Banana Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies

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So last week during one of the snow days all the Southern weenies prudent people who had the option worked from home. Jennifer and I are included in that group.  We’re prudent like that.

 

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We’re also resourceful and use our time wisely.

 

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We were discussing what I should bake.  I wanted to make a cheesecake.

 

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But Jennifer threw a tantrum like a 4 year old put her foot down and said no more cheesecake.  She thinks she doesn’t like it, but so far has liked every one I’ve given her.  Ok.  To be fair I think there have only been two.  But the point is that she liked them.

 

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So she demanded suggested that I make banana “whoopsies” with chocolate chips.  She has a real thing for my Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.  Later that day I attempted to adapt that recipe to a banana one.  I’m not sure what I did, but this happened.

 

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They were flat as a pancake and ENORMOUS!  I returned to Jennifer with this information and I believe she busted a gut.  I’m fairly certain that Chris was amused too.  I base this on the size of his eyes and the guffaw that emerged when he saw them.  I was forced to resort to more reliable methods.

 

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I consulted Martha.  BTW – do you like this picture?  I took it right before the whole thing came tumbling down. Splat.  Do you think that’s funny, Jennifer?

 

Adapted slightly from Martha Stewart

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies

Ingredients

    For the Cakes
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (I used 2 3/4 medium sized)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    For the Frosting
  • 2 blocks cream cheese (16 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, plus another couple of tablespoons for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a bowl
  4. In a separate bowl combine bananas and sour cream
  5. Add butter, sugar, and brown sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat until combined, about 3 minutes
  6. Add egg, vanilla bean paste, and almond extract until incorporated
  7. Add half the banana mixture until combined, then half the flour mixture, the rest of the bananas, then flour
  8. Transfer batter to a zip top bag, cut of about 1/4 inch of the bottom corner and pipe into 2 inch rounds on the prepared baking sheet about 1 1/2 - 2 inches apart
  9. Bake 12 - 14 minutes and cool completely on a rack by sliding the parchment paper with the cakes on it from the baking sheet to the cooling rack
  10. Beat the cream cheese, vanilla bean paste, and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy
  11. Spread the bottoms (flat side) of half the cakes with frosting and top with a plain cake bottoms/flat sides facing the frosting
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Note: I stored these in the fridge and recommend that you allow them to come to room temperature before eating to let the flavors come out.

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24 Responses to Banana Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies

  1. What an awesome and hilarious story! We all have those days when things that we bake don’t go the way we planned. I love the recipe for the filling. Sometimes whoopee pies are filled with that whipped cream type frosting and I’m not a huge fan. I can dig into cream cheese frosting any day. 🙂

  2. So jealous of your snow day! We don’t get any of those here in California. Only way I can get a random day off of work is if I’m “sick”, *wink*. These whoopie pies look delicious! I love banana and chocolate together, one of my favorite combos. And I love that Jennifer calls them Whoopsies, too cute!

    • Thanks Natalie! I’m so jealous of your California sunshine! I think those “sick” days are called mental health days. 🙂

  3. I love bananas and chocolate together and these look amazing! I had a snow day here today, but instead of being productive I sat on the couch and watched tv and ate popcorn all day. I love a good lazy day!

    • Thank you so much Keri! There is a lot to be said for spending a snow day on the couch binge watching tv. I love lazy days!

  4. Snow dayssssss… I totally should have gone into work, but I’m using the “I’m a 17-year-old” excuse today and taking the snow day 🙂 I love your whoopie pies! My stacked photos are always taken .00004 seconds before the entire tower topples!

    • I don’t blame you one bit for using the “I’m a 17-year-old” excuse! That’s awesome. Maybe next time I should just take a picture of the toppled tower — yeah, I totally meant to do this! 🙂

    • You are such a loyal taste tester. I appreciate you! 🙂 And I’m glad you thought of it! LOL

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