I had been wanting to purchase muffin top pans for a long time. I was elated when I found them on sale at my recent TJ Maxx. Much to Lloyd’s chagrin, I’ve yet to use them for their intended purpose. Luckily, I got creative and used them to make some whoopie pies. Thick, luscious, creamy peanut butter filled banana whoopie pies, to be exact.
Peanut Butter Banana Whoopie Pies
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup bread flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 3/4 cups light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour, bread flour, baking soda, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the butter, vegetable shortening, light brown sugar, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, and stir just until combined.
Alternate adding the flour mixture and the mashed bananas. Stir to combine between each addition and scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
Fill whoopie pie pan (I used a muffin top pan) with the mixture. Alternatively, you can pipe circles onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
Salty Peanut Butter Woopie Filling
- 3/4 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a small bowl beat together the peanut butter and unsalted butter on low speed until smooth and creamy.
Add the confectioners’ sugar and salt, beat on low just until combined then increase speed to medium and beat until fluffy, about 4 minutes.
Fill one side of half of the whoopie pies with mixture, and top with the other halves.
Because my pies came out so thick, I doubled the peanut butter mixture so that the whoopie to filling ratio was more like 2:1. It was a beautiful ratio. The cakes were dense and delicious, like my favorite banana bread. The rich, salty peanut butter butter filling was smooth and decadent.
Best served with a tall glass of cold milk.
Indulgence never tasted so good.