Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with cream cheese frosting are perfect for Valentines day! Valentines day is fast approaching and if you plan on making a special meal for your sweetie add these to the menu! Theseย red velvet cakeย cookies have a mild chocolate flavor and a heavenly cream cheese filling layered in between. One of my favorite cake flavors is red velvet, so I was very excited to make these delicious whoopie pies. If you haven’t jumped on the whole whoopie pie band wagon, I suggest you get on-whoopie pies are fabulous!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies


For the Whoopie Pies:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons red food coloring

For the Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment; set aside. In medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high 30 seconds. Beat in brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating after each addition just until combined. Stir in food coloring.
Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1-inch apart.
Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until tops are set. Cool completely on baking sheets on rack. Remove cooled cookies from baking sheets.
To make the cream filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add vanilla extract and beat until combined. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe onto back of 1/2 the cookies

Source: adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

46 Responses to “Red Velvet Whoopie Pies”

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    shivi21 — January 30, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    Awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Nina — January 30, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    These look amazing! PERFECT for valentine’s day. So funny, these are on my list to make next week! Can’t wait. Gorgeous photos, as always!

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    Megan — January 30, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    Your photography is gorgeous! I love these little treats, what a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

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    Laura — January 30, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    I love red velvet! These will definitely be a treat I make for Valentine’s Day this year. Thanks for sharing.

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    briarrose — January 30, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    Stunning! These are the perfect Valentine’s day treats. Awesome color.

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    Beth — January 30, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    I’m seeing whoopie pies everywhere, and my youngest is begging for them! I’ll probably give in before long!

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    happywhennothungry — January 30, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    Your whoopie pies look amazing! I love red velvet cake and the addition of cream cheese frosting makes it even better. Great photos too!

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    katshealthcorner — January 30, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    These are perfect for Valentine’s Day!! OHMYGOSH! SO CUTE!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Amazing photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 30, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    That does look like the perfect Valentine treat! You know we southerners LOVE our red velvet!

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    yourdailygrace — January 30, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    These are a must-bake! They look so cute!

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    Honey — January 31, 2011 @ 2:06 am

    I love RED.VELVET! Anything RED.VELVET! Thanks for your comment. Yes, I heard the midwest was going to be pounded with more snow. It’s CRAZY! What is going on? I don’t think NY/NJ will be slammed as bad, but I think we are expecting ice. Not sure what is worse. I hear ya.. I’m heading to the grocery store tomorrow as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    ezsrecipes — January 31, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    I have seen some other whoopie pie recipes but these stand out to me. I love red velvet and seeing as my husband and myself stay pretty low key on Valentine’s Day, this might be a fun thing for me to make for us.

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    Livin' in the Kitchen — January 31, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    Adorable! I love these!! I tried hopping on the whoppie-pie waggon, I actually made a recipe I liked so much that I asked for a cookbook devoted to them for my birthday… BIG disappointment. Do cookbook publishers have to try recipes? You’d hope so.
    Anyway, these look like they actually belong in a whoopie pie cookbook, now I’ve got to try them!
    Jess : )

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    Victoria — January 31, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    These look moist and delicious,
    how many does this recipe make?

    • Christina replied: — January 31st, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

      They are delicious! This recipes makes about 30 whoopie pies.

      • Victoria replied: — January 31st, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

        Thank you!

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    Sara — January 31, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

    I’ve never had whoopie pies before, but these sure do sound fantastic. Perfect color for Valentine’s Day (or even Christmas)!

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    Julie — February 1, 2011 @ 2:11 am

    Woah woah woah! These are perfect for Valentine’s Day. I love how they are red without looking artificially red! Congrats on making Top 9 again!! Julie

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    Jenny — February 1, 2011 @ 2:43 am

    They look so adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — February 1, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    Sweet Pea, we both made top 9 today!!!! Congrats :).

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    Lucie — February 1, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    These are definitely cute! I’m never brave enough to use all the food coloring needed for the bright red, but this definitely makes me want to give it a go!

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    Alexis AKA MOM — February 1, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    This looks fab, I can’t wait to make them for the next event! Love the title of your blog, my dad use to call me Sweet Pea ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Lin Ann — February 1, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Stunning! Great idea for Valentine’s Day

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    Emily — February 1, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    these look SO good. great photos!

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    Sprinkling of Sugar — February 1, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    Wow! I love Whoooooopie Pies! I’ve been testing out some recipes because they are so fun and delicious. Yours are so gorgeously red, so perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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    the Crabby Cook — February 1, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    There is no recipe on earth that I can think of right now that is more appealing than this one. Even thpugh I’m slightly irritable from post-dinner cleanup, I may just have to whip out some utensils and make this happen…!

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    Ava — February 2, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    I made these and they were DELICIOUS! Albeit not half as pretty as yours, mine just melted into big, flat things. How do you keep that from happening. I also added some white chocolate too the filling, super yummy!

    • Christina replied: — February 2nd, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

      To keep the cookies from melting, there are a few tricks you can try. First, make sure you use softened butter (not room temperature). Properly softened butter should yield slightly to gentle pressure. If the butter is too soft the dough will be more like batter and it will spread too much as it bakes and lose shape. To soften butter, let it stand at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes. If you are short on time you can cut the butter into tablespoon-sized chunks and let it stand at room temperature. Second, once you drop the dough on the prepared baking sheets and place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before baking. Those two tricks should help with the spreading.

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    26 — February 2, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    so cute! will def save these in my online cookbook,

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    Judy Cauley — February 2, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    These look delicious! I will definitely be “making whoopie” this Valentine’s Day!

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    Pygmypuff20 — February 9, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    I finally got round to making these today! I have to say the icing wasn’t that thick >.< though I added the right amounts of ingredients but ended up using more icing sugar than stated. It was blimming hard getting the colouring into the mixture as well. I also used cocktail sticks so that the cookies wouldn't slide. But it was all worth it! I decided to use the left over icing and put hearts on the top of them! Thank you very much for the recipe ! They taste absolutely delicious and I'm going to try the chocolate and marshmallow ones next ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Christina replied: — February 14th, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

      Sorry to hear the the recipe did not quite turn out right. I am glad to hear that the final result was tasty! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    honokat — April 3, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    Thank you! This was my first try & it wasn’t too bad. Maybe in your recipe directions you could add the “Yield” amount? Mine were way too big and the frosting was too thin; I only added 3 tsp. of the vanilla. But it was very yummy & I will try it again. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Christina replied: — April 9th, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

      This recipe makes about 25 whoopie pies. I am sorry to hear that the frosting was thin, if it is too thin next time you make them try adding more powdered sugar until you get the right consistency. Hope this helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Daina — October 1, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    Looks WONDERFUL! I’m going to make them pink instead (less red food coloring) because I want them pink and white for a breast cancer awareness party! These will be perfect and a crowd pleaser!

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    Judi — December 14, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    Valentine’s … schmalentine’s! I’m making these for my office Christmas Party (I’m actually planning on doing a mix of these and your Gingerbread/Eggnog ones!)… If I win the bake off I’ll let you know! Thanks for sharing!

    • Christina replied: — December 15th, 2011 @ 8:28 am

      Yea!! I hope everyone enjoys them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Annie — January 9, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    THANK YOU!!!! I have been searching high and low for a recipe that didn’t spread like crazy and these were the ones! I got cute little round cookies instead of flat crazy cookies. Great recipe! Easy and perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Christina replied: — January 9th, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the whoopie pies Annie! Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know how they turned out for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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