Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Red velvet whoopie pies (or gobs, depending on where you live) are filled with cream cheese frosting and are perfect for Valentine’s Day dessert!

A stack of three red velvet whoopie pies.

Nothing screams Valentine’s Day dessert quite like red velvet, am I right?!

It seems that it was created specifically with this holiday in mind. Although many variations of red velvet are sold year-round, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to dust off the red velvet recipes and let them shine!

In the past, I’ve also made red velvet cupcakes (which far surpassed any I have found in bakeries!), red velvet cheesecake (a Cheesecake Factory copycat!), a red velvet roll cake, and a red velvet poke cake… all huge hits!

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So naturally I wanted to keep the red velvet train rolling… Cue the whoopie pie!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies!

A stack of three red velvet whoopie pies.

I’ve mentioned before that I grew up eating the chocolate cake and white filling version of whoopie pies known as “gobs” in the Pittsburgh area, but I love all of the variations that have sprouted up in recent years. There’s pumpkin, s’mores, and a whole host of others. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

However, if an easy recipe for red velvet whoopie pies is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place!

A glass mixing bowl with red velvet cookie batter.

Can You Make Red Velvet Whoopie Pies Without Buttermilk?

So, you want to make red velvet whoopie pies, but you don’t have buttermilk. No problem – you can make your own!

Using soured milk is a key component to red velvet cake batter, as the acidic liquid is needed to combine with the baking soda and cocoa powder to get the rise and texture right, so if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, use the following substitution:

  • Pour 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar to a measuring cup. Add enough milk (I recommend 2% or whole) to measure 1 cup total. Stir together and let sit for 5 minutes, then use as directed in the recipe below.

Baked red velvet whoopies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

While these gorgeous red velvet whoopie pies are amazing as-is, here are some ideas for switching them up!

  • Use a peppermint filling (and maybe roll in green sanding sugar) for a perfect Christmas dessert.
  • Make the batter in a cake pan and then cut out heart shapes and fill to amp up the Valentine’s factor!
  • Instead of cream cheese frosting, try using a marshmallow frosting (skip the toasted marshmallows!) or 7 minute frosting to change up the flavor.
  • Use a chocolate frosting for the filling, because… chocolate.

If you’re looking for the best recipe for red velvet whoopie pies for Valentine’s Day, you’ve found it!

These are fluffy, a little chocolatey, a deep, gorgeous red, and filled with sinfully sweet cream cheese frosting. Totally dreamy!

Overhead view of red velvet whoopie pies.

Four years ago: Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Five years ago: Buckeye Brownies
Seven years ago: Sausage Dip
Eight years ago: Cappuccino Cinnamon Squares

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Author Michelle
Servings 24 assembled whoopie pies
Prep 40 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 1 hour 10 minutes
Course:Dessert
Cuisine:American
Red velvet whoopie pies (or gobs, depending on where you live) are filled with cream cheese frosting and are perfect for Valentine's Day dessert!

Ingredients:

For the Whoopies

  • 3
    cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/3
    cup
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1
    teaspoon
    baking powder
  • ½
    teaspoon
    baking soda
  • ½
    teaspoon
    salt
  • ½
    cup
    unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½
    cup
    vegetable shortening
  • ½
    cup
    light brown sugar
  • 1
    cup
    granulated sugar
  • 2
    eggs
  • 2
    teaspoons
    vanilla extract
  • 3
    teaspoons
    red food coloring
  • 1
    cup
    buttermilk

For the Cream Cheese Filling

  • 4
    ounces
    cream cheese
    (at room temperature)
  • ¼
    cup
    unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • cups
    powdered sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Make the Whoopies: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter, shortening and both sugars on low speed until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy and smooth, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and the red food coloring and beat until just blended.
  4. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the buttermilk to the batter and beat on low until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining flour mixture and remaining ½ cup buttermilk and beat until completely combined.
  5. Using a spoon (or a medium cookie scoop, which is what I used), drop a tablespoon of batter onto one of the prepared baking sheets and repeat, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time for about 10 minutes each, or until the cakes spring back when pressed gently. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cakes cool on the sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
  6. Make the Cream Cheese Filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese and butter on medium speed. Add the sugar and beat on low speed until combined. Add the vanilla and increase the speed to medium-high; beat until creamy and smooth, about 4 minutes.
  7. Assemble the Whoopie Pies: Spread the filling onto the flat side of one cake using a knife of spoon. Alternatively, you can use a pastry bag with a round tip (I used a #12 Wilton tip) to pipe the filling onto the cake. Top it with another cake, flat-side down. Repeat with the rest of the cakes and filling. Assembled whoopie pies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you need to stack layers, place a piece of wax paper between layers.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one whoopie pie

Nutrition:

Calories: 295kcal
Fat: 12g
Saturated fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 35mg
Sodium: 105mg
Potassium: 82mg
Carbohydrates: 43g
Sugar: 30g
Protein: 2g
Vitamin A: 5.5%
Calcium: 3.5%
Iron: 5.7%

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[photos by Whitney Wright]

This recipe was originally published on February 10, 2011.