My son decided to implement ‘Family Night’ Wednesdays, where we take turns choosing an activity and meal for the whole family to enjoy together. Of course I love this idea, although I wonder what it says about our busy life that the 11-year-old feels the need to schedule time together as a family..? Setting aside THAT little twinge of guilt, we got busy making our plans. The first week of family night we spent way to much money going out to the movies, staying up too late on a school night, and eating an unhealthy and over-priced ‘movie theater dinner’. We actually vowed never to go to the movies again, although I’m sure we’ll venture back some day.
Sometimes less is more and this week I think we got it just right, making our own pizza together and baking Red Velvet Whoopie Pies! There are so many positive outcomes associated with having meals together as a family on a regular basis, including healthier eating, better grades, and less substance use during teenage years. But beyond that, spending quality time together as a family is so much fun and helps you feel connected with each other! We’re looking forward to many more Family Nights in and can’t wait to find out what else is in store for us!
Below is the recipe we used for the whoopie pies. They were so easy and delicious! I recommend using small scoops of dough otherwise they get a little big when you put them together. My son is into yoyomax12 on YouTube where he finds all kinds of cool and yummy baking ideas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7ttRzmAbAY
Bisquick Red Velvet Whoopie Pies:
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized bowl mix together:
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 1/2 Cups Bisquck
- 1 Egg
- 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 2 teaspoons Red Food Coloring
Blend until smooth. Drop spoon-sized balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet, leaving plenty of room in between for cookies to spread out. Bake 8-10 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool completely. Put a little cream cheese filling between two cookies with the cookie bottoms facing together. We buy cream cheese frosting already made but here’s a recipe if you prefer to make it yourself:
Cream Cheese Filling:
Beat until smooth:
- 4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/4 Cup Butter
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 and 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
Continue beating until smooth.