Browned Butter Banana Whoopie Pies

by Heather on October 26, 2011

An alternate title for those of you who are whoopie pie connoisseurs would be “Browned Butter Banana Cookie Sandwiches.”

Let me explain myself.  ‘Twas but a year ago that I tried the phenomenon called whoopie pies for the very first time at a Corner Bakery in Dallas, Texas.  I’d heard of them before but never truly understood what I was getting myself into when I first tried, and inevitably loved, this crazy little concoction.  I kept meaning to try to make them for the longest time but kept getting sidetracked by bacon, pizza, and being pregnant and unable to cook…so they fell by the wayside.  This last weekend we found ourselves at that very same Corner Bakery and I knew that fate was telling me it was time.

 

Time to try whoopie pies at home.  Time to stand up and create in my own kitchen.  And so I did.

 

Now I say that those of you who are whoopie pie connoisseurs may disagree, and that’s mainly because a lot of people will argue that the cookie-cake thing needs to be more cakey than cookie.  It’s true – wars have ensued over this debate.  I’ve seen it on Foodnetwork, and we all know that’s real life.

 

Now here’s the thing:  these will be more cakey if you let them cool at room temperature.  They will be more cookie if you refrigerate after baking (it makes the frosting part easier to spread).   And speaking of frosting, I don’t know if that’s really what the “whoopie” in whoopie pies is, but that’s what we’re saying for this recipe.  So if you disagree know better, please make whatever filling you like inside.  Me?  I just can’t be bothered by learning to make something else right now.  Not when there are whoopie pies to be tasted!

BROWNED BUTTER BANANA WHOOPIE PIES

These whoopie pies are the perfect dessert for the holidays or any time when you have extra bananas on hand!

  • 1 stick (8 Tbsp) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed very well
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 batch cream cheese frosting

Preheat oven to 350.  In a small skillet over medium low heat brown the butter by adding it to the pan and let it bubble, stirring constantly.  As you start to see some brown in the color take note; it won’t take long to finish from there.  Pour immediately into a cold bowl to stop cooking.  Cream together the butter and sugars, then add the egg, vanilla, and banana and mix until smooth.  Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and fold into the wet ingredients until just combined.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.  Add the batter to a large plastic bag and cut off the tip (you can use a piping set if you have one and just use a large round tip).  Pipe the cake/cookies onto the sheet about 1 inch apart and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  You may have to do two batches (or two pans if you have a good oven).  Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until the bottoms are just slightly browned.  Remove immediately from oven and let cool completely before frosting.  To frost just spread a large dollop on the bottom of one cookie and then press the second cookie on top.  Devour.

This last picture was taken in a panic as I realized that I’d started eating the pie and it was snowing.  Panicked because I didn’t have enough pictures of the pies.  And panicked because it’s snowing.  Welcome to winter!

 

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren at Keep It Sweet October 26, 2011

I can’t believe it was snowing where you are, that completely freaks me out! These look amazing, I’d eat them all!

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2 Heather October 26, 2011

I’ve been making them for about 10 years now, my kids request them for birthday parties and family get togethers. I haven’t tried banana yet, though I will now. Thanks for sharing.

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3 Blog is the New Black October 26, 2011

Great recipe, Heather!!!! :)

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4 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 26, 2011

You live in Denver, right?? We lived there for about 3 years…I miss it SO much! The snow and the no bug thing. It doesn’t snow that much in NC.

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5 Krystina (Organically Me) October 26, 2011

I love whoopie pies! And browned butter anything. So this is a winner in my eyes.

The mere thought of snow makes me cringe. Gotta love Florida. ;)

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6 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 26, 2011

I’ve never made whoopie pies, in fact I had my first just last week in California. It was delicious but pretty much just a cookie sandwich, like you said :) I’d love to play around with some different flavors and fillings.

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7 Lindsay @ biking before bed October 26, 2011

If you get tired of the snow in Denver, please feel free to mail some to me in Houston! Whatever you want to call these treats… if they have bananas and brown butter, I am sure they are amazing.

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8 Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 26, 2011

Yay for whoopie pies!!! I didn’t really see them until we moved to Pennsylvania– they’re EVERYWHERE up there!!!

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9 Lisa @ Life in Green October 26, 2011

Those look amazing and sound like one of the best whoopie pie combos I’ve seen. Browned butter is the schtuff!!

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10 Jessica @ How Sweet October 26, 2011

yum yum yum!

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11 Lindsay @ Schnoodle Soup October 26, 2011

Banana whoppies?!?! Holy sh*t…you’re a genius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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12 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 26, 2011

congrats on your nomination!

and these look…fabulous! yummmmmy :)

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13 Mikaela Cowles October 26, 2011

Oh my. I want one now. (I don’t think there’s much more to say.)

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14 Urban Wife October 26, 2011

SNOW?!?! Oh, yipee! Hubs and I are vacationing in Denver come December and this Florida gal can’t wait to see some real snow. And banana whoopie pies?! Sheer genius. Totes.

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15 Cat Davis - Food Family Finds October 26, 2011

If I had some bananas I’d be making these right this very second, they look so good.

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