Mini Banana Cream Pies

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Mini Banana Cream Pies are the perfect party appetizer. Shortbread cookie dough form the shells of these mini pies which are filled with creamy vanilla pudding then topped with whipped cream and a fresh banana slice.

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Confession: Whenever I have a party or baby/bridal shower to attend or throw, I usually end up buying the food I bring or serve instead of making it myself.

Considering I am a food blogger, after all, this is quite lame.

It’s just that, between stressing out about what I’m going to wear, cleaning the house, or HOW I’M GOING TO GET OUT OF BABIES ‘R’ US ALIVE*, the last thing I want to do before a get together is make a million mini quiche from scratch to serve when I could just go to Costco and buy 500 of the damn things for, like, $7.00, you know?

*I went into Babies ‘R’ Us to pick out a baby shower gift the other day and thought I’d never see the light of day again. Biggest, most confusing place ever!

Anyways.

I might have to change my ways for the cutest little, bite-sized desserts I made recently – Mini Banana Cream Pies. I want to pinch their wee, pudding-filled cheeks!

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Satisfying shortbread cookie dough form the shells of these mini pies, which are filled with store-bought or pre-made vanilla pudding, then topped with whipped cream and a fresh banana slice.

They’re perfect for any get together – from a BBQ to baby shower – and take 2 minutes to assemble once the shortbread shells are baked. I’ll show ya’!

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Start by making the shortbread cookie dough for the pie shells, which begins with 6 Tablespoons butter. SOFT butter people. Like, offensively soft. I let mine sit out overnight.

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Cream the butter with 1/3 cup powdered sugar until it’s light and fluffy.

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It’ll only take a minute!

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Next add 1 teaspoon vanilla, a pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon) and 3/4 flour, then mix everything together until well combined.

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Try to forget about the fact that this is an egg-less cookie dough, which is perfectly safe to eat raw, then shape it into a disc, cover it with plastic wrap, and stash it in the fridge for 30 minutes or up to overnight.

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30 minutes later, take the dough out of the fridge, let it sit at room temperature for a couple of minutes if it’s too stiff to handle (TWSS), then shape the dough into 20, equal-sized balls.

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What I did to make it easy was divide the dough in half, then in half again, then divide the quarters into 5 balls each. It doesn’t have to be perfect either!

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Grease a mini muffin tin very well with nonstick spray, then place a dough ball into each cup and press down with your thumb to create a little shell that will eventually hold the pudding, whipped cream, and banana slices.

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Make sure to get the dough going up the sides a little!

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Bake the shells for 10 minutes at 325 degrees, then let them sit in the tin for 5-7 minutes (until it’s cool enough to handle,) then pop them out with a spoon and cool completely on a wire rack.

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Some of my shells rose too far in the center to hold the amount of pudding I wanted to cram inside, so I pressed the centers in with the bottom of a shot glass right when they came out of the oven. The others were fine (and I’m not sure it made that much of a difference – the pudding will still stay in place!)

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Next, start the aforementioned cramming! Spoon 1/2 cup chilled vanilla pudding inside a piping or ziplock bag, snip the corner off, then pipe 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons in the center of each shell. You can use any kind of vanilla pudding you want (I used cough, pudding packs, cough) but whatever you use, just make sure it’s cold.

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Spoon 1/2 cup whipped cream into another piping bag, then dollop a bit on the side. If you don’t want to use the piping method for the pudding or whipped cream, a teaspoon should do the trick!

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Finally, slice 2 bananas, and pop a slice on top.

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Here’s another assembly version – pudding –> banana slice –> whipped cream.

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Continue with the rest of the cups!

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SQUEE! So cute!

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Mini Banana Cream Pies

Print this recipe!

Makes 20 mini pies

Ingredients:
6 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup prepared vanilla pudding, chilled
1/2 cup whipped cream
2 bananas, sliced

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream butter and sugar together until smooth, about 1 minute. Add vanilla and salt then beat to combine. Spoon in the flour 1/4 cup at a time, until completely combined. Shape dough into a disc, then wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and generously spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick spray. Divide the dough into 20, equal-sized balls (I divided the dough in half, then each half in half, then each quarter into five balls,) then place one ball into each muffin cup. Use your thumb to press the dough down and create a shell, pressing the dough up the sides a bit. Bake for 10 minutes, cool for 5-7 minutes in the tin, then pop the shells out with a spoon and cool completely on a wire rack. If the dough has not left an indentation in the center of the shell, press down lightly with the bottom of a shot glass as soon as the shells come out of the oven.
  3. Meanwhile, transfer pudding and whipped cream into individual piping or a ziplock bags, and snip the ends off. Pipe 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons pudding into the bottom of the shell, pipe a dollop of whipped cream on the side, then place a banana slice on top. Serve immediately. Store extras in the fridge for up to a day.

