What I’m Making: Banana Whoopi Pies

A kind blog reader sent me this cookbook.  She had sent it after my saying that I wanted to make Whoopi pies.  If you haven’t had them, they are a family favorite here.  We always buy them when we visit the Amish community south of where I live.  I had said I wanted to learn to make them.

They are two cookies sandwiched together with frosting between them.
The next thing I knew, in the mail, came this book, and the best news yet, there are several different versions of Whoopi Pies in the book.  Chocolate is what we are used to.

This day I tried the banana version.


The dough was pretty thick.  The cookies are a little more cake-like.  I’d say they are a cross between banana bread and cake.  I dropped them on a cookie sheet with a small ice cream scoop.


The recipe was a little hard in that it said to bake them between 10-15 minutes.  Hmm.  That’s a big difference.  After testing, I would recommend 14 minutes.

I upped the game on them by…putting frosting on one cookie and Nutella on another cookie and then sandwiched them together.

They were a hit.  Kalissa and both agreed that I will make them again.  Check out my childcare baby checking out that giant cookie.


We also both agreed that they should be baked for 14 minutes.  They were moister at that point.

I’m putting the recipe here so you can try them if you’d like.

Cream together:
2 cups of brown sugar
1 cup of shortening

Add:
2 eggs
2 cups of mashed bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla

Add:
3 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt (I skipped this)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Drop on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 14 minutes.

For the frosting, I didn’t follow the recipe.  Instead, I made cream cheese frosting.  To do that:

Soften:
1/2 stick butter
4 oz of cream cheese

Add:
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar (or enough for a good spreading consistency)

After cookies have cooled, frost the bottom side.  Sandwich with another cookie.

I upped the game and added a layer of Nutella in the center too.  YUM!!

Let me know if you try them.  We here loved them!

10 thoughts on “What I’m Making: Banana Whoopi Pies

  1. CindyD

    The newspaper where we once lived carried Lovina Eicher’s column THE AMISH COOK. I think you can read it online.

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    1. DianeP

      I thought I recognized her name, so I looked her up–I used to read her column in the Kankakee (Illinois) Daily Journal when we lived there over 25 years ago.

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  2. SEWHAPPY

    looks good. I try to buy one or two when I stop at a local Amish store. I have whole cookbook with different kinds of whoopi pies. Enjoy

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  3. Judith Fairchild

    Oh, the Nutella would make it a winner in my book. I will have to try it. Thank you for sharing the recipe

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  4. Kate

    They sure look good and especially with the Nutella, yummy!! The Saturday paper in our are has Lovina Eicher’s column in it and there is usually a recipe in it and they all sound very good.

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  5. Erena

    Jo, do you have a favorite chocolate Whoopi pie recipe? I googled it, but there are so many – cannot try them all. Thank you!

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  6. Carmela

    Hi Joe, thanks for posting the recipe. I will have to try it but since I have Celiac I have to use gluten free flour hopefully I’ll get the same results. By the way what’s another one of your kids on a gluten-free diet? Do you make any of your recipes gluten free? Or am I remembering incorrectly?

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