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Banana Whoopie Pies Recipe

Banana Whoopie Pies Recipe - Photo by Iain Bagwell

Sweet treats from Brooklyn's One Girl Cookies bakery. "We tend to take a somewhat purist stance when it comes to whoopies, usually filling them with vanilla cream — it's a tasty complement to whatever it is paired with. However, this caramel-banana combo was introduced to us recently (actually by a bride and groom who requested it as their wedding cake), and we decided to step out of our comfort zone and give it a whoopie whirl. The result is a lot of fun and a yummy change of pace."

Ingredients: 

Whoopies
1 lb. ripe bananas
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp table salt
1 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dulce de Leche Filling (see below)

Dulce de Leche Filling
4 oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature
5 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup dulce de leche (available in the specialty section of the supermarket)
3 cups confectioners' sugar, plus more if needed

Instructions: 

Whoopies

Step 1: Combine the bananas and lemon juice in a food processor, and process until puréed.

Step 2: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Step 3: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the oil, eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the banana purée and mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down the bowl again. With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture for a total mixing time of 30 seconds. Carefully scrape down the bowl. Refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 5: Using a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip (the hole should be about as large as the tip of your ring finger), pipe 2" diameter circles onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1-1/2" between them. Be careful to keep your pastry bag completely vertical to achieve nice circles. (If you have to wait between batches of whoopie pies, keep the batter refrigerated.)

Step 6: Immediately put the baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes without rotating the baking sheet. The whoopie pies are done when they are slightly golden in colour and spring back when touched. Let the whoopie pies cool completely.

Step 7: To fill the whoopies, turn half of them over so that they are bottomside up. Using a pastry bag, pipe a small dollop of the dulce de leche filling onto each whoopie bottom. Top with the remaining whoopies.

Dulce de Leche Filling

Step 1: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the vanilla, salt, and dulce de leche, and mix for 30 seconds on low speed.

Step 2: With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the confectioners' sugar, and then beat for 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl. If the filling is too soft to hold its shape, add more confectioners' sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. Store in the refrigerator, in an airtight container with plastic wrap pressed onto the surface of the filling, for up to 5 days.

Makes 24 whoopies

See more recipes from Dawn Casale and David Crofton.

Reprinted with permission from Dawn Casale and David Crofton's One Girl Cookies (2012 Clarkson Potter).

Photographer: 

Iain Bagwell

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