Thursday, March 10, 2011

Make Your Own Whoopie

Seeing as I had some overripe bananas and an eager banana masher, I decided to try a new recipe for banana whoopie pies. 
Eager banana masher.


There were mixed reviews at the house about the peanut butter filling.  I didn't like it.  As a back-up, I made a cream cheese filling.  Since there was no consensus at the house, I took them to work and let my fellow teachers make their own whoopie pie, assessing which filling was better.  The results were no different.  There were votes for both types of filling.  Some very creative people even mixed the fillings with even better results.  No matter what filling you choose, the banana cookies alone were awesome.


The Whoopie Pie Assembling and Assessment Center
Go Bananas Whoopie Pies
Taste of Home, March 2011

1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. mashed ripe bananas
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Cream butter and sugars in large bowl until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  In a small bowl, combine banana and buttermilk.  Combing the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternating with banana mixture.Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes or until set.  Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. 

Peanut Butter Filling (option 1)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 c. creamy peanut butter
3 Tbs. butter, softened
1 c. confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, and butter until fluffy.  Beat in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Sandwich filling between two cookies.  Store in refrigerator.

Cream Cheese Filling (option 2)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy.  Beat in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Sandwich filling between two cookies.  Store in refrigerator.

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