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Christmas prep

We’ve really been getting in the Christmas spirit around the house this week.  Lizzie has been practicing her Christmas carols…

Wilson has learned all about Christmas trees, how ornaments are not toys, and that drinking tree water isn’t the best idea…

Wes happily helped me decorate our tree, while listening to me quote every line from Love Actually while we watched it.  Yes, I do realize how annoying that is.

But I can’t help but be amazed with myself when I remember every line after only allowing myself to watch it two or three times a year.  Although it is one of my favorite movies, I can only watch it after Halloween.

And I have been doing what I do best during the Christmas season… baking. All that healthy food fight stuff really sent me on a downward spiral on the health wagon.  But, the majority of these items leave the house immediately after I bake them.
Like these red velvet whoopie pies, for example.
After getting over how adorable they are, I realized that they actually are good.
Red Velvet cake is one of those cakes I hardly ever make. It is just a light chocolate cake in disguise, so it has never been one of my favorite.
But, I have to say I am really loving red velvet cake in whoopie pie form.  However, chances are I will love any dessert that has been pressed together with cinnamon buttercream.
Gosh they are cute.
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Heavily modified from Paula Dean’s whoopie pie recipe
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
5 – 6 drops red food coloring.
For the icing

Use my buttercream icing recipe that I used for the snickerdoodles, found here
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, and salt together.
In a mixing bowl, add eggs and sugar. Beat until well combined, batter should be a pale yellow, about three minutes.  Add in oil and vanilla. Beat until combined.
Gradually add in flour and buttermilk mixture. Add about one cup flour mix, then half a cup buttermilk. Blend. Repeat this process until everything is added.
Drop tbsp size dollops on a cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes.
Let cookies cool, then smear icing on one side of a cookie and press together with another cookie to form whoopie pies.
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December 15, 2011 - 8:21 am

stephtamayo - Looks Delicious!

December 15, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Annakate @ Just A Pinch Recipe Club - I love that you wrapped them up with a bow! What a treat. I love embellished sweets around the holidays…

December 15, 2011 - 12:19 pm

Linds - Thank you! Even though I was on the fence about red velvet cake, these turned out so great. They would make great little gifts.

December 18, 2011 - 10:54 am

Sasha - Made these yesterday and loved them! Never made red velvet or whoopie pies before. How did you store them? Mine got sticky on the top. I baked, then put the icing on them this morning due to time. I put them in a container, but some of them stuck together.

December 18, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Linds - Yes, I could definitely see how they would stick together. They are a bit tacky. I put mine in a two tiered cupcake holder and tried to not stack them so sticking wasn’t a big issue. I’m so glad you liked them!

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