Sunday, February 13, 2011
Well, the good news is that I finally made Whoopie Pies. The bad news is that they were from a boxed mix. Whilst out shopping a few days ago my daughter spotted a mix for Red Velvet Whoopie Pies and looked at me with a hopeful face. How could I say no? Secretly I wanted to try it too, so into the basket it went.
We were amazed that the mixture came out looking like a chocolate cake mix, but as soon as I added the eggs, water, and oil it started to get a red color to it. After a quick mix with my hand-held Kitchenaid it was really red. The mix came with a piping bag and a sheet to place on the cookie tray as a guide to making heart-shaped Whoopie Pies. I think there may have been a little too much batter for the bag, but of course I didn't realize this until it was too late. I was trying to pipe and batter was oozing over the top of the bag and running down my fingers. I was desperately trying to stop it from getting all over the cookie sheet, and also trying to plug the hole in the bottom of the bag, as I moved from spot to spot. Seriously, it looked like a crime scene. In the end it didn't matter how careful I was to pipe the hearts because they ran on the tray into blobs. I gave in to the nature of the batter and piped circles instead on my Silpat, realizing that I could just use a cookie cutter to achieve the hearts at a later stage.
Once the cookies were cooled I peeled them off the Silpat and let them cool completely on a wire rack. As they cooled I made up the cream cheese filling that had come in the box. Let me just say that it had a very "distinct" smell. I likened it to an extremely strong cheese smell. I won't tell you what my husband likened it to. After adding a few ingredients as directed it still had an unusual smell to it, but it did taste like vanilla. I kept thinking "what in the heck am I eating"? However, I really wanted to take photos so I went ahead and filled the Whoopie Pies.
Honestly, I would not buy this again. I definitely need to try making Whoopie Pies again, but this time from scratch so I can get a real feel for them. At the moment I am just not sure if they are my kind of thing. I am wondering if I would like a macron better because of the crunch factor?
Happy Valentine's Day!