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Mini Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling

Miki Duisterhof

Yield: Yields 28 filled whoopie pies

Maine’s official state treat meets a classic of the deep South in this recipe for a mini, portable version of red velvet cake.

This recipe is excerpted from Mini Treats & Hand-Held Sweets. Read our review.

Video: Watch Abby demonstrate how to make her Mini Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.


For the whoopies

  • 1-1/2 cups (6-3/4 oz.) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (1-1/2 oz.) unsweetened natural cocoa powder, sifted if lumpy
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 6 Tbs. (3 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (7 oz.) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. red food coloring paste (or 1 Tbs. liquid food coloring)
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream, at room temperature

For the filling

  • 16 Tbs. (8 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla paste or seeds scraped from 1 large vanilla bean
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt

For the garnish

  • Colored sprinkles (optional)


Make the whoopies

  • Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line three cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick liners.
  • Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl until well blended and no lumps remain. Put the butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until well blended and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just blended between additions. Add the vanilla and food coloring with the last egg. Stop to scrape down the bowl and the beater as needed. Add half of the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended. Add the sour cream and mix just until blended. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended.
  • Using a 1 Tbs. mini scoop, shape the dough into balls and arrange about 1-1/2-inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake, one sheet at a time, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one whoopie comes out clean, 10 to 12 minutes. Move the sheet to a wire rack, let the whoopies sit for 10 minutes, and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the filling

  • Put the butter and Fluff in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on medium speed until well blended and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and salt. Continue beating until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

    mini treats and hand-held sweets cookbook

Assemble the whoopie pies

  • Turn over half of the cooled whoopies so they are flat side up. Spoon a slightly rounded 1 tablespoon of the filling onto the center of each whoopie. Top with the remaining whoopies, flat side down. Press gently on each top to spread the filling almost to the edge. Roll the edges in the sprinkles, if using, to coat the frosting. Serve immediately or chill for 30 minutes. Whoopie pies are best when served at room temperature.

Make Ahead Tips

The whoopie cakes can be baked, covered, and stowed at room temperature for up to 1 day before filling.

Filled whoopies can be stowed in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Serve at room temperature.


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Reviews (1 review)

  • kimerblydesigns | 10/09/2012

    Great recipe, my only complaint was that i used homemade fluff, and I felt there wasn't enough marshmallow flavor, so either double the fluff or cut back on the butter. Definitely make again after i tinker with the filling.

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