Friday, December 10, 2010

Banana Whoopie Pies

It would seem that I’ve been making a lot of cookies recently! I suppose that it’s that time of year! This year I wasn’t in the mood for the regular old boring cookies. I didn’t want to make raspberry thumbprints and chocolate mint cookies, I wanted to break out of the mold. Go cookie crazy! Throw tradition to the wind and have some fun. So I started out with the dark chocolate hearts, wonderful. Then I thought, let’s get nuts! It’s whoopie pie time!


The whoopie pie. If you haven’t heard, it’s the cupcake of 2010. They’re getting more hits on Google than “What to buy my husband for Christmas.” That’s pretty popular! If you’ve never had one, then apparently you’ve been hiding under a house all year long. Now is your time to embrace the whoopie pie.


Wikipedia describes them as “made of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake, sometimes pumpkin cake, with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them.” Cake mounds? Cream filling? Sounds right up my alley! How about you?



Banana Whoopie Pies

Feel free to tweak the spices to your hearts content. I decided to add my favorite banana bread spices to jazz these cookies up. You can also make then smaller or larger than I did, just adjust your baking time.

2 cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ cup mashed banana (from one very ripe banana)
½ cup sour cream
½ cup (8 tbsp) butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another small bowl, mix together the banana and sour cream. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix until completely combined.

Add flour in three portions, alternating with banana mixture. Once combined, transfer batter to a piping bag with a ½-inch tip. Pipe 1 ½ inch circles onto parchment-lined baking sheets. (Alternatively scoop out about 2 tbsp of batter into rounded heaps) Bake for 12 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.

Once baked, they should look golden and delicious. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.


Cream Cheese Filling

½ tsp vanilla
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

Combine the ingredients with an electric mixer and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Pipe or spoon onto half of the cookies, top with remaining cookies. Try not to eat them all in one sitting!
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19 comments:

  1. The combination of banana and spices would be delicious. A nice change from chocolate whoopies.

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  2. I love whoopie pies! I'm definitely one that has fallen into the trend. And yours most certainly look heavenly. :)

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  3. OMG banana whoopie pies sound amazing! I've never tried making banana ones before, but what I great recipe if you have overripe bananas sitting around. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I would love to try whoopie pies with banana! Great recipe!

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  5. Yum, banana whoopie pies sound so great! Cream cheese filling makes everything better!

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  6. These look and sound so wonderful!

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  7. I've just started to make whoopie pies. They are so much fun! I will have to remember this recipe: banana whoopie pies seems really great!

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  8. They look super moist, great recipe!

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  9. Yummy! I've never made whoopie pies, but banana whoopies sound delicious! Guess this is going to be my time! Love it!

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  10. Hi, I'm trying to visit a new blog every day before the end of the year, and today you're my new visit :) Came over from Pioneer Woman. Loved looking down through all your yummy creations. Blessings to you!

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  11. yummy !!! in france we don't know about whoopie pies, so thanks for the share

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  13. These sound wonderful! I love this twist on the whoopie pie...bananas with a delicious cream cheese filling yum!

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  14. These look so amazing!!
    Congrats on the top 9! :)

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  15. I remember Whoopie pies from when I was a kid. I didn't know about the new trend. I'll be making these today! We have a family holiday party to go to. I'll be the hit of the party!

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  16. These look and sound amazing! I love a good whoopie pie! Congrats on the top 9!

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  17. Mmmmm...I love your variation!!

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  18. MM sounds delicious! I've been looking for a new banana recipe to use up some over ripe bananas I have sitting around. I definitely will be making these soon!

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