Caramel Banana Cream Pie Cookies are a scrumptious mini cookie cup filled with a smooth banana flavored pudding on top of a sweet caramel base. Every bite of this delicious banana pudding cookie is a combination of sweet flavors, and rich taste, this crunchy and creamy textures pair so well together.
Making these mini banana cream pie cookies is as easy as you would have hoped, the basic ingredient list to the simple steps to follow, this recipe can be made with very little effort. This caramel cookie will easily become an instant favorite for both you and your family because they are just so delicious and versatile!
What are Cookie Cups?
This fantastic treat is a cookie that is baked into a muffin pan, or mini muffin pan, before having the center pushed down to create a cookie-shaped bowl. Then they are then filled with various delightful ingredients to create a pie-like cookie experience.
In our case, we are using a sugar cookie base and giving them a caramel banana cream pie filling, the results are simply amazing! This recipe for cookie cups can be filled with just about anything including fresh fruits, pie filling, or a chocolate mixture too. You can have fun creating new ways to fill your cookie cup, bring the whole family in on the excitement and make it a family affair!
Banana Caramel Cookie Cups Ingredients
For the Cookie cups, you will need:
-Sugar: Use 1 cup of granulated sugar to help these cookies become chewy and sweet.
-Butter: You will need 1 stick (½ cup) of softened butter to make the cookie dough rich in taste.
-Egg: Using 1 egg will help the dough to bind together well and create wonderful texture.
-Vanilla: Add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to enhance the flavors in the cookies.
-Sour cream: By adding in ⅓ cup of sour cream we can give the cookies some much-needed fats to keep the cookies nice and moist.
-Salt: Add in ½ teaspoon of salt to help strengthen the dough for a nice chewy consistency.
-Baking soda: Use ½ teaspoon of baking soda to get the cookies to puff up nicely as they bake.
-Flour: You will need 2 cups of all-purpose flour to use as the base of this cookie dough recipe.
For the Banana Cream Pie filling, you will need:
-Banana pudding: Use 1 small 3.4-ounce box of banana cream instant pudding for the perfect filling flavor and texture.
-Milk: To help dissolve the pudding mix you will need ½ cup of milk.
-Whipped topping: Use 1 8-ounce tub of thawed whipped topping to make the filling fluffy and lighter.
-Caramel syrup: You will need about ⅓ cup of caramel syrup to use in the filling. You can also use our EASY HOMEMADE CARAMEL SAUCE recipe if you want to make it from scratch.
-Fresh bananas: You will want about 1 or 2 sliced bananas to use as a garnish for these cookies.
How to Make Caramel banana cream pie cookie
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Grease the inside of a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray, then set aside.
Making the cookie dough
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar using a handheld mixer. If you do not have an electric mixer just use a spoon and some elbow grease to cream the ingredients together well.
Next, stir in the egg and vanilla extract to fully combine.
Then, add in the sour cream, salt, and baking soda until evenly distributed.
After that, mix in the flour until all the flour is combined and the mixture is nice and smooth.
Scoop the dough in 1 tablespoon-sized portion into the prepared muffin pan. I like to use a small cookie scoop to make this process easier.
Proceed to place in the oven and bake for 17-18 minutes.
Turn the oven off after 17-18 minutes and let the cookies rest for 1-2 minutes before removing from the oven.
Prepare cookie cups
Then, spray cooking spray onto the backside of a teaspoon measuring spoon and immediately press it down into the center of each cookie cup to create a well in the center of each. This is creating the cookie cup that you are going to fill with yummy creamy filling.
You want to allow the cookies to cool completely before adding the filling, give it 20-30 minutes or so. If you are in a rush you can pop the tray of cookie cups into the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.
Make filling & prep for assembly
In a medium size bowl, start by whisking together the dry pudding mix and the milk.
Then, gently stir in the whipped topping until fully combined.
After that is complete, transfer the filling mixture to a ziplocked bag or pastry bag and set it in the fridge until needed and the cookie cups have cooled.
Pull out your caramel sauce and let it come to room temperature while the cookies cool as well.
Also, take this time to slice your fresh bananas for the cookie garnish.
Assemble the cookie cups
Remove the cookies from the muffin tin. I like to run a knife along the outside of the cookies to help them pop out. If a cookie breaks, set it aside and we will crumble it for a topping garnish later.
Then, spoon one teaspoon of caramel sauce into each cookie cup.
Next, pipe the whipped pudding mixture on top of the caramel just enough to fill the cookie cup.
Now, add a slice of banana on top for a tasty garnish.
If you have some broken cookie cups, crumble and sprinkle the crumbs over the tops of the finished cookies.
Keep the cookies in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!
Can I make banana cookie cups in advance?
These cookies can be made up to 8-12 hours in advance, I don’t recommend assembling them any sooner than that. If you want them made further in advance make the cookies and the filling and keep them separate until closer to serving time. This will help to keep the cookies from becoming soggy.
How long are caramel banana pie cups good for?
These cookies will last up to 3 days when kept stored in an airtight container in the fridge but they will become much softer to even soggy if kept assembled for more than 12 hours. I recommend eating them within a day or two for the best tasting results.
Can I freeze banana cream pie cookies?
Yes, you can freeze these cookies if stored in an airtight container and they will last 2-3 months. It is recommended that you do NOT add the pie filling before freezing, just the cookie cups. When you are ready to enjoy the cookies, make a fresh batch of banana cream filling and once the cookies have come to room temperature assemble them as directed.
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After you enjoy these Caramel Banana Cookie Cups try some of these other amazing cookie cup recipes:
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This caramel banana cream pie cookie cups recipe is made with a fluffy banana filling, caramel syrup, and a homemade sugar cookie crust these are bite-sized pieces of heaven!