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! These¬†red velvet cake¬†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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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