Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies are generously sized, fire engine red-hued super soft cookies that sandwich a pillowy cream cheese filling. You can call them red velvet sandwich cookies, red velvet cake cookies, but I think Red Velvet Whoopie Pies is most fitting. 

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

If you’re anything like me, you’re curious about where this rockstar of the dessert world originated because Red Velvet Cake isn’t exactly your typical, regular ass cake.

It is a chocolate cake, not a white cake spiked with red food coloring. The differentiating factor between Red Velvet Cake and the typical chocolate cake is that Red Velvet calls for the addition of buttermilk and vinegar.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Another difference is the use of cocoa powder instead of chocolate, which gives the cake a more subtle chocolate flavor by comparison. 

What is the History of Red Velvet Cake?

There’s more than one story to explain the exact origins of Red Velvet. According to certain historians, the cake was born in the early 1900’s at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, a bastion of luxury and sophistication.

It’s said that a savvy baker at the hotel, seeking to create a cake worthy of the high society clientele, stumbled upon the magical chemical reaction between unprocessed cocoa and vinegar that produced a red tint in the cake.

Hence the “red” in Red Velvet.

Now, notice I said red “tint”, and that’s because the hue of red in red velvet cakes back then were a little on the subtle side compared to our vibrant red cakes today.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

It was also discovered that the combination also made for a tighter crumb texture and a tangier flavor than traditional chocolate cake, especially when the unprocessed cocoa is combined with both vinegar and buttermilk.

Vinegar also gives cake a fluffy, soft texture that separates it from typical cakes.

Hence “velvet” in the name. 

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

When cocoa processing was changed to Dutch-processing (like it is today), that pretty much put a stop to the chemical reaction that turned cakes red.

Because Red Velvet had established a name for itself, bakers started using beets and/or beet juice to get a similar red color.

Before long, food coloring was invented and cake bakers had the ability to color cakes as vibrantly as they wanted. 

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Variations on Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

So, apparently what constitutes a “whoopie pie” is two mound-shaped cake style cookies with a sweet, creamy filling in between them. That being the case, it’s basically limitless what you could create.

Here are a few suggestions –   

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Obviously, I rolled my cookie dough in sanding sugar before baking, but this is optional. It definitely elevates them a little, but they’re still pretty without it. This is completely up to you.

Here’s your printable –    

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

A spin on the traditional whoopie pie, two Red Velvet cookies sandwiching a luscious cream cheese filling.


Cream Cheese Filling

Cookie Dough


Red Velvet Cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and red food coloring and mix to combine.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed, until combined.
  5. Scoop tablespoon size balls, roll in sanding sugar, then place onto cookie sheets.
  6. Gently flatten the balls using the bottom of a small drinking glass.
  7. Bake about 8-10 minutes, until cookies are starting to slightly brown around edges.
  8. Cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla then mix until smooth.
  3. Add more powdered sugar or a splash of milk, if needed, until desired consistency is reached.
  4. After the cookies have cooled, add a small spoonful of cream cheese filling onto the bottom one cookie. Place another cookie on top and press together to make a whoopie pie,
  5. Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 232mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 3g

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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