Recipe : Go Bananas Whoopie Pies

Jen
These were my favorite whoopie pies that we tried.  If you enjoy bananas and peanut butter, I think, you will enjoy these too!  I would add a whole banana instead of a half.  Looks delicious!

Go Bananas Whoopie Pies

CAKES
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

FILLING
1 pkg (8oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Additional confectioners’ sugar

1.  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  In a small bowl, combine banana and buttermilk.  Combine the flour, salt baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with banana mixture.

2.  Drop by the tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking  sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until set.  Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

3.  For filling, in a large bowl, 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 cookies, about 1 Tbsp. on each; top with remaining cookies.  Dust with additional confectioners’ sugar.  Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe from Taste of Home February/March 2011
Prep: 40 minutes   Bake: 15 min/batch   Yield: 2 dozen

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