Happy Independence Day! Today is the day we celebrate our nations independence. I’m sure many of you will be out with family and friends celebrating. We are planning to go to my sister-in-laws house for swimming and of course food and fireworks. Earlier in the week I brainstormed on what I could bring that would showcase our nations colors. I started thinking about whoopie pies. I live in Pennsylvania and whoopie pies are a staple here. I decided that I could make a vanilla whoopie pie and dye the batter to make the blue and the red and have the frosting as the white. I was so happy that they turned out exactly like I had imagined.
Here are a few tips to create perfect looking whoopie pies
Start out drawing 2 1/4 inch circles on the parchment paper. I used a glass to trace the circles. Turn the paper over when you put it on your baking sheet. That way you don’t have traces of pencil getting on your batter.
Next you will pipe out the batter within the circles. I used a Wilton 2A tip.
They are now ready to go into the oven and get baked.
Red White and Blue Whoopie Pies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- Red and Blue gel food coloring. (I use Ameri-color and Wilton gel)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a pencil, outline 2 1/4 – 2 1/2 inch circles spacing them a few inches apart.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.
- In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or hand mixer), cream together the butter and sugar, till light and fluffy. Once combined; add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix till just combined.
- Add the flour to the wet ingredients alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Be gentle and do not overmix. Divide the batter into two bowls. In one bowl add the blue coloring, till desired color is reached, and mix till combined. Repeat with the red coloring in the other bowl.
- Place batter into a large piping bag (I used 16 inches) fitted with a large round tip. (I used Wilton 2A). Pipe the batter within the circles on the parchment paper.
- Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the center is just firm. Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.
- Once the pies are cooled and ready; match up the pies and spread or pipe the icing on one side then sandwich with the matching piece.
- 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 TBS vanilla
- 4 cups Confectioners sugar
- In a bowl fitted with paddle attachment (or hand mixer), cream together the butter, milk, flour and vanilla. Add the confectioner sugar and beat together till light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.