Friday, September 19, 2008

Banana Cookies

I always have bananas around, little monkey loves them! Lately I've been loving diced bananas in baked goods instead of them being mashed. So this day, I decided to make banana cookies. Simple cake-like drop cookies. This is the first recipe I came upon, a good old family recipe that was handed down to Vanilla Garlic by his Grandmother.
I added in some chocolate chips with the diced bananas, and a few shakes of Allspice. Now I have this recipe to add to my collection.

Family update...they loved them so much, there might not even be a handful left as I type! Yes, I even saw my Husband grab some, so I know they were good! These did turn really moist, cake like and sticky after day 1, so be careful if you're putting them in a cookie jar, they'll stick! I lay mine in a 9x13 plastic container with parchment paper between the layers.

Banana Cookies Recipe
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, room
1 cup of sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 cup of mashed
bananas (about 2 ½ large bananas) *I used 3 bananas
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 cups of
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of
ground mace or nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
1 cup of pecans
(walnuts and chocolate chips are fine alternatives)

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
2 In a bowl, mix the mashed bananas and baking soda. Let sit for 2 minutes. The baking soda will react with the acid in the bananas which in turn will give the cookies their lift and rise.
3 Mix the banana mixture into the butter mixture. Mix
together the flour, salt, and spices and sift into the butter and banana mixture and mix until just combined.
4 Fold into the batter the pecans or chocolate
chips if using. Drop in dollops onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until nicely golden brown. Let cool on wire racks.

Makes about 30 cookies.

the best chocolate chips!

hello. they looked so pretty there, i had to take a picture.

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6 Lovely Comments:

HayleyB said...

These look really tasty! I'm going to have to try them!

I'm fairly new to your blog and am enjoying the cooking inspiration you provide!

Carrot Jello said...

First the apricots, then the bananas.
*pounds fists*
chocolate and fruit are enemies I tell you! ENEMIES!

Rachelle said...

LOL! Sorry.
Next time I blog about chocolate + fruit in a recipe, just close your eyes and come back the next time. :)

Do you not like chocolate and strawberries either? :(

'Blick TX' said...

Your recipes always pique my interest, but I loved the reflection of the cook in the oven photo. Thank you for sharing that which you find.

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