Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cookie of the Month

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Ever had a whoopie pie? My very first memory of one is those my mom bought us early in the mornings [freshly delivered to the grocer.] We called them 'mickey' cakes and they were chocolate goodness with cream filling. Then when I spent sometime out west I met a family from back east [don't you love it?!] and she made the most incredible whoopie pies - just like the mickey cakes I'd had as a kid. Jotted the recipe down, and you know what? Never made them.
When it comes to cookies I'd always dreamed I'd be the roll-out-the dough, take the time to decorate each one individually, kind of mom - but my real life was much busier than I'd envisioned and we maybe made roll-out & decorate cookies two times while the boys were growing up. I'm definitely more the scoop and drop kind of cookie gal.
But I've always wanted to make a whoopie pie...
When I first saw this recipe in Better Homes and Gardens before Christmas I knew it would be perfect for Valentine's Day! So cute and valentine-y! The weekend I'd planned to make them I left the torn-out recipe at work so searched on the web to find it and found this much easier
[and probably less expensive] recipe that I use here.
The ingredients:
Red Velvet Cake Mix
3 eggs
Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup flour
Filling:
1/4 cup butter
4 oz cream cheese
7 0z marshmallow cream
Preheat oven to 375*
Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding the 1/2 cup flour. Do not add more flour.
The 'dough' should resemble pancake batter.
[Note - be careful with this batter - it's very RED and will stain...]
To make round whoopie pies: scoop batter into a large plastic zipper bag, snip off a very small bit of one corner and pipe the dough onto cookie sheets in one inch blobs,
being careful to leave about an inch between each blob.
[I cover my cookie sheets with foil and spray with 'pam.']
Bake for 6 -8 minutes. Cool.
Prepare filling by blending all ingredients together.
After the whoopie pies have cooled,
scoop a small bit of filling onto one side of the 'pie' and top with another side of the 'pie.'
Share with those you love...
I have to admit the filling isn't quite the taste I wanted...a little too cream cheesey for me...
I think the recipe from the friend of a friend used raw egg whites - maybe not a good idea,
but I'm wondering if possibly some coolwhip and the marshmallow cream
might work a little better...
I bet you could make the chocolate version using a nice chocolate cake mix.

1 comment:

Kelly Chandler said...

My mom made these at Christmas! They are SO delicious!

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