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How freaking cute are these bite-sized mini pies?!

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The shortbread shell is sweet, but not too sweet, and the creamy vanilla pudding melts in your mouth with the banana and whipped cream. So satisfying and sure to be a hit at any get together.

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Furthermore, since you use pre-made vanilla pudding and whipped cream, assembly literally takes 2 minutes so you can practically make these on your way out the door, or just before guests arrive.

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No party? No problem! Make these for a sweet, portion controlled dessert any night of the week, which is what I did. Although…I’m not sure devouring four mini pies qualifies as showing control.

Ah well, as they say, c’est la vie! ;)

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Cast your vote for favorite pie: fruit, cream, or chocolate?

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Comments

  1. Trisha 06.19.2012

    These are so totes adorbs! Banana cream pie is my absolute favorite so I will definitely be trying these out soon. I have to admit though, once fall hits, I’m all about pumpking & apple pie. My pie tastes change with the seasons. ;)

  2. Amy M 06.19.2012

    Ummm so cute! You could easily do so many varieties of this by switching the pudding or fruit — chocolate pudding? strawberry slices?!

    My favorite pie is fruit — strawberry with a nice flaky crust, and dollop of whipped cream.

    • Trisha 06.19.2012

      Darnit! I totally forgot about strawberry pie. That’s my favorite too… :)

  3. Oh my goodness! Adorableness!!

    You do such a great job at explaining the recipes…but would you consider adding the total amount of time it took you to make? Just a thought!

    Thanks for sharing. :-)

  4. These are so cute, I can barely stand it! They look tasty too! There are no parties in my future, but I just might have to make them for myself!

  5. April 06.19.2012

    These are so cute and petite! Great idea for a big ol’ baby shower!

  6. Rebekah 06.19.2012

    I can’t stand banana, or vanilla pudding. But these look absolutely gorgeous and so simple! Maybe chocolate pudding and raspberry/strawberry, or oo, passionfruit or orange! Oooo, so many variations!

  7. Melodie 06.19.2012

    Adorable desserts!! Will have to try with chocolate pudding – delish! Thank you for the recipe!

    Side note: I have mild panic attacks whenever I go to Babies R Us, as well! Buy Buy Baby is worse – its set up like a Bed, Bath & Beyond so it feels equally claustrophobic and overwhelming. I always just end up calling the person I’m shopping for going “just tell me what you want because I can’t handle it in here!!” LOL

  8. I hate babies r us too. That place is soooo confusing! I must pin this recipe banana pudding is my favorite thing in the world so I’m sure I’ll love these!

  9. Lisa 06.19.2012

    Love Banana pudding…question though, won’t the bananas turn brown on you if this sits out for more than 30 minutes after slicing? Just curious if you have a trick to keep them fresh.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.20.2012

      Mine didn’t start browning until an hour after they were assembled, and didn’t brown hardly at all when I put the extras in the fridge. If you were serving them at a party, you could put half out, then refill from the fridge if you don’t think they’ll go fast enough!

  10. Tree 06.19.2012

    OMGosh, girl.. you’re killing me here. lol I’m a new follower, and already I’ve loved every new recipe you’ve posted. Can’t wait to try these out!

  11. Lauren 06.19.2012

    So I usually take the easy when out when it comes to parties as well and always always with dessert. These look so cute! I only wish I had the motivation to bake. :)

  12. Diane 06.19.2012

    Will definitely make these this weekend for my granddaughters graduation party (kindergarten)…sounds and looks delish and oh so easy… thanks, diane

  13. Jenny 06.19.2012

    These are so cute! I can’t wait to make them! LOL. I bet that when you finally get pregnant, you will insist on going to Babies r us ALL the time!

  14. Lori 06.19.2012

    Looks great. I would probably use sugar cookie dough or crushed nilla wafers and butter for the crust, since I’m lazy in the baking department. BUT, I would have to make a proper butterscotch/banana pudding from scratch. My Mimaw would never forgive me if I took that short cut. You could, however, bump up the flavor of a store bought pudding by adding a little vanilla and banana extracts. I would probably add some of the extract (or a banana rum) to the whipped cream….

  15. These are so perfectly cute! Love them!

    I’m a fruit pie fan! Especially strawberry…YUM!

  16. How cute! These would be perfect for a baby/wedding shower.

  17. Eve P 06.19.2012

    Strawberry pie in summer and if I can find it Raisin Cream in the winter. I say find it because I wouldn’t dare make it because I’d be the only one to eat it in my house.

  18. Shonda 06.19.2012

    Definitely cream pie:))))))

  19. Mark 06.19.2012

    What kind of camera and lens do you use for your photography? Those pictures are wonderful! Also, how do you get such great lighting? I’m assuming it’s all daylight?

  20. ellen 06.19.2012

    I have never met a pie I didn’t like…fruity, creamy, chocolately, I love them all the same! (unless it has a tough crust, then no thanks!) In spring/summer, I love lemon meringue with a light, flaky crust!

