Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Peppermint Cream Cheese Filling

Red velvet whoopie pies with peppermint filling
red velvet whoopie pies with peppermint cream cheese filling
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Hello, friends! Are you hungry? If not, then you will be after seeing today's post, especially if you have a sweet tooth! I'm sharing a heavenly recipe for red velvet whoopie pies with a subtle peppermint cream cheese filling.

I'm joining with lots of my talented friends who are also sharing their favorite cookie recipes all week. Maryann at Domestically Speaking has organized a week-long parade of cookies that will leave your mouth watering. All of the links for the recipes are at the bottom of the post, so please be sure to visit all week and get some great recipes for the upcoming holiday season.

red velvet whoopie pies on a white place and red stripe napkin

Red velvet cake has been a staple for special occasions in our family for years. It's originally a southern thing, but it's wonderful wherever you live. If you're not familiar with it, red velvet is basically chocolate with red food coloring added. Not that there's anything wrong with plain chocolate, but the red looks so beautiful at Christmas and Valentine's day. Plus it still tastes the same.

red velvet whoopie pies on white platter and grain stripe towel

I've made red velvet cake and red velvet brownies, but this was a new recipe for me and it's definitely a keeper. And I've seen recipes for whoopie pies before but was always a little intimidated. Rest assured that this recipe is super simple to make even though it looks like you spent all day making it.

red velvet whoopie pies on white oval dish

The red velvet cake and brownies that I've made in the past have a basic cream cheese frosting, which goes great with the chocolate flavor. But this recipe is a little different since the filling has a subtle hint of peppermint flavor. We love chocolate mint so we'll be making this one again and again, I'm sure. FYI, if peppermint isn't your favorite, you can substitute with vanilla extract.

The recipe is originally from a 2010 Better Homes & Garden holiday recipe magazine that I've kept throughout the years. Let me know what you think of it!!

Yield: 40

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Peppermint Filling

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Peppermint Filling

This recipe for red velvet whoopie pies has a subtle peppermint flavor in the cream cheese filling. If you love chocolate and mint, you'll love this version. Makes a beautiful and tasty food gift.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 40 M


Whoopie Pies
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1-oz bottle of red food coloring
Peppermint-Cream cheese filling
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


How to cook Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Peppermint Filling

For the whoopie pies
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. This keeps the cookies from sticking or getting too hard.
  3. Add butter to a mixing bowl and beat on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
  4. Add brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl as needed. 
  5. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  6. Using low speed on your mixer, alternately add the flour and buttermilk, beating just until combined. 
  7. Stir in red food coloring. 
  8. Spoon dough with a rounded teaspoon onto your cookie sheet, placing them 2" apart. 
  9. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are set. Cool on your cookie sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  10. Spread filling on the flat/bottom side of one cookie then place another one on top of it to create a sandwich. 
For the filling
  1. Combine cream cheese, butter, and peppermint extract in mixing bowl. Beat until light and fluffy. 
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar. If necessary, add milk, 1 tsp at a time, to make the right spreading consistency.


I used a cake decorator for the filling because I found it easier. You could also use an icing spreader or knife.
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Now that you have cookies on your mind, here are my friends' holiday cookie recipes. They all look so yummy! Be sure to drop by and get the recipes for all of them. Keep scrolling for everyone's links.

red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese peppermint filling


  1. I could make a complete pig of myself if a platter of your red velvet whoopie pies were in front of me. They sound so good and the red velvet cake and peppermint flavored frosting makes them perfect to enjoy for Christmas. Growing up we frequently went to a Mennonite bakery at a farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Mama bought us a whoopie pie every time we went. Seeing your beautiful whoopie pies brought back a great memory.

    1. Well, I did make a complete pig of myself! They're so good! Glad they brought back some happy memories for you.

  2. Oh my, these look so good, I love red velvet! I made whoopie pies for the first time this year and they are so fun, I'm hooked!

    1. I love red velvet too, and this was my first time making whoopie pies. I'll definitely by trying your ginger bread whoopie pie recipe! We love ginger bread.

  3. Oh man... Red Velvet is my fave! My niece and I consider ourselves RV connoisseurs, so this is going to go on our list of 'to try'! ;-) So fun hopping with you this week, Angie! Pinned!

    1. It's my favorite too! I hope they meet your expectations!!

  4. I love red velvet & I love whoopie pies! The peppermint filling sounds amazing.... I can't wait to try them!

    1. The peppermint filling is so subtle but adds just the right amount. Thanks for organizing the tour!!

  5. Red velvet whoopie pies sounds so delish! Especially this time of year. Thank you for the great recipe. My family will love this, Angie.

    1. They're sinfully delicious! As in, I couldn't stop eating them, lol. I hope you enjoy them!

  6. Cookies are my kryptonite and these look amazing. I love the idea of them being red velvet with a peppermint filling and I will have to add these to my list of holiday cookies to make.

    1. Cookies are my weakness too, at least on of them, lol. These are easy to make and taste so yummy!

  7. Red velvet is my favorite and brings back memories of Christmases spent at my parents house,mom always made a red velvet cake. I will certainly enjoy making these,thanks Angie.

    1. My mom has made many a red velvet cake too. We love them at Christmas and valentine's day too! I hope you enjoy them!

  8. These look so delicious! I've never tried red velvet before and am looking forward to giving it a go:)

    1. They really are yummy. If you like chocolate then you'll love them!

  9. OH wow!! These sound amazing!!

  10. Angie.... Peppermint filling?! Sign me up! These are so pretty and I've always been a little intimidated by whoopie pies, but you make me feel like I could actually make them. Thank you for sharing!

    xo Trish

  11. These look amazing! I have never made whoopie pies, but I am inspired to give them a try. I love red velvet cake, and I think adding the cream cheese peppermint filling will be absolutely delicious! Pinned!


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