Sunday, June 22, 2008

Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies

Bananas are a favorite fruit in our house, and we are not alone! Over 96% of American households purchase bananas at least once each month. I actually prefer to eat a green banana because I like the firm texture and tart taste. Unfortunately because we live in a region with very high humidity, our bananas ripen very quickly. As a banana ripens the starch in the fruit turns to sugar. Therefore, the riper the banana the sweeter it will taste. My favorite solution to utilizing these sweet, mushy bananas is to make bread. However, tonight I thought I would try something new--to make cookies. I hope that you enjoy them as much as we did!

YIELDS 2.5 dozen

Ingredients:
  • .5 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • .5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • .5 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • .5 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cookware/Utensils:

  • small bowl
  • medium bowl
  • measuring cups
  • electric mixer
  • medium spoon
  • 2 baking sheets
  • spatula
  • wax paper
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small bowl mash the banana with a spoon. Add the baking soda to the bowl and stir to combine the two ingredients. Set aside. In a medium size bowl mix the butter, sugar and egg on a low speed until creamed. Add the banana mixture into the butter mixture and stir rapidly for one minute. Add flour, cinnamon and nutmeg to the bowl and mix on a medium speed until the dry ingredients and wet ingredients create a batter. Fold in chocolate chips. Using the spoon, drop small mounds of batter onto onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Place baking sheet into the oven for 8-10 minutes until the edges turn a golden brown. Let cookies cool on wax paper.

1 comment:

Cookin' Mama said...

These look GREAT! We love chocolate chip cookies and we love bananas... gonna have to give 'em a try. Thanks for sharing :)