What better way to think ahead to Valentine's Day than a recipe that would bring a big smile to your sweetheart? I came across "Better Off Red" Whoopie Pies in the January/February edition of Food Network Magazine and thought they'd go spendidly with my "Give-Away" project. (I talk about that later, but let's get to the recipe).
Preheat oven to 375F-degrees. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
Combine: 1 ounce of semisweet chocolate
1/2 ounce of milk chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt at 50% power for 1-2 minutes. Meanwhile, on top of the stove, melt:
12 Tablespoons of unsalted butter.
In a mixing bowl, combine:
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vingegar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 Tablespoon of red food coloring
1/2 sour cream.
Whisk well. Then, add the melted butter and whisk again.
In another bowl, combine:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Whisk well, then add to egg/butter mixture in four additions, stirring completely before adding the next batch. Finally, stir in the melted chocolate.
Use a Two-Tablespoon scoop to heap the batter onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake untile the cookies spring back when lightly pressed, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool.
Meanwhile, prepare filling:
Place 8 ounces of cream cheese and 3 Tablespoons of butter at room temperature into your Kitchenaid bowl with paddle attachment. Cream together thoroughly. Add 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla. Cream again until fluffly. Sandwich a heaping tablespoon onto one of the cookies and top with another. Repeat until all halves are used. Makes 18 (approximately) Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.
Now, for the Give-Away...in addition to my love for baking, I am a paper-artist and create flowers, using craft-punches and other supplies. Here is my idea for stepping out on Valentine's Day with a unique shoe (Click here for the template) that makes even Carrie (from Sex & The City) jealous! . So, all you have to do is comment on the blog and your name will be entered to win this one-of-a-kind shoe, all done in paper & signed by the artist :) ! I will draw a name from everyone registered at the end of the month and send it to the lucky recipient, boxed up in a keepsake clear box. Enjoy!