Friday, February 3, 2012

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I see bananas going bad in my pantry, my first thought is always "Man, I hate wasting food."  Then I always remember those bananas are most definitely not going to waste.  In fact, they are destined for something even better like banana bread, banana muffins, or banana cupcakes.  But this time I didn't want any of those things.  I was really, really in the mood for banana cookies.  I thought.  I mean, I couldn't really recall ever having banana cookies, but they sounded good.  (No mom, I'm not pregnant.  A banana cookie craving is not a sign of pregnancy.  Sorry.)

I did some searching and found a lot of banana cookie recipes that looked okay but would yield a very cakey cookie.  I know this is normal for lots of cookies made with fruit purees, but it wasn't what I was after.  I continued searching and found this recipe on Recipe Girl.  Lori noted that these cookies would still be a bit cakey, but much more like a cookie than any other banana cookie recipe she'd ever tried.  She also said the banana flavor was there but prevalent.  I really wanted a very banana-y flavor, so I decided I'd go just a touch over the 1/2 cup called for.  They looked delicious, so I decided to go for it.  Boy oh boy am I glad.  These little babies hit the spot.  You know, mom, that non-pregnant one in my belly.  Yep, that spot.  :-)

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Recipe Girl
originally from Martha Stewart Cookies

10 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 c. granulated white sugar
1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 c. mashed banana (from 2 very ripe medium bananas)
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. old fashioned rolled oats
8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mat or parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray.

2.  In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric hand mixer; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add egg and vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in banana. 

3.  Meanwhile, whisk together flours, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and walnuts.

4. Using a cookie scoop or heaping tablespoonsful, drop cookies onto prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart.  Bake until golden brown and just set, 12 to 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely.  Cookies will keep in an airtight container up to two days or in the freezer up to two months.  Makes approx. 3 1/2 dozen cookies.


That Girl said...

I've got brown bananas in the freezer just waiting for a breakfast smoothie this morning. But now I'm wondering if I have enough for cookies too.

Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie said...

Yum! These banana cookies look really good! I can only handle so much banana bread/muffins and I love the cookie idea :) These will probably be coming out of my kitchen sometime in the near future!

All Things Yummy said...

I've got a whole bunch of bananas going bad on my counter. We just never got around to eating them last week. I made banana bread this morning and then I'll probably freeze the rest for smoothies.

ErinsFoodFiles said...

These were one of the first recipes I made from that Martha cookbook. SO GOOD! PS. I have that plate too!

Cala_Lily said...

Just made these last night and they were de-lish! I used pecans instead of the walnuts. So good! thanks for that! :)

Vivien said...

hi,how much in cup or weight is 10TBSP of butter?