Friday, October 22, 2010

Girls' Night Out: Red Velvet Whoopie Pie

I don't want to get into how long its been since I was a care free co-ed living the college life but one thing is sure I don't see the girls as often as I use to. While we might not have ended the night by drinking till they kicked us out of the bar, it was still a great night and even better when I woke up feeling clear headed and remembering everything! With the temperature dropping and a pregnant friend to satistfy I decided to bake something fun for an after dinner treat.

As the notes say on the Food Network site - please don't expect this to come out exactly like a red velvet cake, whoopie pies are a bit closer to a cakey cookie. While I really liked them as is, I think that making them even more bite size would have been better as they were quite the mouthful.

Recipe taken from Food Network
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 c sour cream
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp red food coloring
2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 c granulated sugar
1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1) Melt the chocolate in the microwave - heat oven to 375F
2) In a large bowl combine melted butter, sour cream, eggs, vinegar, vanilla and red food coloring.
3) Combine dry ingredients - flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt
4) Mix dry ingredients into butter mix in 4 parts - combine completely
5) Add chocolate & mix
6) Pipe onto a parchment covered cookie sheet and smooth tops with wet finger
7) Bake for 10 min and cool for 10 min

8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 c confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract

1) Whip together