Your Weekend Just Got Better: Bakerella’s Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

05/30/2014 at 03:28 PM ET

Bakerella's red velvet whoopie pies

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Angie Dudley, a.k.a Bakerella, is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Cake Pops and creator of Bakerella.com. Visit PEOPLE.com on Fridays for her sweet spin on celebrity recipes and more.

When it comes to cake, red velvet is one of my favorite flavors to make just about any time of the year.

For birthdays and other celebrations, this two-layer Red Velvet Cake from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro would be beautiful served on a pedestal.

But if you like baking and taking treats to others, then skip the full cake and try these small sandwich cookies to share with friends. They’re easy to make, convenient to carry and will (literally and figuratively) brighten up anyone’s day.

Bakerella's red velvet whoopie pies

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Once you make the red velvet batter, scoop it onto a cookie sheet to bake evenly sized little cakes.

Bakerella's red velvet whoopie pies

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After they cool, just sandwich cream cheese frosting in between pairs of these cakey cookies. My homemade frosting recipe is below, and it’s so simple.

Bakerella's red velvet whoopie pies

Courtesy Bakerella

Whoopie! Cute little cakes in cookie form.

You’ll want to sink your teeth right in — and so will your friends.

Bakerella's red velvet whoopie pies

Courtesy Bakerella

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Makes 16

2½ cups flour
1 tbsp. cocoa
1½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup butter, softened, plus 4 tbsp.
¼ cup shortening, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla, divided
¾ cup buttermilk
1 tbsp. red food coloring
4 oz. cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa, soda and salt together with a wire whisk.

3. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.

4. Add egg, 1 tsp. vanilla and food coloring. Mix until combined.

5. Add flour and milk in two additions, alternating between each until completely combined.

6. Scoop batter about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. You should have about 32 cookies (to make 16 whoopie pies).

7. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and cool for 5 minutes before placing on wire rack to cool completely.

8. To make frosting, beat cream cheese and remaining 4 tbsp. butter until creamy. Continue mixing on low and slowly add powdered sugar until combined. Then add remaining 1 tsp. vanilla and mix until just combined.

9. Pipe frosting on half of the cookies and then sandwich them together with the other halves.

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John on

Ugh, I can taste the chemicals in the red food coloring from here. Bakerella’s recipes are outdated and disgusting.

Paula on

Well I think these look great! Kids would love them.

Susan on

I’m with you John! Might be ok without the stupid red dye… just saw at the store a blue velvet cake mix! What is our obsession with neon colored food???? SICK! No wonder kids get poisoned drinking neon blue or green antifreeze or window cleaner. Things used to be that color to denote poison!

Scott on

@John and Susan….really? You people really need to get a life.

Marlon Felippe on

Where does the buttermilk goes?

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yum on

@ Marlon – step #5 … Add flour and “milk”

Vanessa on

If you do not put in the red food dye it will still come out a red hue, it just wont be so bright red. Also, instead of shortening, I’d rather use coconut oil, palm oil, or beef tallow.

Sunshine on

Sub beet juice for red coloring. Never tried it but I believe that it was used “way back when”. Remember, don’t look for problems, look for solutions!! Have a great day!!

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