Green Velvet Whoopie Pies

HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY! Here is a great festive dessert found on Annie’s Eats. She made hearts, I made clovers! Make any shape and any color!

ENJOY!

Ingredients:
For the cookies:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 oz. green food coloring

For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375.
Using a clover template cut out from card stock, trace evenly spaced clovers onto pieces of parchment paper sized to fit two cookie sheets.  Place the parchment on the cookie sheets so that the side you have drawn on is facing down; set aside.


In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Beat in the egg until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.  Blend in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, beat in about a third of the dry ingredients, followed by half of the buttermilk, beating each addition just until incorporated.  Repeat so that all the buttermilk has been added and then mix in the final third of dry ingredients.  Do not overbeat.  Blend in the food coloring.
Transfer the batter to a pastry bag fitted with a large plain round tip.  Pipe the batter onto the parchment paper using the clover  tracings as a guide.  Bake 7-9 minutes or until the tops are set, rotating the baking sheets halfway through.  Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets at least 10 minutes, until they can be easily transferred to a cooling rack.  Repeat with any remaining batter.
Allow cookies to cool completely before proceeding.
To make the cream cheese frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 2-3 minutes.  Mix in the vanilla extract.  Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until totally incorporated, increase the speed and then beat until smooth.
Transfer the frosting to a clean pastry bag fitted with a plain, round tip.  Pair the cookies up by shape and size.
Flip one cookie of each pair over so that the flat side is facing up.
Pipe frosting onto the flat-sided cookie of each pair, leaving the edges clear.  Sandwich the cookies together so the flat sides are facing each other and press gently to help the filling reach the edges.  To store, refrigerate in an airtight container.

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6 Comments on “Green Velvet Whoopie Pies”

  1. chefpriyanka says:

    cute!! And so creative with your clover cut outs- i love it!
    http://chefpriyanka.wordpress.com

  2. Christine says:

    Love it! Whoopie pie flavor combination were already numerous but adding holiday shape possibilities? Mind blowing! 🙂

  3. These look so awesome. Love the shamrock shape. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your whoopie pies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/03/sweets-for-saturday-9.html

  4. […] of feeding ourselves, I decided on the Green Velvet Shamrock Whoopie Pies.  I found the recipe on lovestoeat here.  One thing that took me aback when I tried to make Paula Deen’s Red Velvet Whoopie Pies is […]

  5. Thank you for these! I made them and they came out terrific! Perfect in every way!
    http://tinyurl.com/b69ovyl


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