This year, I added a new item to the goodie bags, Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. It's red velvet cake cookies with a vanilla/cream cheese filling. They. Are. Heavenly. And since they're red and white, they are the perfect color for giving out this time of year, or taking to a holiday party. But if you're over-done this season, try making them for Valentine's Day. ;) Gotta love all the red-themed holidays, right?
Anyway, here is the recipe for these delicious treats :
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
the cookies :
1 package of red velvet cake mix
1/3 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. water
the filling :
1 can vanilla frosting
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese
Mix the cream cheese and frosting together in a bowl, then spoon into a ziploc bag and put in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl combine the cake mix, butter, eggs, and water, and mix thoroughly until well-blended. Using a small spoon, or a cookie drop spoon, spoon a small portion of the batter onto the cookie sheet. (I don't have a cookie drop spoon, so I just used a small table spoon and tried to create drops about the same size.) Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. You want the edges to be set and the tops to be more spongy than gooey. Let the cookies cool.
Pair up the cookies according to size. Since some of mine came out larger, and some smaller, I tried to match the ones together that were most similar in size. Squeeze a dollop of filling onto one cookie and press the cookies together lightly. Put in an airtight container or cover with plastic and place in the fridge for an hour (or until ready to serve or bag) to set. The filling can be quite runny and letting them set in the fridge will help the filling to firm a bit so your cookies stay together better.
And the taste? Absolutely scrum-diddly-umptious!! Yum Yum Yum!!