Soft, chewy Banana Cookies are a family classic. Filled with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting, you’ll love the banana flavor in these whoopie pies! Or serve with frosting and nuts!
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What is a Whoopie Pie
Whoopie Pies are a northeaster classic. They’re made by combining TWO soft cookies (or tender cakes) with a creamy filling!
Today I whipped up some delicious, moist whoopie pies. Or Banana cookies!
- Can be served as a banana cookie, or as a whoopie pie.
- Cinnamon cream cheese frosting in the filling.
- Top with nuts, if desired.
- Freezer friendly!
Any way that I can add frosting to my desserts, I’m 100% on board with. I hope you’ll join me.
My family has a love hate relationship with bananas. I buy bunches, and they either eat them all immediately, or I have to whip up my favorite banana bread recipe. (or my favorite Banana Pudding Recipe).
- Bananas- the riper the better! More brown is best. Use our guide on how to ripen bananas in 20 minutes!
- Butter and Sour Cream- make the moistest cookies. My kids call these banana bread bites.
- Sugars- a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar give the cookies a chewy texture.
How to Make Banana Cookies
- Combine wet ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy. Add the sour cream, mashed bananas, vanilla extract, and egg into the butter and sugar mixture.
PRO TIP: You can swap out the sour cream for greek yogurt!
- Add drying ingredients: Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and kosher salt into the banana mixture and mix until fully blended.
- Bake: Using a medium cookie scoop, drop dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire rack.
- Frost: For the frosting, beat cream cheese with butter until fluffy. Add in vanilla, milk, cinnamon, and powdered sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Serve: To fill the banana whoopie pies, place half of the cookies upside down. Fill a piping bag with tip with the frosting. Pipe onto the cookies. Top with second cookie. Or spread frosting on top and sprinkle with nuts.
Tips for Banana Cookies
- Instead of whoopie pies, just pipe a dollop of frosting onto the tops of each cookie.
- You can also add in some chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans) to add a little texture and nutty flavor to these banana cookies.
- Of course you also can’t go wrong with adding chocolate chips. I think banana chocolate chip cookies sound incredible!
- Store banana cookies in airtight container in the refrigerator (if frosted or whoopie pies).
- Freeze banana cookies in airtight container for up to 3 months, with or without frosting. Use my tips on how to freeze cookie dough for later.
More Cookie Recipes:
- Butterscotch Toffee Cookies
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies
- Peanut Butter Shortbread
- Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
- 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
- Lemon Gooey Cake Cookies
- Try one of my easy Rice Krispie Treats Recipes
For the cookie:
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- ½ cup light brown sugar packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2 large ripe bananas smashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 large egg
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
For the frosting:
- 4 ounce cream cheese softened
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons milk
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups powdered sugar
For the cookies:
- Beat butter and sugars. Mix in the sour cream, bananas, vanilla and egg. Add the remaining ingredients.
- Use a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a small scoop, drop dough onto paper. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool and frost if desired!
For the frosting:
- Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Spread between two like-sized cookies or on top of each cookie. Add chopped walnuts if desired.