Banana Cookies

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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!

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!

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My family is either all in with bananas…or not.

It seems every week I pick up one bunch of bananas, and some weeks they are gone by Tuesday…and sometimes I’m left at the end of the week with over ripe bananas.

Not that it’s something to complain about, as I have tons of banana recipes on the blog to help with this situation. 

But honestly, most of them are banana bread recipes. 

Today I whipped up some delicious, moist whoopie pies. Or Banana cookies!

Any way that I can add frosting to my desserts, I’m 100% on board with. I hope you’ll join me.

How to Make Banana Cookies

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!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

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 dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and kosher salt into the banana mixture and mix until fully blended.

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.

For the frosting, beat cream cheese with butter until fluffy. Add in vanilla, milk, cinnamon, and powdered sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.

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.

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!

Can you Freeze Banana Cookies

Yes. Absolutely. After cooling the cookies (but before adding the frosting), slide cookies into a freezer ziploc bag.

Freeze for up to 3 months. Remove from freezer and thaw at room temperature. Add frosting to cookies after thawing.

Tips for Banana Cookie Recipes

Obviously you can skip the frosting and just enjoy these pillows of soft banana cookies as written.

Or 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!

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!

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!

These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are a favorite in the fall. With these sweet chocolate cream cheese filling they’re hard to resist.

Are they brownies or cookies? These Red Velvet Brownie Whoopie Pies are chewy AND soft!

And technically, Oatmeal Cream pies can be classified as a whoopie pie. I’ve even got a chocolate oatmeal cream pie recipe too!

Ingredients for Banana Cookies

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Sour Cream
  • Ripe Bananas 
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Egg
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Cream Cheese
  • Milk
  • Powdered Sugar

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!

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Yield: 15 cookie sandwiches

Banana Cookies

Banana Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

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!

Ingredients

For the cookie:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 large ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2½ cup flour
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4½ cup powdered sugar

Instructions

for the cookies:

  1. Beat butter and sugars. Mix in the sour cream, bananas, vanilla and egg. Add the remaining ingredients.
  2. 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:

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Frost cake, cookie, etc.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 54mg Sodium: 266mg Carbohydrates: 67g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 48g Protein: 4g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published April 12, 2011, photos updated April 2019

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16 comments on “Banana Cookies”

  1. Sue

    You have a lot of links to this party(tasty Tuesdays)! 🙂 It’s nice to have another recipe for my over-ripe bananas other than banana bread. I love sandwich cookies!

  2. I have a go to banana cookie recipe that I have used for years, can’t wait to change it up, and to fill them, now there is a great idea. Thanks

  3. Bring on the bananas!! haha! Great minds think alike!! Thanks for linking them up!!

  4. I love baked goods with bananas, especially when they are covered in cream cheese frosting. Yum!

    I’d like to invite you to share this recipe on my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/04/14/chocolate-birds-nests/

  5. Hi Aimee,
    Yummy! Great recipe and I love the gooey frosting between the cookies. Thank you for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  6. Yum, banana and cream cheese are a perfect pair. Great sandwich cookies.

  7. Those look so yummy! I’m a frosting girl too – love the stuff!

  8. Such a unique cookie! Can’t wait to try it!

    Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays! 🙂

  9. These look so creamy and sweet; perfect treat for a spring day!

  10. Heather

    These whoopie pies are so good! Love the creamy filling!

  11. Trang

    Love the recipe! I always end up with old bananas and I’m getting tired of banana bread so this is perfect!

  12. Anna

    These cookies are currently a favorite around here! They are so delicious!

  13. Taylor

    LOVE this dessert idea!! I’m a sucker for anything with cream cheese frosting!

  14. Monica Castle

    Making these tonight 🤤. I was thing about mixing some Peanut Butter with the Cream Cheese for the filling?? Will see what happens. 

  15. Joanne

    Once I frost these cookies, do they need to be refrigerated or can I leave them covered on a countertop?

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