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It all started at Costco a few weeks ago. You all know that when it comes to Costco, I’m a sucker for picking up a cheap cookbook. But I’ve been trying to be better and use what I have at home instead of spending more money. A few weeks ago, I decided just to walk by and just glance at what they had. I ended up picking up a copy of The Deen Family Cookbook and started looking through it’s pages. There, towards the back, was a picture of the most beautiful cupcakes. Now, I love red velvet, and I love a good whoopie pie, so when I saw this picture of red velvet whoopie pies, I was in love.

But I was a good girl and put the book back down. I don’t need another cookbook, I thought to myself. And I definitely don’t need to be eating more cookies – especially after all the treats from last month. I put the book down and walked away.

Then last week, I was watching an episode of the Rachael Ray Show. Paula Deen was a guest that day, and guess what she made?? These Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. I knew right then that it was destiny that I made these cookies. And I needed a new cookbook for the May Cookbook of the Month, so it couldn’t have been better timing!!

I did have a few issues with these cookies – mainly from the instructions. The original recipe says to “drop by teaspoonfull”. And that’s what I did for the first batch. I ended up with these cookies that were so cute and little – but it would have taken me all day to make them, and I would have ended up with about a million cookies!! For the rest of the batter, I made them into regular sized cookies – 12 cookies to a cookie sheet. I don’t know how many cookies I actually ended up with because my husband kept eating the unfilled cookies!

We really enjoyed these cookies. But I have to admit – and all you true Southerners out there please don’t boycott me – but I love cream cheese icing with red velvet. This filling was good, but I missed the tang of the cream cheese. But even without the cream cheese icing, these cookies got high marks from us!

Recipe rating: 4.25 out of 5

Cousin Johnnies Red Velvet Whoopie Pies | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Cousin Johnnie’s Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
from The Deen Family Cookbook

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups canola oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
one 1-ounce bottle red food coloring
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two cookie sheets. Sift the flour, baking soda, and cocoa together. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, food coloring, and vanilla.

Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and eggs together until they turn pale and double in volume. Add the oil mixture and beat to combine. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately in five small additions, starting and ending with the flour.

Drop the batter onto the baking sheets, allowing 1 inch between drops, as the cookies will spread. You’ll be making 48 cookies. Bake until the cookies are firm but not crisp, about 12 minutes. Transfer immediately to racks to cool.

To make the filling, put the flour into a medium saucepan and slowly add the milk, whisking until smooth. Set over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly with a whisk, until very thick, about 3 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Cream the sugar, butter, shortening, and vanilla with an electric mixer. Add the cooled flour mixture and whip until fluffy. Spread onto one cookie and top it with another to make a sandwich; repeat with the remaining cookies and filling. Cover the filled whoopee pies with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

*Note – for whoopie pies, I find that it’s easier (and I end up with more uniform circles) to pipe the batter instead of dropping it. I also pipe the frosting into the centers which makes them a lot easier to make!!

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30 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Cousin Johnnie’s Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Oh, they look sooooo pretty! What gorgeous Whoopie Pies!



  2. Lisa says:

    Love the way they look. Looking forward to your new giveaway blog.

  3. kat says:

    They turned out super cute! I’m with you though I love cream cheese with my red velvet cake

  4. April says:

    I love cream cheese with my red velvet cake too. These little babies look fantastic!

  5. Abby says:

    They are gorgeous!

    But this Southerner doesn’t do red velvet – I always find the vinegar too strong.

    I wonder if you can leave that part out….

  6. Maria♥ says:

    Wow these are amazing!!!


  7. kristina says:

    What a gorgeous red! And you can’t go wrong with whoopie pies–mmm! K x

  8. Tea says:

    I love the way they look.

  9. Nama says:

    Oh man, I love a good red velvet cake recipe. And these look delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Kristen says:

    These are brilliant!
    And yes, those recipes that say to drop by the teaspoonful drive me nuts. Who needs itty bitty cookies like that? I’d just use that as an excuse to eat a million of them!

  11. Paula says:

    I’ve never had a whoopie pie, but it sure is fun to say! They look darling. Am I reading correcting that you are starting a 2nd blog? Best wishes to you!

  12. The Fab Miss B says:

    Can’t wait to try em. Prettiest cream pies I’ve ever seen!

  13. Dragon says:

    What a gorgeous colour!

  14. RecipeGirl says:

    Well first of all, those RED whoopie pies would have caught my eye too. Fantastic. And I’m with you on the cream cheese filling too!!

    2ND- love that you’re doing a giveaway blog. I don’t really care for the blogs that do numerous giveaways that take away from their food posts, so a blog devoted to just that is perfect! I already have the Hershey cookbook, so I’ll check out the next one.

  15. Emily says:

    Wow! These are awesome! A red velvet whoopie pie is such a good idea.

    I think this icing would be good, but I think cream cheese would be good as well.

  16. kayce. says:

    you should submit these to foodea.com’s whoopie pie bake off! :)) there are some great prizes.

  17. Michelle says:

    okay, as soon as I can eat sugar again, I’m totally going to make these and take them to some sort of party! They look so delicious, and pretty! you’re amazing Deb. love you!

  18. Maria says:

    Love the red whoopie pies! So fun!

  19. Elyse says:

    These whoopie pies look fantastic!! I’m with you, though, I love a good cream cheese frosting. I’m heading over to Foodie Giveaway right now!!

  20. Grace says:

    yes…a teaspoon of dough would never satisfy my cookie appetite and would result in way too much tedious labor–good call making ‘em bigger. :)

  21. Katie says:

    These whoopie pies look wonderful and I love the sound of the new foodie blog

  22. Chocolate Shavings says:

    Those look delicious Deborah, and I love your photo!

  23. The Queen of Quite a Lot says:

    They look fabulous! I don’t know if I’ve ever had Red Velvet Cake, but these make me want to try it!

  24. Clements Family says:

    Looks delish!!

  25. Kim says:

    Your whoopie pies are too cute! Haven’t had red velvet cake in ages.

  26. Jean Bugs says:

    Good Lord I love a good Whoopie pie! And good Lord I love Red Velvet! I think I’ve died and gone to heaven with the two together!!!! And when you put the true filling in them like this recipe has, well I just can’t even describe my level of euphoria!!!!

  27. vixanne says:

    Taste and tell….well, I'll tell alright! May this be a warning: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BAKE THESE. There is a mistake in here. The cookie did NOT rise and the frosting was nothing short of horrendous. I followed this EXACT recipe. I've baked many difficult things in my time and almost all of them have been edible. This, however, was a disaster. A plague on both your houses!!! Please check this recipe before you prepare to bake!

  28. Deborah says:

    Hi Vixanne – I wish you would have left a blog or email so I could contact you so that we could figure out what went wrong! I went back and re-checked the recipe – everything is correct. I followed the same recipe and got a great result, so I'm not quite sure what happened for you! Please feel free to email me if you want my help to figure out what went wrong.

  29. Leslie says:

    I made these tonight and they turned out beautifully and are delicious. Instead of using a teaspoon, I used a small cookie scoop. I liked the filling but like you prefer cream cheese icing. I think I'll try it with the icing next time I make these. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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