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Go Bananas Whoopie Pies Recipe

Go Bananas Whoopie Pies Recipe

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 YIELD:24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 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
  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. For filling, beat cream cheese, peanut butter and butter until fluffy. Beat in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread filling on the bottoms of half of the cookies, about 1 tablespoon on each; cover with remaining cookies. Dust with additional confectioners' sugar. Refrigerate. Yield: about 2 dozen.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 7130693 264273
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1076910 182219
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5347391 193966
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3064751 177088
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1736025 177010
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011


YFAM User ID: 5932155 192997
Reviewed 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 User ID: 257578 115664
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

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

ahallimore User ID: 4468758 124038
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5832538 149143
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"we love this! Yummy bananas and peanutbutter"

Cakelady71 User ID: 2821203 177131
Reviewed 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!"

Kochforfun User ID: 1287353 115663
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"They make great cookies, especially when eaten still warm. I didn't enjoy the filling. I thought it make too big of a serving for one person. I'll make them again as cookies!"

chi-rn User ID: 862869 191637
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"This were OK-- & probably more than that IF you called them Go Peanut Butter instead of Go Bananas. The subtle banana flavor was definitely overpowered by the peanut butter. If you're a huge fan of traditional whoopie pies, these will not satisfy."

tj4mga User ID: 1260149 177130
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"I made these for a Super Bowl food day at my work and they were gone in an hour. Had several requests for the recipe--they were very soft and yummy. I had quite a bit of extra filling, which I think I might use to stuff some chocolate cupcakes! I will definitely make again. They are better at room temp. even though you need to refrigerate because of the cream cheese and butter."

baaby82 User ID: 3649825 212202
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"The whoopie pie is soft and chewy, but has little flavor and the filling is not peanut buttery enough. I may make it again, but after severe tweeks to the recipe!"

cinskel User ID: 5675152 122729
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"Very yummy! I made them a little too big and didnt get 24, but they were easy and very good!"

hannahhassler User ID: 2159881 122728
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"Yes, I made these today and they were awesome! Though I didn't know they had that many calories! Great Cookies!"

crv2713 User ID: 1547314 122726
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"These were terrific. I only used 1/2 of the filling."

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