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.

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