Since I had a craving for these recently, I decided to make them for myself as well as my friends and thought it would be nice to share the process of making these delicious treats.
Step 1: Ingredients
Here is what you will need for the whoopie pies:
1. 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
2. 2 Tbsp of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3. 1/2 Tsp of Baking Soda
4. 1/4 Tsp of Salt
5. 1/2 Cup of Softened Butter
6. 1 Cup of Packed Brown Sugar
7. 1 Egg
8. 1 Tsp of Vanilla
9. 1/2 Cup of Buttermilk
10. 1 1-oz Bottle of Red Food Coloring (2 Tbsp)
Here is what you will need for the filling:
1. 1 8oz Package of Cream Cheese
2. 1.5 sticks of Unsalted Softened Butter
3. 1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
4. 1 lb of Confectioners sifted Sugar (all of this may not be needed)
Step 2: Let's Get to Mixing!
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set this aside for now.
Step 3: Mixing Continued
Step 4: Time to Alternate
My first attempt at this recipe wasn't all that good because I dumped all the flour and buttermilk in all at once. Beware! This will have the whoopie pies extra lumpy during the cooking process making them non-presentable.
When the mixture is just starting to combine well, add in the food coloring. I tend to start off with small doses of the coloring so I have the option of seeing what shade of red I would like for the whoopie pies to be. This part is really up to how light or how dark of a red tint you would like it to achieve.
Step 5: Scoop Out the Batter
Make sure to leave an inch between every scoop because these will spread during the cooking process.
Bake them 7 to 9 minutes, or until the tops set and start to crack.
Let these cool on baking racks so they will be ready for the filling.
Step 6: Filling
Some people like marshmallow filling, but I prefer a cream cheese filling because it really reminds me of a slice of red velvet cake.
This part can be done with a bowl and whisk, or with a Kitchen-aid.
Cream together the cream cheese and butter. After this add the vanilla extract and combine thoroughly.
Gradually add the confectioners' sugar until you reach the desired consistency of the filling
Step 7: Eat!
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