Thursday, January 7, 2010

Better Off Red Whoopie Pies

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 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!

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  1. Love the whoopie pies and the red shoe
    Makes me think of the wizard of oz...just
    click your heals together and these delightful
    pies will bring you home to warm memories

  2. This shoe is so cute! I love your red theme--getting ready for Valentines day already. These whoopie pies are perfect :)

  3. Kathryn can't wait to make these for Valentines Day! They look incredible and I agree with Erin, your shoe does inspire visions of Ruby Slippers. Magical!

  4. Susan! I love the shoe - and the flower on it is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your MANY talents!! - Cathy

  5. You are soooo creative...the shoe is beautiful (as are all your projects) and the whoopie pies look delicious (as all your baking is)!