Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Countdown - Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

4 days until Christmas . . .

Wow, we are wrapping up the countdown. I hope everyone has all their Christmas shopping complete and all the presents are snuggled safely under the tree. If not, you have FOUR days to get it done!

Today, we are making WHOOPie pies! (anybody get it?) You can make chocolate or vanilla and dye them any color you want, but today we will be making Red Velvet whoopie pies. (these are also great for Valentine's Day - fyi). These can be decorated different ways as well, once you fill the cookies roll the pie in sprinkles and they are Christmasy!!

The recipe today will be using a cake mix to allow you the opportunity to make any flavor whooppie pie you want and because I know you are busy and the box makes it easier. It's okay to use cake mixes, they were made to make things easier for you! I always have a few boxes ready to go - just in case!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Cookies: - Makes about 36
1 Box cake mix
1/2 Cup butter
2 Eggs

Cream Cheese Filling:
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 lb (approx 4 cups) powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Cookies: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (you don't have to, it just makes clean up a breeze). Mix all 3 ingredients in mixer until well combined. This will be a little sticky, that's okay. Drop spoonfuls of cookie batter onto your prepared baking sheet about two inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes (my oven was 8 minutes!). Let cool COMPLETELY!

Filling: In a mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla.  Gradually powdered sugar and mix until smooth.  Dye any color you choose.  

Spread or pipe the filling in between the cookies. Leave some room on the edge to allow for spreading when you press the cookies together.  I usually let them sit for 10 minutes or so to let the frosting set.

Tomorrow I will show you a quick stocking stuffer that everyone will enjoy eating.

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