Chocolate Walnut Banana Cookies

26 Jul

Over the weekend I tried a new recipe, chocolate-walnut banana cookies. I had some bananas that were going to go to waste if I didn’t use them. I didn’t feel like making banana bread and I had already made banana pancakes for breakfast, so I made banana cookies. I found the recipe on SimplyRecipes.com – a great site for well thought out and tested recipes.

The banana cookie recipe was perfect, not to mention hassle free! The cookies turned out wonderful – almost like little muffin tops. They were so moist that they taste more like muffins or bread than they do a cookie. I added more cinnamon than the recipe calls for and didn’t have ground cloves (nor do I really like them) so I omitted those from the recipe and used 1 tablespoon of brown sugar instead. Also, the recipe says you can use chocolate chips OR walnuts…I used both 🙂

Overall, this recipe is perfect for using up some extra banana’s and its  much easier than banana bread. From start to finish, this recipe took me 30 minutes – which isn’t bad considering 12 of those minutes were used to bake the cookies.

Banana Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup of mashed bananas (about 2 ½ large bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 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)

Method

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 35 cookies.

Here are some other fun “add-ins” for any banana cookie:

  • Peanut Butter Cup chunks
  • Raisins
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Candied walnuts or pecans
  • Caramel chips

That’s all for now. Til next time, stay sweet! xoxo

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One Response to “Chocolate Walnut Banana Cookies”

  1. katiescupcakekitchen July 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Thanks for the link to ‘Simply Recipes’, it was new to me. I love the idea to make Banana Cookies-another thing I’ve never heard of!

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