Banana Whoopie Pies {Amy Atlas Sweet Designs Giveaway}

If you love pretty desserts as much as I do, odds are you’ve come across a beautiful dessert table styled by Amy Atlas. Amy is known for her chic, modern, and gorgeously delicious approach to party styling and is recognized for creating the dessert bar trend.

Today, Amy’s highly anticipated book, Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It makes its debut. Amy has taken the guess work out of party planning by providing you with 15 chapters brimming with over 100 delicious recipes. Sweet Designs also contains over 75 simple and affordable DIY craft projects to make your party even more amazing. Each chapter features one of Amy’s signature dessert tables and she even walks you through the process of mixing and matching items from different tables to create a truly unique look for any occasion.

Mad for Zigzag: Photo Courtesy of Hyperion

I received a preview copy of the book and was devouring it chapter by chapter as soon as it hit my doorstep. Sweet Designs is truly a DIY manual for recreating Amy’s coveted, stylish party designs. It’s full of delicious recipes, stunning photography, and step by step instructions that will spark your creativity and turn you into the go-to party planner in no time.

While flipping through Sweet Designs, these adorably chubby Banana Whoopie Pies immediately caught my eye. They’re loaded with sweet banana flavor and sandwiched together with a creamy mascarpone filling.

Whether you’re looking for a delicious sweet treat or wanting to create an incredible dessert table for an upcoming event, Amy’s book, Sweet Designs, is sure to help you Bake It, Craft It and Style It to perfection.

You can find Amy at her personal blog, Sweet Designs, where she shares styling tips, recipes, and DIY craft projects. She is also a contributing editor for NBC’s iVillage as well as Stroller Traffic.

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Banana Whoopie Pies

Yield: 12 whoopie pies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulateD sugar
1/2 packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Filling

2 cups mascarpone at room temperature
4 tablespoons sugar

Directions:

1. Adjust oven racks to lower-middle and upper-middle positions and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon into a medium bowl; set aside.

3. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter with sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stop mixer, scrape down the bowl and beater, and beat in egg on medium speed until combined. Beat in banana, sour cream, and vanilla until combined. Reduce the speed to medium-low and add flour mixture in batches until completely combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

4. Transfer the batter to a pastry bag or a resealable plastic bag fitted with a Wilton Round Tip #2A pastry tip. Pipe six 2 1/2-inch round mounds onto each pan, placing them 3 inches apart. Bake until light golden, 12-15 minutes, rotating pans from top to bottom and from front to back halfway through.

5. Remove pans from oven and slide the parchment sheet of cookies onto a wire rack to cool completely. Line baking sheets with fresh paper and repeat process with remaining batter.

6. Meanwhile, make the filling. Combine the mascarpone and sugar in a small bowl and mix with a rubber spatula until the sugar is thoroughly incorporated.

7. Once the cookies are cool, spread 2 tablespoons of the filling onto the flat side of 1/2 of the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies and arrange on a platter in a single layer. The whoopie pies can remain at room temperature up to 3 hours. To store, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Notes:

- I piped the batter into a whoopie pie pan.
- Can't find mascarpone? This recipe is equally as delicious with cream cheese frosting.

Recipe from Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas

528 Responses to “Banana Whoopie Pies {Amy Atlas Sweet Designs Giveaway}”

  1. Casey @ The Baker Bee — April 24, 2012 at 8:40 am

    First, whoopie pies are one of my favorite things to make, and these look scrumptious!
    Second, my son’s second birthday is coming up and I’d love to find some creative ideas for it!

  2. Cassie — April 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I’ll be attending a Cinco de Mayo party, would love to bring a fun drink & dessert

  3. Eva @ Eva Bakes — April 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I’d love some help throwing a backyard BBQ party. I have limited seating and counter space and would love ideas on how to maximize the space we have.

  4. Maureen — April 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

    My husband is turning 50 this year. I have his family and others asking me what I am doing. I have no idea at this point and it it just two months away. I have asked him what he wants to do but he really doesn’t tell me anything.

  5. Blog is the New Black — April 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I made something so similiar a few years ago! I loved the banana bread-ish “cakes” and the peanut butter filling I used. YUM!

  6. Mary Ann — April 24, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I would like help with my daughter’s bridal shower.

  7. Athena R — April 24, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Yum! I love banana anything and thos look yummy. I would love to plan my birthday party.

  8. Jessica A — April 24, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I want to plan a fall/pumpkin carving party and this book would be great for ideas especially since candy is to ‘in’ at that time of year. Thanks!

  9. Kathy Maynard — April 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Love those whoppie pies! Reminds me of my childhood. I am planning a birthday for my nine year old Mini Doxie:)only 18th. Of course there will be people there! Any ideas for doggies and adults?????:)

  10. Patsy H. — April 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Love the preview of the design that was shown. I need help planning a birthday party for my 2 yr old grandson. My children didn’t have a lot of parties growing up so I’m kinda out of practice for parties.

  11. Karen — April 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I’m having all my gardening friends over in June for a light potluck supper. I’d like some ideas on what to serve and how to decorate for the meal.

  12. Helen — April 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

    My son’s birthday is coming up. I would love some inspiration!

  13. Anne — April 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

    A few months ago we downsized from 3300 sf to 952 sf (yeah, nuts). Would love to have a get-together, but am clueless how to accomodate everyone, and have a place for all the food without causing a traffic jam!

