MMMMMM. What is better than warm banana bread straight out of the oven?
I’ll tell you… banana cookies, with both chocolate chips (two kinds) and peanut butter.
So I had three bananas that were incredibly overripe, and instead of throwing them out I decided last night to crank out a couple batches of cookies. See my partner is a huge Blue Bomber fan, and I had made a ton of testosterone-infused sandwiches (which means lots of different kinds of high sodium deli meat) for him to take on this “party bus” to Regina for the Labour Day weekend game. So I thought, being the loving gf I am, that I would make a huge batch of cookies for him to take along.
I took the initial recipe off of here http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/04/peanut-butter-banana-chocolate-chip-cookies/ but made a few changes.
This is a recipe for a single batch but I did a double batch last night.
Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes about 18-20 cookies
2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons of unsalted butter
6 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 ripe medium bananas, mashed *The riper the better!
I put the butter and peanut butter in on the stovetop on low and mix until soft.I removed it from heat, added both sugars and stirred until mixed. I added in the eggs, bananas and vanilla. A lumpy mixture is okay, it won’t be smooth because of the bananas. Then I mixed the flour, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl and added gradually. Then I added in the chocolate chips.
Now this is my favorite part about baking cookies. I stuck my hands in the dough. The dough is quite sticky, more so than regular chocolate chips so don’t let that scare you off. I put the dough into little balls, pressed them onto the non stick cookie pan and they were ready to go in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Make sure you take them out when they are fairly soft – don’t overcook! They won’t get super hard because of all the delicious mashed up banana in them.
The first couple trays I made larger cookies, but the last 3 or so I made them more bite-size. I think I prefer the bite-size ones especially if you are making them to share.
My next batch I will try and make a healthier version – maybe agave nectar and applesauce? Maybe some oats? I just didn’t want to play around with it too much because I have never made these before.
Also, I will be giving away a whole batch of these babies on Friday, September 7th if you like and share my Facebook page. So do that!
Hope you enjoy!