Cousin Johnnie’s Red Velvet Whoopie Pie

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Cousin Johnnie’s Red Velvet Whoopie Pie Cousin Johnnie’s Red Velvet Whoopie Pie


Johnnie’s a fantastic baker, and her desserts, like these bite-sized red velvet whoopee pies, have won her a large, loyal following around Atlanta.

Servings: 24 Pies
Prep Time: 20-30 Minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate

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For the pies:

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

For the filling:
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

Directions

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 by teaspoons 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.

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Reader Comments:

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Thank you for Cousin Johnnies Red Velvet recipe Love ya and miss you a lot HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

By Shirley Kafka on February 09, 2014

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Can't wait to try it

By Malaysia on March 28, 2013

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This recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of canola oil yet on the program this week, Bobby used only 1/2 cup of canola oil. Which is correct?

By Susan Moss on March 22, 2013

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I adore Paula Dean

By Patty chapman on March 19, 2013

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Caution: When Paula and Bobby make these on the TV show they used 1/2 Cup Canola Oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla in the cookie portion of the recipe. Whomever types these recipes for the website should be more careful.

By Anonymous on March 19, 2013

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great

By Joan on December 04, 2012

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This is a really good recipe because I tried your sweet potato pie recipe and it was delicious

By Anonymous on December 01, 2012

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AMAZING! Made these for my daughters birthday party and they were a hit! We made them bigger than the recipe called for, but after trying them regretted it - they are so rich eating one is tough! I also made them different colors, and added food coloring to the filling. Super cute and popular! Will definitely do this again in the future!

By Anonymous on October 21, 2012

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Paula I love your cooking to death. I watch you every day for the past I don't know how many years. paula how do I measure a guarter amount?

By barbara goree on October 04, 2012

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Can you please come up with a creamy kool ade pie i lost mine....it had cream cheese sugar vanilla cool whip and kool ade.....please help me thanks.......

By susan on July 25, 2012

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I opted to ignore all of the comments with suggestions on how to improve this recipe. Boy, was I sorry! Following this recipe as it is listed is a bad idea! The cakes were bland, but manageable. The worst part was the filling! It turned out greasy, not sweet, & all I could taste was the vegetable shortening! If I ever make these again, I'd maybe substitute the shortening for another stick of butter.

By Erin on July 16, 2012

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I made these for a party this weekend. they have a wonderful true red velvet flavor and quality. For me this recipe made 29 palm sized pies. And I am so excited to make these again and again!

By Megan Raup on July 04, 2012

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Didn't have alot of flavor.

By Mary on May 17, 2012

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I am wondering about the ingredients.... I just watched this make by Paula and son on her cooking show and the amount of oil used in the show was only 1/2 cup, cocoa was 2 T, and vanilla was 1 tsp. Is this recipe posted with the correct amounts, or are the amounts from the show more accurate? Thanks!

By Betty Lewis on May 16, 2012

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HI!MRS.PAULA,I AM A BIG FAN OF YOURS, AND I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU,I AM CURRENTLY IN PASRTY ARTS SCHOOL,AND I ENJOY COOKING,AND BAKING.I ALSO LOVE TO MEET YOURS SONS;BOBBY,AND JAMIE,I JUST LOVE TO SEE YOU AND YOURS SONS IN THE KITCHEN IT LOOKS LIKE YOUR HAVE LOTS OF FUN TOGETHER AS A FAMILY SHOULD. WELL I HOPE I GET TO MEET YOU VERY SOON!!! LOVE YOUR #1 FAN IN COOKING, NICOLE CARTER, JACKSONVILLE,FL

By Anonymous on March 17, 2012

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SO DELICIOUS! I made these for my husband for Valentine's Day and he LOVED them. I followed the recipe exactly - the only thing I did different was I used baking mats on my pans instead of greasing them. They are SO delicious and by far the best whoopie pie I have ever had. We brought them into work to share with our co-workers and they were gone in the blink of an eye! Thanks for sharing this great recipe Paula!

By Jaime D. on February 15, 2012

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OMG I am so disappointed I am not even done with the filling cause I am so upset the cookies. They horrible flat and tasteless. So sad I didn't read all the comments bellow first now My families Valentine present dessert is crap :(

By Anonymous on February 14, 2012

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ONLY USE 1/2 CUP OF CANOLA OIL!!!!

By Jessie K on February 13, 2012

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Awful, awful, awful. I was a fool and didnt read the comments below until after I tasted this awfulness. After making a batch of these horrible pies, I dont even want to spend my time making the another recipe of these. Dont waste your time with this recipe. Im sure Paula's version from the show is great, but this is not!

By Laurie on December 31, 2011

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these whoopie pies were so easy and delicious.

By barbara marolf on December 29, 2011

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