I made RED, WHITE, AND BLUE WHOOPIE PIES for The Bread of Life Independence Day meal.
Although it is difficult for me, a self-proclaimed "scratch cook", to admit that I have used cake mixes, when I saw the Duncan Hines "Summer Velvets" cake mix, I knew I could adapt it to make red, white, and blue Whoopie Pies.
They are called "sandwich cookies" by Duncan Hines, but I have re-branded mine as "Whoopie Pies".
Since 2012, "Whoopie Pies" have become a "signature dish" of mine (see my 2012 BLOG article RED VELVET COOKIES below).
It was the first time I had to admit using a cake mix.
OK, I'll admit that I am a cooking SNOB. Yesterday my sister-in-law reminded me that I had once said, quite haughtily, "I've never used a cake mix."
Two weeks ago, at a lovely luncheon after a funeral, on the dessert table was a plate of sumptuous-looking cookies. After sampling one, I returned for a second cookie. Not only were they delicious, but the cookies also demonstrated PIE (acronym in my family for "PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING").
When I inquired who had made them, I was directed to Stacy Mabra and she told me they were very easy to make. I asked for the recipe and we exchanged e-mail addresses and she sent the recipe the same evening.
Imagine my quandary when the first item on the recipe was DUNCAN HINES CAKE MIX.
I made the cookies this week and took them to a gathering, and three people asked for the recipe. I said, somewhat sheepishly, that the recipe was on the box of Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix. My sister-in-law hooted, and did not hesitate to mention my having previously stated that I'd never used a cake mix.
RED VELVET COOKIES
1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup softened butter
Mix together and roll into balls (about the size of your thumb and forefinger making a circle). Place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Let cool completely.
Spread filling on cookie and top with another cookie.
1/4 cup softened butter
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together and spread on cooled cookies.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.