Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Banana-Peanut Butter Cookies

I found this recipe on a bag of bananas and was intrigued... I've tried banana cookies before and they were always just kind of bland. These were a pleasant surprise - they really do taste like those sandwiches you ate as a kid ;) And they're even better if you add a few milk chocolate chips.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup mashed banana
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening or margarine
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375. Spray baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray or use silicone mat. Combine flour and baking soda in a small bowl. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together banana, brown sugar, shortening, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture until a dough forms. Use a small cookie scoop to place dough on cookie sheets and flatten slightly using a fork or glass (greased and floured). Bake for about 10 minutes and remove to wire rack to cool completely.

*Note: These cookies are similar to pumpkin cookies in that they taste better when they are completely cool - the flavors are somewhat subtle and become stronger as the cookie cools.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Peanut Butter Pancakes

A lot of pancake recipes claim to cook up light and fluffy... only to fall far short of the mark. This is the first recipe I've found that actually lives up to expectations. And, as an added bonus, they taste marvelous! We're fans of peanut butter on pancakes around here - but that can get kind of messy with the kids, so these were a fabulous find... all the peanut butter taste without the mess! Try them. Tonight.