Apple Cider Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Red Hot Frosting

I want you to meet my new favorite Fall baked good…
Apple Cider Whoopie Pies - apple cookies filled with cinnamon red hot frosting
is it bad to want these whoopie pies to be my best friends for life?
I’m guessing after my confessions yesterday regarding my shrunken jeans,
that I should probably stay as far away from the delicious baked goods.
Why is it so hard though?  I just.can’t.stop.baking!!!!
Seriously, you should see the pile of scrap papers on my desk with ideas,
and the lists in my notebook and on my phone.  It’s pretty ridiculous!
I better start scheduling 8 mile runs every day, if I’m going to make everything on my lists.
Soooo, we are still in the middle of Applicious Week…
have you enjoyed everyone’s recipes so far?
When Aimee and I first came up with the idea of an apple week,
I started brainstorming apple ideas and making lists.
Of course things like muffins, cakes, crisps, cookies, and pies were all on the list.
But I also wanted to do some things that were different, out of the ordinary.
Now I realize that a whoopie pie is nothing new
and doesn’t make me an extraordinary food blogger…yet:-)
Are you wondering what sets this bad boy apart from all the rest?
It’s the frosting.
Cinnamon Red Hot Butter Cream!!!
Apple Cider Whoopie Pies - apple cookies filled with cinnamon red hot frosting
Now to be honest and fair, this wasn’t my idea.
Oh, I had apple cider whoopie pies with cinnamon frosting on my list…
but the idea to use the red hots came from my awesome hubby!!!!
Usually when I start talking blog stuff and recipe ideas,
he gets this kind of far away and glazed look in his eyes.
I’m pretty sure he doesn’t care about desserts, pinterest, ads, traffic, stats, apple parties…
So, imagine my surprise when I was just talking out loud about these apple cider whoopie pies.
He jumped right in and said, “You should use red hots in your frosting.”
I paused and let it sink in…I did have a box of red hots in the baking cupboard.
The more I thought about this concept, the more excited I became.
Apple Cider Whoopie Pies - apple cookies filled with cinnamon red hot frosting
The whoopie pies are super easy to do.  Box mixes do that for you.
I just love the versatility of what you can make with those mixes.
I substituted apple cider for the water and added some shredded apples
and spices to give it a good apple flavor.
They were so soft and applicious!!!  Perfectly ok to just eat like a cookie.
But I like to put frosting on just about everything…it’s why yoga pants are probably in my near future:-)
Plus, when a recipe makes 46 cookies,
that’s a lot of cookies sitting on your counter calling your name.
Fill them with frosting and you’re are down to 23 cookies…an easier amount to eat, or get rid of.

Apple Cider Whoopie Pies - apple cookies filled with cinnamon red hot frosting
Now I will tell you, I had to make this frosting twice to get it right.

You boil the red hots with a little bit of water to make a nice cinnamon sauce.
Well, I thought that it needed to cool a little bit,
so it didn’t melt my butter and affect the frosting consistency.

Bad idea!!!

Red hots don’t stay liquid for very long when you only use a little bit of water.
I let it cool a few minutes and then poured it into my butter.
It turned clumpy right away.
I tried to make it work by beating it really hard.
Nope didn’t work, so into the trash it went.
It’s a good thing I stay stocked in butter…it was easy to start again.

This time as soon as the red hots were liquid, I poured it in and let my kitchen aid do the rest.

The cinnamon flavor is subtle without being overpowering.
It is enough of a red hot taste that you know it’s there and you know what it is.
Totally compliments the apple flavor in the whoopie pies.

I really want to make some more, but if I make them, I will eat them.
So I guess I will just drool over the pictures and remember how awesome they were.

Make sure you visit all the bloggers participating in Applicious Week…

Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama
Ali from Jam Hands
Aimee from Shugary Sweets
4 Sisters from Crumbs and Chaos
Averie from Averie Cooks
Cassie from Bake your Day
6 Sisters from Six Sisters Stuff
Apple Cider Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Red Hot Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 46 cookies/23 whoopie pies

Apple Cider Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Red Hot Frosting

Apple cider cookies filled with a cinnamon red hot butter cream.


For the Whoopie Pies
1 box white cake mix
1/3 c. apple cider
2 eggs
3 Tbsp. oil
1 c. shredded apples
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
For the Red Hot Frosting
1/4 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. shortening
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp. red hot candies
1 Tbsp. water
4 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. heavy cream


    For the Whoopie Pies
  1. Squeeze all the excess juice from the shredded apples and set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, apple cider, eggs, oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat for 1 minute on low and then 1 minute on medium. Stir the shredded apples in by hand.
  2. Scoop out by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350* for 10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on the pan and then remove to a wire rack. Makes 46 cookies.
  3. Fill with Cinnamon Red Hot Frosting. Store in a loosely sealed container.
  4. For the Red Hot Frosting
  5. Beat the butter, shortening, and salt until creamy. Beat in 1 c. of powdered sugar and set aside. In a small saucepan on low-medium heat, combine the red hots and water. Stir until melted. Pour the hot red hots in the butter mixture and beat immediately. Slowly add the rest of the powdered sugar and heavy cream until completely mixed in.


Note: Do not wait to mix in the liquid red hots. It will harden very quickly.
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  1. says

    Cinnamon red hot buttercream…very dangerous. I have shrunken jeans too. Reading your blog does not help my shrunken jeans (and I mean that in the nicest way possible)…they shrink more just with the eye candy!


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