With Valentine’s Day approaching fast, I’m sure all of you are looking for a special Valentine’s Day treat for your loved ones. Each year, I prepare a scrumptious meal along with a delicious dessert for Valentine’s Day. Sometimes it’s red velvet cupcakes, a classic red velvet cake, chocolate cakes, or any other heart shape dessert to show my love for my family. This year, I decided to try my hands at the classic whoopie pie recipe, so I’m making Valentine’s whoopie pie cookies!
Why We Love this Whoopie Pies Recipe?
It’s Valentine’s Day, and everything about this time of the year is to love, especially if it’s soft cookies in lovely colors with creamy filling! We’re talking about everyone’s favorite whoopie pies.
These Valentine’s whoopie pies are soft, pillowy, creamy, and fluffy. Plus, they are sweet, colorful, and filled with creamy frosting. I am preparing them for Valentine’s Day; however, you can bake them for a BBQ afternoon, a potluck supper, a birthday party, or a family dinner. This easy whoopie pie recipe is the perfect dessert option, whether it’s a special occasion or not!
Moreover, traditional whoopie pies are an all-time favorite dessert for kids and adults alike; therefore, if you give them a little twist by making them vibrant, it’s going to be a definite crowd-pleaser.
The best thing about Valentine’s Day whoopie pies is that all the ingredients used for making them are usually available at our homes. And the vibrant red, purple, and pink colors make them super tempting.
So, whip up that red, purple, and pink batter, bake the cookies to perfection, sandwich the delicious frosting between them, and celebrate Valentine’s Day full of love and sweetness!
Ingredients for Valentine’s Whoopie Pie Cookies
We require separate ingredients for the cookies and the frosting for this recipe.
For the Cookies:
- Butter: We need ¾ cup butter for the cookie dough mixture and ¼ cup for the frosting. Make sure the butter is softened at room temperature.
- White Sugar: I used 1 cup of sugar for this recipe; however, you can also use brown sugar or half-and-half for soft and chewy cookies.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the taste of all other ingredients and gives the flour mixture and frosting a sweet and tempting aroma.
- All-Purpose Flour: All-purpose flour is the best for this recipe, but make sure to sift it before mixing it with the wet ingredients.
- Eggs: Eggs bind all the ingredients together and keep the cookies soft and moist.
- Baking Powder: Baking powder is the rising agent for our recipe. It helps the whoopie pie cookies rise and become fluffy.
- Food Coloring: I’m using red, purple, and pink gel food coloring for this recipe; however, you can use any other color as well.
- Powdered Sugar: Powdered sugar is important for a soft and easily spreadable frosting.
- Milk: We need a few tablespoons to give the frosting a creamy consistency.
- Sprinkles: A little splash of color makes the cookies vibrant and tempting!
Tips and Tricks
1. You can use any flavor of cake batter and store-bought frosting if you’re running low on time.
2. Don’t forget to grease your baking sheet or line it with parchment paper or cookie sheets to avoid the cookie dough from sticking to the pan.
3. Double the recipe ingredients if you want to make a large batch of Valentine’s whoopie pie cookies.
4. Always use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough to make equal-sized cookies.
5. Add unsweetened cocoa powder to add a dash of chocolatey flavor to your whoopie pie cookies.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. How to store these Valentine’s whoopie pie cookies?
You can store the baked whoopie pie cookies in an airtight container or plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 5 days. However, if you place them in a refrigerator, they can last up to a week.
Yes. You can use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter or a stencil heart to give your whoopie pie cookies a heart shape. If you don’t have these items at hand, you can use a pastry bag or a piping bag and make a “V” with the cookie dough. The cookies will look like a heart once baked.
You can use delicious cream cheese filling for your whoopie pies. However, marshmallow fluff is also a good option. It all depends on your preference.
You can roll the edge of the bottom cookie in sprinkles to give the whoopie pies a rainbow effect. You can also add white or milk chocolate chips or M&Ms to the frosting. Drizzling powdered sugar on top of the cookies is also a good idea.
How to Make Valentine’s Whoopie Pie Cookies?
These whoopie pies are so easy to make; it takes hardly 10-12 minutes. It’s quite a simple mix-and-bake recipe that requires mixing all the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients using an electric mixer or a standing mixer at medium speed.
Make dough balls, flatten them using the bottom part of a glass, and pop them in the oven. While the cookies are baking, you can use that time to prepare the frosting. Just mix the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk to a smooth, creamy perfection that can easily spread on the cookies.
The next step is the best part: Assembling. Take one baked cookie, spread the frosting on its flat side, and place another on top. And your Valentine’s Day whoopie pie cookies are ready to devour!
You can use the creamy frosting for these whoopie pies not only with these cookies but with other cookies as well. For instance, you can use it to frost red velvet cookies, pumpkin whoopie pies, chocolate whoopie pies, etc.
Also, if you don’t like regular cream frosting, you can use cream cheese frosting or marshmallow fluff as an alternative.
Valentine’s whoopie pie cookies
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- red, purple & pink food coloring gel
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 400ºF, Prepare a baking sheet by spraying it with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat again for 2-3 minutes.
- Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat until the dough is uniform.
- Split the dough into three equal bowls. Add one color of food gel to each bowl. The amount of food coloring gel used will depend on the type you are using.
- Form 1 ½ inch balls of dough and place them on your prepared baking sheet.
- Using a flat-bottom glass lightly sprayed with cooking spray, flatten dough balls until they are about ¼ – ½ inch thick.
- Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
- To prepare frosting, in a medium mixing bowl, cream butter, and powdered sugar together. Add 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla. Beat well. If it is too thick, add more milk. If it is too thin add more powdered sugar.
- Place sprinkles in a shallow bowl. Make whoopie pies by filling two cookies with frosting. Roll each whoopie pie in sprinkles to coat the edges.