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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Peppermint Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

An Extra Special Treat for Santa!!
 Merry Christmas!!!  Yes, I baked today and I've had my eyes on this creation for some time.  I love whoopie pies and I've made them with some success.  I love red velvet cake and I've made it with some success.  But, today on this Christmas Day 2011, I out did myself.  No lying here, these are FABULOUS.   If you love all these flavors, you will LOVE these WHOOPIE!! PIES!!

I created with recipe based some research and on a few from From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens, by Phyllis Pellman Good and Rachel Thomas Pellman.  As far as I know, the original version of this cookbook that I have is out of print.  Amazing book, one of my first from way back in 1988.  A cookbook that holds  many, many happy memories for me...Lastly, I made these for my brother, Chris.  He who LOVES peppermint.

And, see, I couldn't even wait one ~more~ minute longer to sample...
It's Christmas after all.  ;-)

After you sift your dry ingredients together, mix your liquid ingredients together in a measuring cup.  This will make pouring a lot less messy because that red food color is dangerous!

Follow the EASY directions for the batter (same old methods...) and incorporate the last few stirs by hand.  Your batter will be thick and smooth.  Be careful not to over beat.  :-)
Using a scoop (#40 or 1 1/2 tbsp gives a great size pie), place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  No other way, please just trust me.  You'll love me for it later anyway! 
And, yes, I did smooth the tops with a moistened finger (use water...don't be gross).  Works well.
Bake for just about 10 minutes and watch them.  It's easy to overcook chocolate things...Aren't they beautiful?

Now for the frosting.  Seems a bit weird, but this comes from an Amish and Mennonite cookbook that isn't into fancy Swiss or Italian buttercreams.  This one is truly American as there is no cooking of the egg whites and sugar.  You want to incorporate that butter in pieces, beating like hell to emulsify the fat into the egg white/sugar mixture.  This could not have been possible without Peggy's mixer!  Thanks, Peggy!!
Be patient with each piece.  Patience...My Karmic Lesson...This is what it looks like after just a few spins.
This is what it looks like once a piece is fully incorporated.  Almost smooth.
There, that's what you want.  Then add in your liquids and beat like hell.  Yes, you really need to do that or it will/might separate on you.  In the end you will be richly rewarded, okay.  So, trust me.
And, in case you forget what these babies looked like in their Christmas close up...
Some things in life really are worth all that ~extra~ effort!

Peppermint Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Recipes adapted from From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens, by Phyllis Pellman Good and Rachel Thomas Pellman
Makes 17 or 18

Whoopie Pies
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa (I used Dutch-processed and added 1/2 tsp baking powder)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste)
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 buttermilk
1/4 cup Peppermint Mocha Kahlua
1 tbsp red food color
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup hot water

Whoopie Pie Filling
1 egg white
2 cups confectioners’ sugar (unsifted)
3/4 cup butter, room temp (but not too soft), cut into 1 tbsp pieces
1 tbsp Peppermint Schnapps
1 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (again, vanilla bean paste)
Andes Peppermint Pieces to taste (I used 1/2 cup)

To make the Whoopie Pies:
1.  Cream sugar and butter.  Add egg.
2.  Sift together flour, cocoa, (baking powder if using), and salt.  Mix extracts, buttermilk, Peppermint Mocha Kahlua, and red food color.  Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, start and end with flour.  Dissolve soda in hot water and add last.  Mix well.
3. Drop by rounded 1 1/2 tablespoons onto a lined cookie sheet. (I used a #40 scoop; if you use a smaller or larger scoop, vary your baking times.)
4. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.  I did not rotate the pans as these are little cakes, not cookies.  Also, be careful not to over bake or they will be too dry.

To make the Whoopie Pie Filling:
Beat egg white to foamy, add 1 cup sugar.  Beat well.  Then add the other cup of sugar, beat well.  Beat in the butter, a piece at a time.  Add in the flavorings (you can also add these with the egg white and it should be fine).  You want to make an Italian buttercream-type frosting, minus the cooking of the egg whites/sugar.  Fold in the peppermint pieces.

Whoopie Pie Assembly
Make sandwiches from 2 cookies filled with Whoopie Pie Filling.  Spread 1 1/2 tbsp filling (or use a #40 scoop) on flat side of one cookie.  Top with another cookie to form a sandwich.
Optional:  Set aside some of the filling without the peppermint pieces if you want to drizzle over the sandwich.  Here’s how:  thin some of the filling with milk, cream or half and half to make a thin icing.  Drizzle or use a pastry bag.  Sprinkle with whatever you like…
Did you hear those sleigh bells last night, too?
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  1. I bet if you had a few of those, you didn't;-) I'm down with the flu, thanks to a son-in-law who thought it would be better to be sick at my house instead of Madrid! He's paying the price because I'm too sick to bake!! XOXO

  2. Sorry to hear you have the flu, Susan...Hope you're feeling better very soon. And, I limit myself to only one of these per day. Gave the bulk to my brother yesterday. A good thing. ;)

  3. Um... so those were delicious! Chad is lucky he got a bite. You were right and then some, they were awesome!! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Thanks, Talia, for the "delicious"! :) I'll make these again in a different variation...Something with whiskey or bourbon or baileys. More to come! Happy New Year!!!

  5. I have been dying to make red velvet whoopie pies for the longest time. These look amazing! And peppermint... *swoon* Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  6. Oh. My. God. I've been trying to find something deliciously sinful to make with my peppermint mocha kahlua but never thought of this! Genius!

  7. Hey Hayley! I actually want to make these with the filling based on the peppermint mocha kahlua. Had to opt for the peppermint schnapps this time for my brother's tastes. I think you will love these...Just sayin'. :)

  8. I have made these many times and absolutely LOVE them. They always come out perfect.


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