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Banana Cookies

Whenever I have ripe bananas, I almost always make Banana Chocolate Nut Muffins (from mellybrelly!) but when this batch of bananas were ripening, I had made a bunch of muffins recently so I wanted to make something different. Saw this recipe for banana cookies and decided to give it a try. Simple and pretty good. But I have to admit, my heart was more into the muffins than the cookies. Luckily my roommate liked them and ate a bunch of them.

bananas go into banana cookies

Banana Cookies

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 30 cookies.

3 photos showing the mixture becoming cookie dough

photo of dough waiting to be baked into cookies
Ready to go in the oven and become cookies

bigger photo of the finished banana cookies
Finished Banana Cookies

Recipe from Simply Recipes

thread at bakebakebake

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Mmm. Those look really good. :)

Given that bananas last about 5 minutes in New Orleans' summer heat, I'll have to give these a try.

*grin* if I make them again...


Those cookies sound pretty good too!

They're pretty good but your muffins hold a very special place in my heart :)

when i think of bananas i think of banana loaves or muffins. but these banana cookies intrigue me! i take it their crunchy eh, since they're cookies?

yeah...I was intrigued by having banana cookies too. They weren't that crunchy actually. On the softer end of the cookie scale.

Yum, those look so good. I'll have to try making them, since I have a couple of very ripe bananas that are sitting on my table begging me to do something with them. I'll have one and then give the rest away to my coworkers, since cookies are on the list of 'foods that one absolutely must not eat after 3pm for losing weight and maintaining stable blood sugar.' Plus, I'm keeping a food journal that my nutritionist reviews and eating more than one of these may result in a shouting match (just kidding).

I still favor the muffin recipe over the cookies even though it was neat to try the banana cookies. But I imagine muffins aren't any healthier than cookies. (then again, that muffin recipe had less butter and sugar than this cookie recipe I think).

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ooh. Unusual mix of flavors but...bacon makes everything better, yeah? Bacon banana cookies with a maple icing glaze. Maybe that's too much.

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I'm glad. Let me know how it turns out for you!

oh i have a whole bunch of overripe bananas in the freezer and didn't feel like making yet another banana bread. i definitely have to try this!

I hope you like them...and as always, I'll want to hear back. And um...if you could send me one of those cupcakes in your icon, that would be good too :)

Mmm.. banana and chocolate cookies. I think I will create a memories section just for recipes now.

cool. I have a bunch of places where I keep recipes that I've been meaning to try :)

Those banana cookies look absolutely delicious. I'm gonna have to try some!

Do let me know what you think if you try them out :)

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