Banana Cream Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies.

They sound sort of doofy. They’re not actually pies.

I highly recommend you make some…

They are fluffy. They are scrumptious. They inevitably force you to say whoopie.

As normal folks, we tend to find ourselves  insanely wrapped up in taking care of business, being stressed and making a meaner game face than the dude sitting next to us.

Believe me, I get it.

You’re over-worked and underpaid.There could be rain forecasted on your wedding day. People can be mean and obnoxious and mad rude. Perhaps your shaggy head is in desperate need of a haircut. You very possibly failed to pay your electric bill this month. And maybe, just maybe, the very first thing you did this morning as you flopped out the bed was stub your fat raggedy toe.

It happens.

But, whatever your particular beef with the world is today, try stepping outside yourself for like two seconds…       is what you’re currently spazzing about really going to be relevant in the grand scheme of your life?    Within the next year?   Tomorrow?          How about the next 5 minutes?

Maybe it will. You might be a really important person or something. I don’t know.

Either way, you and I both, we should make a conscious effort to just whip out a smile, laugh out loud, act a fool for a minute…. pick a few little things to “whoopie” over.

Whoopie because it’s a fresh new week, filled with fresh new possibilities.

Whoopie because you just encountered some guy wearing a full suit… plus socks and sandals.

Whoopie because you might just make a new friend today.

Whoopie because maybe you’ll connect with an old friend today.

Whoopie because you woke up today.

Whoopie because peanut butter exists.

Whoopie because some things are gonna turn out better than you thought.

Whoopie because you really really matter to somebody.

So here’s your Monday homework…

Ya know, because I totally have the authority to give you homework and all.

Make some whoopie pies, say whoopie at least 8 times and go watch this.

Oh, and stop being so dagum serious.

Your face is gonna freeze like that.

Not cute.

Banana Cream Whoopie Pies

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 & 1/2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and mashed banana with an electric mixer. Beat in the eggs and 1 tsp vanilla.

Gradually beat in the flour mixture.

Drop dough by spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets 2 inches apart and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

In the meantime, prepare the whoopie pie filling by beating the cream cheese with remaining vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix in the walnuts. Spoon the filling onto flat side of one cookie and top with another cookie of similar proportions, sandwiching the cream cheese filling. Repeat with remaining cookies.

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