Banana Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Banana Chocolate Whoopie Pies

I have a dream…. A dream that one day…. I will live in a household…. where the people in that household actually *eat* the bananas in the few days after they’ve been purchased. When those bananas are still yellow. When those bananas are actually ripe and perfect for peeling and eating.

banana chocolate whoopie pies

I have a dream…. A dream that someday…. me and my household will not consist of people who always let bananas sit on the counter, neglected, until they go black. That someday, me and my household will not forget that the bananas were even purchased in the first place. That someday, me and my household will no longer be people who only notice the bananas’ very existence when they are overripe and only acceptable for baked goodies.

banana chocolate whoopie pies

But, today, my dream is still only a dream. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a bunch of five beautiful, still-slightly-green bananas; I ate one; the other unnamed person in my household ate none. And that explains why, a couple days ago, I noticed four black bananas on the counter. And what could I do but make these whoopie pies?

banana chocolate whoopie pies

So here I am, sharing with you yet another baked creation that exists only because me and my household cannot seem to manage to eat our bananas. Maybe we subconsciously feel we do not need potassium. Or maybe we subconsciously (and consciously!) like the banana baked treats. Because we do keep buying bananas, despite our abysmal track record. In the meantime, please enjoy these delicious and positively addictive cookie sandwiches.

Banana Chocolate Whoopie Pies

To prove my point, here is a list of other banana baked treats made because I let bananas go black:

Banana Split Brownies
Banana Dark Chocolate Mini Muffins
Iced Banana Cookies
Banana Buttermilk Waffles
Banana Pecan Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Banana Split Cheesecake Bars
Bourbon Banana Bread
Strawberry Banana Bread

Banana Chocolate whoopie pies

{One Year Ago: Meatless Muffulettas}

Source: adapted from The Good Stuff Cookbook by Spike Mendelsohn

Ingredients:
COOKIES:
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
4-5 overripe bananas

FILLING:
6 oz. cream cheese
3 tbs half-and-half
2 scant cups granulated sugar
2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate

Directions:
First make the COOKIES. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silpats. Set aside.
In a medium to large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. With the stand mixer on medium-low, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Peel the bananas, then, with the mixer still running, break them up into chunks and add the chunks, one at a time, to the mixer. Let them become completely incorporated into the batter.
Now, with the mixer still on medium-low, add the flour mixture a little at a time, until it is just incorporated into the batter. Shut off the mixer.
Grease a cookie scoop or a couple of larger cereal spoons and drop the batter onto the prepared baking sheets by tablespoonfuls. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until the tops of the cookies spring back when gently touched and the edges are golden brown.
Transfer the cookies to cooling racks and cool completely before assembling the whoopie pies.
In the meantime, make the FILLING. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine all the filling ingredients. Stirring occasionally, let them all melt together until smooth. Remove from the heat and cool completely. You can refrigerate the filling for a bit if desired.
When everything has cooled, assemble the whoopie pies. Take one cookies, and spread some of the chocolate filling on it. Top with another cookie and place on a plate or cooling rack. Continue, until all have been assembled.
Eat one, and try to stop at that. An hour later, call someone to come take the needle out of your arm.

One response to “Banana Chocolate Whoopie Pies

  1. In defense of the “household”, I thought you’d bought the bananas specifically to let them get over-ripe for baking! 🙂

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