These Banana Whoopie Pies from “The Essential Amish Cookbook” by Lovina Eicher are cream cheese, banana goodness! Get the cookbook here https://www.amazon.com/Essential-Amish-Cookbook-Everyday-Recipes/dp/1513800299/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492102238&sr=8-1&keywords=essential+amish+cookbook
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BANANA WHOOPIE PIES
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar, packed
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cup bananas, mashed (3 medium
2 large eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese,
4 tablespoons soft butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugars, and salt until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and mashed bananas. The mixture will look curdled; that’s okay. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
Whisk together the flour and baking soda; add to banana mixture. Mix until evenly combined. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl, then mix for 1 minute more. Stir in walnuts.
Scoop the dough by the quarter cup for large cookies, and by the tablespoon for smaller cookies. Allow plenty of space between them.
Bake for 12-14 minutes at 400°F, until the tops spring back when lightly touched with your finger and the edges are a very light golden brown.
Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring the cookies to a rack to finish cooling completely before filling.
Make filling: Beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the sugar in two additions. Add the vanilla. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes, until very fluffy.
To make filled whoopie pies, choose two cookies of the same or similar size. Spread a thick layer of filling on the bottom of one cookie, and top with the second cookie.
Taste the goodness of Amish life.
Bestselling cookbook author and food columnist Lovina Eicher brings together the best of Amish cooking in The Essential Amish Cookbook: Everyday Recipes from Farm and Pantry. Join Eicher as she shares traditional Amish recipes along with her own kitchen tips and secrets. Growing up, Eicher learned to cook and bake at an early age alongside her mother, longtime columnist and Amish cookbook author Elizabeth Coblentz, and has put those skills to use in her own Amish kitchen as she cooks for her eight children.
The easy-to-follow, authentic recipes you’ll find in The Essential Amish Cookbook are prepared every day in countless homes in Old Order Amish communities across North America. Many of the more than 100 recipes are richly illustrated with step-by-step photographs to help you learn Amish cooking just as if you were in Lovina’s kitchen. From hearty main dishes to substantial sides–plus a generous sampling of scrumptious cakes, pies, cookies, and other delectable desserts–learn how to make the hearty, simple dishes that the Amish cook together and serve at home, church services, and weddings.
In a fast-food, digital world, the book’s colorful photos and conversational tone provide a real taste of Amish life and invite you to slow down. Your family will come to love her Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread, Rhubarb Juice, Roast Beef with Veggies, Oven Crusted Chicken, pickles, jams, and so much more. Experience the simple joys of Amish life–food, faith and family!
Lovina Eicher is author of the syndicated column, Lovina’s Amish Kitchen, which appears in 40 newspapers around the United States and on a weekly blog. She is the author of several cookbooks. Lovina and her husband have eight children and live in rural Michigan.