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Go Bananas Whoopie Pies

I love anything with peanut butter, so when I saw this recipe for soft banana cookies with a yummy peanut butter filling, I had to make them. Using a cookie scoop keeps them nicely rounded and all the same size. —Jessie Sarrazin, Livingston, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine banana and buttermilk. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with banana mixture.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For filling, beat cream cheese, peanut butter and butter until fluffy. Beat in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread about 1 tablespoon filling on the bottoms of half the cookies; cover with remaining cookies. Dust with additional confectioners' sugar. Refrigerate.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich cookie: 244 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • misstish78
    Apr 3, 2017

    My family loved the actual banana cookies but didn't care for the peanut butter filling with it though. My husband said he didn't care for the 2 flavors together in this recipe.

  • dschultz01
    Nov 15, 2014

    Very good cookies! Peanut butter flavor was a little strong, but I don't have a problem with that. Will try again with a different flavor filling next time.

  • bakerprince
    Jul 22, 2013

    The cookies have a soft texture and good taste, but the peanut butter filling really overpowers the delicate banana flavor. I would make them again but would reduce the amount of peant butter and powdered sugar. Otherwise, a very rich cookie with great texture!

  • bdieges
    Jan 24, 2013

    I had never made cookies with banana and wanted to try these. I made them to serve as individual cookies. However, I wondered about using something else, other than the cream filling. I had some Nutella--hazelnut spread--on hand and tried that. Perfect! The chocolate flavor added to the flavor of the cookie, although the cookie by itself is very tasty, and the banana flavor comes through.

  • Noemi
    Jun 8, 2011

    LOVED IT! CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE THE OTHERS.

  • YFAM
    Apr 13, 2011

    I have made these twice now because they got such rave reviews when I took them to work the first time. I have also made the Lemony Gingerbread and the Red Velvet version (all in the February mag), and these were the favorite of all three.

  • misscleocat
    Mar 13, 2011

    This recipe is very easy to make. the pies were a big hit at my husband's coffee club.

  • ahallimore
    Feb 28, 2011

    The "cookies" were soft and slightly sticky. The filling was good and easy to work with. It is stiff so will not "squirt" out the cookie. My friends preferred this filling and the cookie of the Chocolae Dream Whoopie Pies. This is a big cookie and you can probably eat just one so best made for a crowd.

  • MPR.hayward
    Feb 27, 2011

    we love this! Yummy bananas and peanutbutter

  • Cakelady71
    Feb 8, 2011

    I made these for our annual Superbowl party and they were gone in no time! I also made a second batch and this time added some choclate ganach on one of the ssides.. they were better then the first batch!