  21. Jules 06.19.2012

    I, too find Babies R Us terrifyingly large and confusing and I feel like people stare at my belly like “is she or isn’t she?”. It makes me want to scream that I ate Chipotle, I am there to buy a gift, and WON”T SOMEBODY PLEASE POINT ME IN THE DIRECTION OF THE DAMN BOPPY’S?!

  22. So adorable! Those are too cute/awesome!

  23. Kayla 06.20.2012

    these are absolutely adorable and not to mention perfect for a summer party or baby shower :)

  24. Emily 06.20.2012

    Chocolate! Or pecan pie. I’m a sucker for that. Those banana cream pies are adorable and I can think of a million places to take them.

  25. Jen 06.20.2012

    You will LOVE Babies R Us when you are shopping for your OWN baby! wink wink

    I love these! But I don’t do banana. Our daughter’s bridal shower is in two weeks, and I just may have to find a fruity substitute! YUM!!!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.20.2012

      I know. I try and convince myself that the instant I become pregnant I will automatically know what to do with the millions of items they have in that freaking store!

  26. These are adorable! I’m planning a wedding shower for my sister in August, I think these will be making an appearance on the menu!

  27. Lauren T 06.20.2012

    Those are adorable! My favorite type of pie is apple hands down!!

  28. Kimberlee 06.20.2012

    Babies R Us is bad but I’ll agree with a commenter above Buy Buy Baby is worse. After this summers shopping fiasco I will avoid all baby stores… I’ll look at the registries and see what I can get at Target! :o)

    I’m totally making these for a party this weekend! They look fantastic!

  29. Angela 06.20.2012

    Coconut Cream Pie!! :D!

  30. These are the cutest things ever! I’m making dessert for my sister’s engagement party…too bad banana cream pies aren’t their favorite:) Do you have a chocolate cupcake recipe?

  31. Kristin from MN 06.20.2012

    Banana cream, coconut cream, rhubarb, pecan, blueberry… I can’t choose just one favorite!

  32. Alison 06.20.2012

    Coconut Meringue for sure, love it!!

  33. Liz 06.20.2012

    These look delicious! I think it will be hard to just eat one!

  34. much as i prefer disgustingly large portions of banana pudding–this is PERFECT for a party! love the idea!

  35. Danielle 06.20.2012

    I LOL’d at “offensively soft butter” and your TWSS.

  36. Danielle 06.20.2012

    Oh, and my G-ma makes a delicious pie with red raspberries, black raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.

  37. Kelly 06.20.2012

    These are adorable and look delicious! Would the bananas start to turn brown though?? Is there a way to prevent that from happening?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.20.2012

      My mini pies sat out for about an hour before they started browning, and the ones I put right in the refrigerator stayed yellow (or whatever color you call a banana!) for a day.

  38. These are so cute! I’m with you on Babies R Us, that place is enough to break me out in hives and induce a panic attack!;) haha!

  39. cute cute cute! I love these semi-homemade recipes. Take shortcuts -like the pudding- when you can and it makes such a big difference.

    totally adorable!

  40. Mandy 06.20.2012

    So cute! I’ll have to give those a shot!

    And I think I like all the pies…

  41. Why is it that miniature foods are just so much cuter than their normal-sized counterparts? These look adorable and I love that they incorporate bananas – definitely one of my favorite fiber sources.

  42. Michele 06.21.2012

    Hi,

    Super cute recipe!

    Here is a tip to help banana slices from turning brown! After slicing bananas toss them with the juice from an orange!

  43. Darling!

    Chocolate all the way! Although I do love a good key lime pie…

  44. Jan 06.21.2012

    Well aren’t those the cutest little things ever?

  45. Bree 06.21.2012

    If I hadn’t already promised Butterfinger rice krispy treats for the baby shower I’m co-hosting on Saturday I would TOTALLY switch to these! These look delicious!

    I love fruit pies. Especially strawberry rhubarb!

  46. Chuck 06.21.2012

    I love these, banana cream pie has to be my favorite then it would be a pecan pie second.

  47. LP @dishclips 06.21.2012

    I love miniature versions of things and these look cute and yummy!

  48. Riley 06.21.2012

    These are so little and cute. Perfect for a party and it looks like they’re worth the extra effort!

  49. Jane 06.22.2012

    It seems like long ago I remember seeing posts from you where you made tons of cookies, for people. So see, you do make stuff! :)

    Plus when you go to family gatherings, you make stuff for those too!!

  50. Kat 06.24.2012

    Adorable!
    Can these be made ahead of time and frozen (without the whipped cream?).

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.25.2012

      Hey Kat! I’m not sure, as I didn’t try, but I’m thinking the shortbread pie shell could definitely be made ahead of time and frozen.

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