Cookies Good Enough for Santa!

Dear Santa,

I have been a very good girl this year. I have made many blog entries and have created some great recipes this year. I’ve also won a few contests as well.

So, if you don’t mind Santa, I really wouldn’t mind a nice shiny stand mixer, preferably a KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Stand Mixer in Empire Red. And Santa, since you are so busy and the elves are too. I was thinking that all I need to do is be the first-prize winner in the Epicurious’ Santa’s Plate Cookie Contest . This way, you don’t have to lug that heavy thing all the way to North Carolina. Epicurious and friends can just ship that bad boy to my house where I can create some stupendous creations for you next Christmas!! 

The whoopie pies I created this weekend and entered in the contest are terrific and I think I could win that mixer!! So, Mr. Claus, I will have these out for you Christmas Eve and hope you like them. 

You will be totally plump and happy with these cookies! I think the reindeer will even like the crumbles that are left behind, if there are any. 

I created Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Peppermint-Buttercream Filling. redvcookies1Santa, I will be sure to include the recipe below for others to try. Mainly, because I’m such a good girl to share these wonderful cookies with everyone! 

Take care Santa and Please, Please, Santa, make sure you take it easy AFTER Christmas. I do worry about you each and every year. Say Hello to the Elves for me!! 


Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Peppermint-Buttercream FillingRVwhoopie1

Yields: 25 to 30 sandwich cookies

prep time: 40 minutes

cook time: 10 minutes

total time: 50 minutes



2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1/4 cup plain or vanilla soy milk

2 Tablespoons red food coloring

1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

5 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons, or more peppermint or peppermint mocha flavored coffee creamer

1 cup crushed peppermint candies or candy canes (optional)


Preheat oven to 375ºF.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a separate medium bowl and with an electric hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time. Beat in milk, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla. Once combined, add wet ingredients to dry. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Using parchment paper-lined cookie sheets and working in batches, drop batter using an ice cream scoop forming 2-inch round circles.

Bake for 10 minutes, until baked through. Cool slightly then remove to a wire rack. Cool completely.

Create filling. In a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy using an electric hand mixer. Beat in confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and enough creamer to achieve desired consistency.

Assemble pies: When cookies have cooled completely, Spread the filling between 2 cooled cookies and roll the edges in crushed peppermint, if desired. Serve.

Tip: Prepared sandwich cookies can be refrigerated for storage. Cookies, separate from filling can be stored in a plastic resealable bag at room temperature. Filling stored covered in refrigerator

About Angela Milani

My love of cooking has taken over. I was on the net one day and saw an ad for a recipe contest. I entered. Then, I entered another. Then another, and so on and when I won a contest... an entire year's worth of tomato products, I was hooked. Since then, I've entered many many different recipe contests. I have won a trip to New York, entries into cook-offs, a recipe published in a Kraft/Paula Deen cookbook and many food products and food related items. I enjoy cooking and entering recipe contests. I hope I spark an interest in others to create something they can be proud of. I'm always getting more ideas from the internet. Wow, I remember not having the internet years ago. It's a God send and I'm trying to cover every inch of the food sites!! Join me in my quest to keep fresh ideas flowing and creating new and exciting dishes.
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