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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