I jumped on the bandwagon. I couldn't help it. I was going to make something else (I'll make it later this week) for Valentine's day, but I couldn't. The pull was too strong. Mine aren't bright red like they maybe should be, because I don't love food coloring, and didn't feel comfortable using up a whole bottle to make some cookies. These are gooooooood.
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
This is the recipe that's been floating around the internet, made gluten-free.
2 c flour mix
1/2 t xanthan gum
2 T cocoa powder
1 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 stick butter, softened
1 c packed brown sugar
1 t vanilla
1/2 c buttermilk (I soured a cup of milk with a teaspoon of lemon juice)
1/2 - 1 bottle of red food coloring
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together the flour mix, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour mix alternately with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour mix. Stir in the food coloring. Drop by teaspoonfuls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake 5-8 minutes. Cool on racks.
From Gourmet Jan 2003
1/2 stick butter, softened
2/3 c powdered sugar
1 1/4 c marshmallow cream, like Fluff
1 t vanilla
Beat everything together, about 3 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Spread on one side of cooled cookies, then smoosh another one on top.