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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-This giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Sunday, April 29th at 11:59 pm EST.
-Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator. Winner will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form.
-Winner(s) will have until 5/1/12 to claim their copy of Sweet Designs or we will choose another winner.
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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. Lisa M. — April 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    My daughter will be graduating from college in December without any student loan debt so that requires a big celebration!!!

  2. Denise — April 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    My parents 45th wedding anniversary is coming up next year. I’ve already started scouring magazines and the internet for ideas.

  3. ranee — April 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    this book looks awesome! i love planning birthday parties and showers, so i think it would help with any of those!! thanks!

  4. April V — April 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I would love to plan a summer party w/ strawberry shortcakes!

  5. — April 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I would like help to throw a cupcake and wine tasting party.

  6. ACMommy3 — April 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Would love some inspiration for a girl’s birthday party coming up in a few months! Love planning the details out and this book looks awesome…along with your recipe! :-D

  7. Nancy — April 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I need help with my 12 year old daughter’s birthday party.

  8. Sharee — April 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    My kids birthday parties… Back to back parties. This book looks awesome.

  9. Patti — April 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    My daughter’s high school and son’s 8th grade graduation party. It will be combined and I want to make it personal for each of them.

  10. melanie — April 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I need help with my sister’s baby shower!! She is due in July so I need ideas STAT :)

  11. Pat — April 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Oh, it would be great to have some helpful ideas for planning a neighborhood block party!

  12. April B. — April 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I would LOVE this book! I want to plan a fun girl night party for my friend and me!

  13. April B. — April 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I tweeted it too!

  14. Layla — April 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Oh wow! This book looks awsome! I desprately need help planning my wedding! Its the most important day and it needs to be amazing! I mean it IS the day i officially and utterly give my life to my wonderful fiance :)

  15. Krystina — April 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I’d love some help planning the perfect Mother’s Day luncheon!

  16. Amisha — April 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I’d love to do a peacock themed or Mario Bros themed dessert table!

  17. Kimi B — April 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I desperately need help with an upcoming gender reveal party!

  18. Christina — April 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    would love help planning a baby shower!!! the book looks amazing!! If I don’t win I’ll be stopping by Barnes and Nobel to pick up a copy!!!

  19. Theresa — April 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I would like to get some help to plan the perfect tea party with lots of cakes and biscuits :D
    I also tweeted the statement “I want to win a copy of @amyatlas ‘s amazing new book, Sweet Designs, from @bakingaddiction!”

  20. Krista F. — April 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I love planning surprise parties, and there are so many occasions for them. New ideas and thoughts are always welcome!

  21. nyckaira @ — April 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I could use some help planning my aunt’s baby shower coming up!

  22. Colleen — April 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Help planning a house warming for my daughter and son-in-law’s new house. These banana whoopie pies sound great, I will need to try them.

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  23. Monica — April 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I’ve always wanted to have (or attend) a cookie swap party at Christmas – would love help and ideas on that.

  24. Kristin — April 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    We are going to have a baby shower for my sister in law and we can always use ideas on what to do. It is her first and the baby will be my mom’s first granddaughter! :) We are all thrilled to finally have a baby girl in the family!

  25. beth rodkey — April 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    i don’t like help planning parties :) I like to be in charge of every detail!

  26. Mistie — April 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I have birthday parties coming up for 3 little boys and my husband’s big 40!

  27. Vicki Rintz — April 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    It would be fun to plan a Mother’s Day lunch for my Mom.

  28. Stephanie — April 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    My friend’s baby shower is just around the corner and this book will be a great resource!

  29. Aida Onishchenko — April 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    My son Aiden is turning 7 and he is asking me for a spy party. Don’t know where to start..
    Please HELP

    • Aimee — April 26, 2012 at 8:49 am

      You should plan everything around finding clues for the special birthday celebration. the invitation could be a little box with clues( like a map) as an starting clue for getting to the suspicious location( your house ).. and then maybe for favors, plastic magnifying glass, plastic dark glasses, a suitcase( those cute paper ones to help celebrate the birthday boy. Labeled the food as mystery things.. maybe watch Tom Cruise Mission Impossible movie to get some ideas…

  30. Deb Van Dyk — April 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I would love some ideas for a college graduation party for my son whose degree is in transportation engineering : roads, trains, harbors, traffic signals, bridges…

  31. maryam — April 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    My daughter’s first birthday is coming up and I want to throw a garden- or fairyland-themed party for her birthday. Would love to get some ideas for it.

  32. Manette Gutterman — April 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I need to plan my 5 year old’s birthday party for late May. He’s full of personality but not really into any certain characters so I’m not sure what our theme is going to be. Might be an outdoorsy theme as he loves to be outside playing!

  33. Michelle — April 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I would like help planning my upcoming birthday party in New Orleans

  34. becca — April 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    my sister’s baby shower – i am so overwhelmed with cute ideas, it’s hard to narrow them down!!

  35. Marie — April 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    First, I can’t wait to make the pink eclairs and second, my grandson’s 2nd birthday is this summer and he loves mickey mouse!! I need to get ready!

  36. Christina C. — April 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I would love help with a Harry Potter-themed Halloween party. :)

  37. Christina C. — April 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I tweeted about this giveaway!

  38. Jennifer — April 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I am planning a woodland themed birthday party for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party. I think this could be an adorable theme if I had any skills in this area!

  39. Adrienne Balmforth — April 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I would love some help with the details of my son’s 1st birthday party–vintage airplane theme!

  40. cluttercafe — April 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    My son’s 10th birthday party. His birthday was in March and he didn’t want a party because he has been unable to walk due to an arthritis flare up and he is now on new meds that are helping him, so he asked if he could have a late party. And I would love to do something real special

  41. Sandy — April 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I’d like help planning a “boy” party, but not for little boys, more like for a 9-10 year old. They’re impossible!

  42. Yardena — April 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I’d like some help to plan a carnival theme party.

  43. Food Rookie — April 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    My husband and I are about to purchase our frist home, and I’m stressed about planning a housewarming party!

  44. Suzanne — April 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    My daughter will be turning Sweet 16 in December. We hope to make it a fabulous winter wonderland full of sparkle! With a tight budget, we’ll be doing a lot of the creative decorating ourselves. We are planning to make it our summer project. But how do we go from ordinary to extraordinary? We would love your help, tips and suggestions!!!

  45. Kim J. — April 25, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I would love help planning the best birthday party for my almost 4yr old son.

  46. Christine — April 26, 2012 at 1:19 am

    My two girls turn 3 and 9 in December, and I’d love to throw them fabulous, fun, crafty-cute parties… I’ve never done that before! Would LOVE to win this to help me achieve that goal!

  47. Monica — April 26, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I would like some help in planning for my husband’s birthday! These whoopee pies look and sound DELISH!

  48. jennifer — April 26, 2012 at 1:47 am

    love the blog!! i have my daughters birthday party comming up.. would luv sum tips!!

  49. Monica — April 26, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I’ m currently working on a Cinco de Mayo theme teacher appreciation party. I would some creative help!

  50. Sarah L — April 26, 2012 at 5:38 am

    My sister’s wedding shower!