1.10.2012

Tried & True Tuesday: Banana Cookies with Peanut Butter Frosting

.  All right.  Busy week at work, so all-time shortest post right here.  Let's go.

I told you I was going banana crazy since, for me, I'm kind of in baking limbo [i.e., between seasons].  But I'm really excited to share this recipe with you because 1) these cookies are beyond fantastic and 2) this is one of the very first cookies I ever made when the baking craze hit me.  And to prove it, I have no picture.  At the time, taking a picture of the cookies [I was about to devour] never crossed my mind, so I'm having to rely on Pillsbury's [beautiful] picture of these Banana Cookies.  Maybe I should do this more often since my own photography seems to be lacking.  Hmm...nah ☺

Anywho, back to these small pieces of banana heaven.  The cookies themselves are super soft and tender, almost fall apart cookies.  And though they could end right there, they don't.  These 'naner cookies are topped with a healthy spread of peanut butter frosting and sprinkled with a few chocolate chips [for good measure and because the peanut butter-banana-chocolate combo is a no brainer].  Mm.  Mm.  Mm.  I vividly remember making these cookies, and wondering how such an easy-to-make recipe could produce such a memorable cookie.  And memorable they are, as I sit here 2+ years later blogging about them  .


Picture and Recipe from Pillsbury

Ingredients:
Banana Cookies:
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. (about 2 medium) mashed bananas
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3/4 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Peanut Butter Frosting:
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. butter
1 c. powdered sugar
1 to 2 tbsp. milk
Semisweet Chocolate Chips (for sprinkling)

Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Beat brown sugar, sugar and butter in large bowl until creamy; add bananas, egg and vanilla extract.  Beat until well mixed.  Set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.  Add to banana mixture and mix until soft dough forms.  Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.  Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on wire racks.
  4. For frosting, beat peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar until well mixed.  Add milk until frosting is desired spreading consistency.  Spread about 1 tablespoon onto tops of cookies.  Decorate with chocolate chips.
Yield: 30 cookies

9 comments:

  1. I must try these-I love anything banana

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  2. Ok Jess. You've won me now! We've had a huge shortage of bananas here in Australia due to a hurricane wiping out the country's entire banana crops last January so supermarkets have been charging up to $15 per kilo for bananas! Can you believe it? Now they are back to their normal price and I have bananas and I will be making these for sure! Thank you! (I'd love for you to come back to my 2nd "Thriving on Thursdays" linky party and link this recipe.

    Anne xx

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  4. Yum, banana cookies and peanut butter frosting? Awesome! I bet these taste great. Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

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  5. Jess, just wanted to thank you again for linking up at my Thriving on Thursdays Linky Party last week. I'm definitely making these cookies tomorrow. Party starts tomorrow (Thursday Australian time). Would love to see what you've been cooking up this week.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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  6. man these sound good, I will hav eto try them for sure!

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  7. These look so delicious and sound yummy!! Will definitely be trying them! Thank you so much for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back to share more ideas with us next Saturday. -The Sisters

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  8. I just made these today! So yummy! I added 1/2 tsp each of cinnamom and nutmeg to the flour mixture, and I loved the extra hint of spice.
    Thank You!

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