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
- 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)
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
- Peanut Butter Chips
- Dark Chocolate Chips
- Candied walnuts or pecans
- Caramel chips
That’s all for now. Til next time, stay sweet! xoxo