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So Next Season.

I know, I know. I'm weird.

Who makes something maple flavoured in the Summer? In case you can't see, that would be me reluctantly raising my hand.

It's like I'm just asking for it. I'm tempting the fates. Tomorrow all the leaves are going to turn orange and fall from the trees. And it will be all my fault. If that happens I take full responsibility. And if that happens you'll at least have some appropriate cookies for the premature Autumn season.

I guess I could have tucked away this little gem and waited patiently for the next season. Do I strike you as a patient person?

Let me explain the method to my madness. Remember when I made these Maple Bacon Oatmeal Muffins? Well I had some maple syrup leftover and I couldn't see that sugary heaven go to waste so I planned these lovely Maple Banana Whoopie Pies.

I had exactly one cup of maple syrup left. Did I plan it that way or am I just that lucky? Why can't I be lucky with something useful like the lottery or Kitchen Aid giveaways? Whatever. I'll take what I can get.

And if licking the measuring cup clean of any maple syrup residue is wrong then I don't want to be right.

Maple Banana Whoopie Pies
Makes 3 dozen cookies, 18 whoopie pies.

Source: My imagination

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 eggs
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp turbinado sugar

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the butter, brown sugar and maple syrup until it's light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat them in until it's smooth. The mixture might look curdled but don't worry. All will be well.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and combine it until it's incorporated well. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes to stiffen up.

Roll a heaping tbsp of dough into a ball and place onto the prepared baking sheet for each cookie. Pat them down lightly with your fingers and sprinkle them liberally with turbinado sugar. Bake them for 8 - 10 minutes until the edges are light golden brown. Transfer them to a cooking rack to cool completely before frosting.

Banana Frosting

Source: My imagination.

1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 bananas, mashed
1/4 tsp salt
3 – 5 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the butter, mashed banana and salt. Gradually add the powdered sugar until you get your desired consistency. It should be thick enough to spread on the cookies and not ooze out when you make them into sandwiches.

Match up the cookies into pairs according to size and shape. Liberally spread the frosting on the underside of the first cookie then place the second one on top. Keep them refrigerated. Enjoy!

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  1. I’m so done with summer. I need some pumpkin and nutmeg and other warmy fall spices in my life. So I guess what I’m trying to say is, mmm maple.

  2. There’s never an off season for maple! The banana helps keep them “summery”. I love your recipes!

  3. Maple syrup is good in any season! Your whoopie pies look fantastic

  4. These look delicious! I’ve been searching for canned pumpkin to make a loaf of pumpkin bread forever now and can’t find it anywhere! Here I just thought I was the only crazy one who liked to bake out of season :)

    • They must only have canned pumpkin out during the fall. I could have sworn I saw it at the supermarket the other day… Oh well.

      Glad to know I’m not the only unseasonal baker! :)

  5. I forgive you…my favorite time of year is the autumn so I can’t wait!!

  6. Your post titles always crack me up! But I love maple any time of year, so bring it.

    • Thanks! I try my best. Sometimes I sit there in front of my laptop with my mouth hanging open in concentration for quite some time before anything comes to me. :)

  7. Yummy!! I myself have been craving apple crisp. Is that too fall-ish?

    We shouldn’t be confined by things like “seasons”. I say we deserve to live in a land where we can enjoy whatever treats we want freely!! Who’s with meeeee??!!

    Anyways, fabulous idea and wonderful flavor combo. You’re awesome.

  8. Ahhh…the flavors of fall are my favorite!!! I couldn’t have any of them last year due to pregnancy complications, so this year, look out, pumpkin!

    I worked in bakeries for about 15 years, and I made my fair share of whoopsters. These look great! Nice pics, too.

  9. Talking about tempting fates, I cooked a turkey yesterday- it was taking up too much room in my freezer. It’s so hot here, anything that makes me think of cooler weather is welcome. I think maple is good in any kind of weather- these look delicious.

  10. Lindsey, these sound awesome! Who cares that it is the middle of summer! I love it. and I’m just getting started on my whoopie kick and I’m salivating over yours!

    BTW-Love the rest of your blog. You are so creative

  11. These are perfect to enjoy anytime and I love your banana frosting idea!

  12. they are a nice change from the norm. taste great and family loves them.,maple sugar is big here in Berlin New Hampshire.This recipie will go over big here!.Thanks for the idea…. Moe

  13. I make maple flavored things whenever I’m in the mood regardless of the season! These sound delicious!

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