Tuesday, November 18, 2008

banana cookies.

Here we go again- yet another week where I bought more bananas than I could possibly digest. For a long while, I never seemed to be buying enough of them; now I always seem to have piles turning a nasty shade of brown up in my hanging fruit basket. So yet again, I am left with the choice to either throw them out or bake something with them- of course, I chose the latter.

I don't know why, but there is something that just sounds so nice about banana cookies. I picture them being gobbled up by kids on picnics to the park or written about in old children's books. Perhaps I am just silly like that.

Anyways, these cookies are quite delicious. They remind me a lot of banana nut muffin tops, only a bit chewier and less crumbly. They have a rich natural banana flavor and cake-like texture- Believe me, I think you're going to like 'em.

Banana Cookies: recipe from Simply Recipes


1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup of sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 cup of mashed bananas (about 2 1/2 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 degrees 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. 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.

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.

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.


VeggieGirl said...


the projectivist said...

they do look nice.
but dammit - i've only got one banana sitting in the fruit bowl!

i bet those cookies lasted 2 seconds in that string, before being gobbled up by small children on their way to the park.

Maya said...

delectable! yumyum! bananas are the best!

Maria said...

I always have too many brown bananas, thanks for the cookie recipe! Sometimes the bread thing gets old:)

cindy* said...

these sound delightful. now i will be thinking of them all day...

shayna said...

great idea, thanks.
but fyi, i throw my old bananas in the freezer for future baking and smoothies...

MamaFeelgood said...

I made these today and they were a huge hit with my 2 yr old

jessibeaucoup said...

Another super great recipe! I just ate a warm one nearly straight from the oven - yummo! I added walnuts to these and the loaf of your vegan banana bread that I made todya. Thanks for all the great recipes and ideas.

Sarah Gail said...

I made these tonight and they were so good! I posted about how much I love them on my blog!! :) Thanks for the great recipe.

maddie said...

I'm soooo excited to make these! Thanks for the recipes (i've used several before that you posted and they're always delicious!)

Bryn said...

I made these cookies yesterday, but with sucanat, gluten free flour, semi-sweet chocolate chips & coconut oil instead of butter. I didn't even have nutmeg or cloves, but with all the subsitutions and subtractions they still are tasty! I've never baked with gluten free flour, but I imagine that's why my cookies were rather crumbley. Thanks for the recipe!

ahalya said...

I made these yesterday and they are awe-inspiring. They were so good I burped afterward and the burp tasted good. TMI? :P