Whoop There It Is

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After a nice, week-long break in Chandler, AZ I am finally back in the beautiful (50 degree and cloudy) Columbus, Ohio weather.  I already miss the warm weather and sunshine that happened just about every day I was there.  The only thing I really wasn’t liking about the state itself was the dryness and lack of grass.  Looking past that, the beautiful mountains and scenery really make Arizona so beautiful.

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Anyways, I’m back and after not cooking all week I thought it would be a good idea to spend a little time in the kitchen today.  My roommates are all out and about so I decided to stop at the grocery, pick up some mixins, and make something new.  With today also being Sweetest Day, I tried to find something that incorporates that aspect into the mix.  Here’s how my thought process went:

Sweetest Day= Baking + Color Red= Red Velvet!!! (duh)

Don’t be overwhelmed by the mathematical formula I just showed you.  I do know that no one likes to think too hard on the weekends.  Taking that all into consideration, I thought it would be a great idea to make some Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.  My mind works in mysterious ways when it comes to ideas of food, but I think I got the idea for whoopie pies because I really just wanted some homemade cream cheese frosting.

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The nice thing about whoopie pies is that you can either make everything from scratch OR you can make it a little easier on yourself and use a box mix.  Why go the long route when you can take short cuts- I of course used the box mix. These only take a couple ingredients and definitely are not too time consuming, making them a fun, easy, and different dessert than the common cupcakes or chocolate covered strawberries one may decide to buy or make on Sweetest Day (if people out there even celebrate it like my family does).

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Check out the recipe below for these Red Velvet Whoopie Pies and don’t forget to bake up something sweet for your someone special today on Sweetest Day!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies:

  • 1 Box of Devils Food Cake Mix (I used Betty Crocker)
  • 1/2 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 (4 serving) box of chocolate instant pudding and pie mix

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 2- 8 oz. blocks of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat together all of the ingredients for the outside of the pies in a mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer. Start slow so the powder in the bowl doesn’t fly out of the bowl and then increase speed until all mixed together.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or use non-stick cooking spray).  Pipe out circles of the cake mixture far enough apart from each other, size to preference, or use a spoon and smooth the tops.  The original recipe says for about 1/4 cup serving size for each circle.  (I made some big and some small, cook smaller ones for less time).

Bake for approximately 10 minutes and cool on paper towels.

To make the cream cheese frosting, soften the cream cheese and butter first.  Then place in a bowl with the remaining ingredients and beat together with electric hand mixer until smooth.

Once the cookies have cooled, either pipe out or spoon the cream cheese frosting onto one cookie flat-end and place another cookie on top to make your sandwiches.  Repeat with remaining cream cheese.

Adapted from: Betty Crocker and All Recipes

Have a sweet day!

-Kelcie