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


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


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.


- 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. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 26, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I’d love some help planning a wedding shower!

  2. Aimee — April 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

    My little girl is turning 5 in June and I would love to complete the other projects myself to have an amazing party and keep everything withing my budget.

  3. Annie Barge — April 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

    My daughter has 150 people on her graduation party list. Would love some fresh ideas!

  4. Theresa T — April 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

    My mom’s birthday! Every year we do some sort of flower theme since she’s crazy into flower gardening and it’s getting hard to outdo the previous year’s party!

  5. Becky S — April 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I’m always keeping my eyes peeled for party ideas for our 8yo’s upcoming party

  6. jessica w. — April 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

    i have a baby shower to plan coming up and this would help a lot

  7. Abby — April 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

    My niece turns one next week. Would love to be able to help my sis-in-law plan an awesome party!

  8. Jaci — April 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I would like help in planning a fun Cinco de Mayo party!

  9. Laura P — April 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

    How about a wedding reception? I could use all the party planning help I can get!!

  10. Nee Nee — April 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

    A graduation brunch for all of my Young Life girls…

    …or a Pinterest party for my friends!

  11. Christina — April 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I am working on ideas for a three year old pink lemonade birthday party. :)

  12. Paige — April 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I would love some ideas in planning a dessert table for an upcoming baby shower!

  13. Anjanette — April 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I’m baptising my niece in June and would love some advice for a cute/pretty christening party.

  14. Jahia Vue — April 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I would love to get some advice on a vow renewal ceremony/party. Thanks!

  15. Jess — April 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I’m planning a surprise birthday party, and the date is creeping up on me! I love to bake and am always looking for quirky recipes that are different + better than your average cake. xxx, j

  16. Melissa — April 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    My daughter’s second birthday is coming up this summer, and I would love some help planning it!

  17. llaney — April 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Planning the dessert bar for a school-district wide PTA event in May as well as the dessert bar for my daughter’s wedding reception in June — inspiration would be lovely and soooo helpful!

  18. fishgirl182 — April 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    i’d love to plan a fun themed book party for my next book club meeting. thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Melissa — April 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I’m planning my daughter’s first birthday party with a wonderland theme.

  20. kristin m. — April 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    banana whoopie pie? hello, i love you! i’d like to start an all-girls poker night, and i’d love to turn it into something super special! kristinmik at gmail

  21. Whitney — April 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I would love to have a Summer Garden party!

  22. Valerie — April 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I would like help planning a music-themed party to celebrate my children’s musical accomplishments!

  23. Olivia — April 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    My son is turning 1 in two months and it would be great to have some ideas for his party!

  24. step — April 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    my husband’s birthday is in 2 weeks…and i will be out of town a few days prior! help

  25. Tami — April 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I would love help planning my 2 year old grandson’s birthday….with a “Little Monster” theme! :)

  26. Victoria — April 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I would love help with my cousins bridal shower. So far we have pink and marigold yellow gingham for tablecloths and milk glass for the dishes. We want to incorporate a tandem bike motif! thanks so much!

  27. Glenda — April 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I love to garden so i would love to plan a party for my friends who love to garden. I love vintage and antiques so I would include them.

  28. Kat — April 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Graduation Party – Ideas Welcome!

  29. Linda M — April 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Ohhhh those whoopie pies look really good. I gotta try this recipe.

    I have an 11 year old boy who would like to have a pool party for his upcoming birthday. I’d love some ideas above and beyond the usual that won’t blow the budget and are great fun, but not too “little kid”

  30. Marie Knight — April 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I will be hosting a very large Christmas gathering this year and would like to get some help with designs.

  31. COLLEEN LAWRENCE — April 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I’m hosting my 40th birthday party and the book would give me some great ideas in celebrating with dessert first!

  32. Barb — April 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I would love to own this book

  33. COLLEEN LAWRENCE — April 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Just tweeted that I’m following Amy Atlas and My Baking Addiction on Twitter.

  34. Judy — April 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I would like to make this Mother’s Day extra special for my Mom. She really really deserves it!

  35. Sarah H.P. — April 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I’d love some help planning my family’s Fourth of July party!!

  36. Diana — April 26, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I need Amy’s book to help me plan an anniversay party!

  37. Kylee — April 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    My housemate and I are going to make a Harry Potter Halloween… it would be so fun to have some extra cute ideas from this book to help out! xx

  38. Cara — April 27, 2012 at 12:22 am

    A fun outdoor summer party!

  39. Naru — April 27, 2012 at 1:01 am

    i would love to help someone throw a surprise birthday party!

  40. Karen — April 27, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Mother’s Day brunch party!

  41. tara — April 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

    i think i’m a decent cook but not a great party planner/thrower. so i could use the help. I’m thinking the next party i will plan is birthday parties for both my parents (less than a month apart!)

  42. Nicki K. — April 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I don’t want to jinx it, but I believe there’s a party starting with “w” coming up for me…

  43. MARIA — April 27, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I’m planning my daughter’s Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday party…her first birthday was amazing and I want this one to beat it!

  44. Iria — April 27, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I would love help planning my daughters 21st birthday party.

  45. Wanda — April 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I need help planning a party for my son’s med school graduation.

  46. Stacy — April 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I’d love help in planning my wedding some day! There’s no date yet, but I want it to be spectacular!!

  47. Sheryl J. Frey — April 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Hello! My brother and I are throwing our parents a surprise party for their 40th Anniversary in June and would love to get inspiration from Amy’s delicious book. Thank you!

  48. Shawna — April 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Help! I am planning a beach birthday party for my grand daughter’s 13th birthday. This book looks so inspiring.

  49. Sabine @ berrylovely — April 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I would love to throw a party for my niece when she starts school this year.