Chocolate-Banana Whoopie Pies
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/3 cup marshmallow creme
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. From bananas, mash enough for 1/2 cup; finely chop remaining, and reserve. In another medium bowl, mix mashed banana, sour cream, and vanilla.
In large bowl, with mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until well combined. Beat in egg until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat just until batter is smooth, scraping bowl occasionally.
Drop 1 rounded teaspoon of batter onto prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining batter, spacing 2 inches apart. With wet fingertips, flatten tops of balls to form rounds.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until centers spring back when lightly pressed, rotating sheets between upper and lower racks halfway through baking. Cool completely on sheets on wire racks.
Turn half of cookies flat side up. Top each with 1 tablespoon marshmallow creme. Divide reserved chopped banana among centers of creme topping, then add remaining cookies sandwich-style.
Sadly, my son fell victim to the same stomach bug today that afflicted my daughter over the weekend. We spent the day on the couch, reading Lego magazines and playing Star Wars monopoly. Various chores fell by the wayside, but I sure am thankful for the time we had to be together, with no obligations or time commitments or things to do. Fortunately, even though he felt bad, at least his sense of humor was still intact. Do you know how funny 8-year-old boys can be? Anyways, I was glad I had made these earlier in the week and put them in the freezer because I think I’ll be sending them to school next Tuesday for his Valentine’s Day class party!
These tasty little pies were super simple to make, and the cookies are good even by themselves, without the marshmallow creme. I appreciate how you can actually taste the banana in the cookie itself, too. However, it was a more time-consuming recipe than I originally thought. You see, I really had not taken the time to read ahead to the part where you are supposed to form each round of batter with wet fingertips. Oops! That can definitely take a while, especially given the amount of batter that the recipe makes. But, then again, if you are going to make sandwiches out of each one, you do need a lot of cookies. I made at least 4 cookie sheets full (12 per cookie sheet), with extra batter leftover. So, I’m not really sure what the final tally was, but I definitely had enough cookies for 24 pies. The cookies are not big – rather, they are almost bite-size. Just right for something sweet, if you ask me. I’m sure the kids will love them!
Until next time,