Now, rainbow sprinkles don't really go with the recipe, but who am I to tell a toddler no...especially this cutie. That's why, they may have the flavor of banana cream pie, but definitely not the look. This isn't the first time I've let the influence of a toddler take over, and like my mother, I love to bake for others, no matter what their taste is. I knew I wanted to make a "refrigerator" cookie because Maddie and I could make them up in the morning and bake them off in the afternoon, after her nap. In fact, even if you can't bake them for a few days, this dough will last and even freeze for later use.
I might add that here in the Northeast, they had another 4 inches of snow yesterday, so Maddie was probably thinking rainbow (sprinkles) would be a happy thing with this weather!
Banana Cream Pie Shortbread
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 granulated sugar
1 ripe banana, smashed
2 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
In the KitchenAid, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar. Add the mashed banana and the egg.
Beat well. The batter may look a little "curdled" but don't worry that will disappear once the flour is added. Add the flour and the salt and mix to combine. I scraped the dough together and divided the batter. I laid down some wax paper and gave the sprinkles to Maddie to pour out onto it...she definitely like pouring out the sprinkles :D
I rolled the dough into a log and let Maddie roll it back and forth in the sprinkles. We rolled up the wax paper, tucked under the ends, and refrigerated them for several hours.
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees and line baking sheets with parchment or use a Silpat. Remove dough from the refrigerator and slice into 1/4-inch cookies, using a serrated knife. Bake cookies 8-10 minutes until golden brown on the edges. Let cool completely. Make up the creamy frosting while the cookies are cooling.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2-3 T heavy cream
Cream butter in the KitchenAid, using the paddle attachment. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat well. Add the heavy cream, one tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition until creamy. Frost the one side of the cookie and add a top cookie.
The subtle taste of the banana could have been boosted with banana flavoring, which I have at home, but not here. And, when I make these again, I probably will eliminate the rainbow sprinkles and roll the cookies in crushed Nilla wafers. However, these tasted great and well, Maddie was pleased to tell her Mommy and Daddy..."she made them!" Enjoy!