  14. Megan S. — April 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I have a bridal shower coming up and I am at a loss! I know this book would help me plan the perfect party!

  15. Alexa — April 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I’ve never made whoopie pies before, but these look like a great place to start! I’d love to plan a party for all my friends finishing undergrad this year (alas, one year left for me..).

  16. Heather — April 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I’m hoping to self-cater the dessert bar at my wedding — both of them! My fiance is from England and we’re patiently awaiting his visa to be approved. We get marry each other twice in one year :-)

  17. Adee — April 24, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I’ll be having a baby soon-can’t wait to plan all of his/her birthday parties!

  18. Elizabeth Jenkins — April 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I’m planning my oldest granddaughter’s graduation party…I know this book would help a bunch!

  19. Jennifer W — April 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

    This book would help me plan my daughter’s first birthday party!

  20. Shirley — April 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

    My sister and I are trying to plan a party for our mom’s 80th birthday!!! We want something for her friends and our family. She is a wonderful lady full of grace and is truly special.

  21. Emily D — April 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

    My little girls 2nd birthday, since I just finished throwing the 1st :)

  22. Amy H — April 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

    My best friend’s 40th birthday party.

  23. Gwyn — April 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I am helping with my honorary niece’s graduation and any help would be awesome!!

  24. Ashley — April 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I want help planning a few different parties. My boyfriend is turning 30, my son is turning 3, and I would love to have a few grill parties this summer!

  25. Kristina — April 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I am getting married in June and having a home warming party in July! I desperately need help with making everything cute!

  26. Leslie — April 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

    My baby girl is turning 1 next month. I have no idea what kind of party I want to do.

  27. Kalyn — April 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I’m throwing a graduation party soon, and I’d love some ideas for it.

  28. Cindy — April 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

    A graduation party for my son.

  29. Melissa — April 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

    One of my best friends and sorority sisters is soon getting married. Two of us are throwing her a bridal shower and with us just being a year and a half out of college, it’ll be our first one to throw! I want to make sure her bridal shower is the best ever – and our amateurness doesn’t show! I have no doubt Amy’s book would help in the process.

  30. Brandi Daves — April 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I need some help with my second son’s 1st birthday!

  31. Bianca — April 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I’ve never done a real birthday party for my 1 and 2-year-old, and I could definitely use some help planning their next soiree

  32. Urban Wife — April 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Pick me, pick me!! I need some serious help with planning my hubby’s upcoming birthday. Last year will be hard to top so I need some SERIOUSLY AMAZING ideas. This is the perfect book!

  33. SarahJ — April 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I’m getting married in September and would love some ideas for the reception!

  34. Amanda Thompson — April 24, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I would love help in planning a bbq bash this summer ~ I love cooking for people and have a tendency to go overboard, so someone to help me focus on a theme would be great!

  35. Lynde — April 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Sooo many! Sons 2nd birthday, husband’s 31st, parents 40th anniversary

  36. Kristina S. — April 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I would love help in planning a food/desserts tasting party, and Amy’s book would be the perfect tool to help!

  37. Ann M. — April 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I’m turning 50 this year and hosting a girl’s weekend with about 12 other ladies. We’ll have a house with a kitchen but not sure how to accommodate all the different diets – vegetarian, paleo, meat eaters, etc.

  38. Eri — April 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I need help planning my son’s 5th birthday party… He is so excited that I don’t know if I can live up to his expectation :)

  39. Danielle — April 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I’m gearing up for my son’s 5th birthday party in June and I could use all the help I can get! Thanks!

  40. Peggy — April 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Planning a cookout this summer for large group of friends, would love some different ideas!

  41. Theresa — April 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Oooooh! I loooove Amy Atlas!!
    I would love tips on doing a start wars themed party for my son’s 6th birthday!

  42. Keri — April 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

    These whoopie pies look delicious! I LOVE Amy Atlas, her dessert tables are always so chic and wonderful – I would love help planning a bridal shower for my soon to be sister-in-law – I want it to be something different than the typical shower & I know Amy’s book would be filled with great ideas!

  43. Janet — April 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I would love to plan a fun girls night out at my house!

  44. heather — April 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

    These look so yummy! I have not made whoopie pies before, but have been dying to try! I might start with these this weekend.

    I love to throw parties and have so many ideas in my head but can never seem to execute it the way I want. I would love some help with my daughters 9th bday party!

  45. Debbie — April 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

    My stepson graduates next year, and my husband is already talking about hosting the party at our house. Definitely would need help making that happen! Not to mention, making it special.

  46. Tracy — April 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I would love to win a copy of Amy Atlas’ new book. Her party tablescapes are just gorgeous and my husband (and I) are both turning 40 this year. I would love some help planning something “manly” for him and maybe I could just kind of “accidentally” leave it out for him to see and maybe he’ll get ideas for a party for me (just a hint honey: english pub theme!)

  47. Amanda — April 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

    These look cute and delicious!! I am the maid of honor in my little sister’s wedding coming up in September. I have LOTS of things I need help planning! Bridal shower, bachlorette party, reception…. :D

  48. April Siggal — April 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I have to admit I”ve never tried a whoopie pie but these look good. I need help planning a Minnie Mouse birthday party for my 2 daughters that will be turning 4 and 7.

  49. Maria — April 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

    The whoopie pies look perfect! I am loving Amy’s book. So many fun ideas!

  50. Valerie — April 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

    My sister is getting married in June & I’m hosting her bridal shower… I’ll take all the help I can get!

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