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.

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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