November 3, 2010

Chunky Monkey Cookies

Cookies!  Is there anything better than a warm, chewy round disk of goodness bursting with chocolate chunks and nuts?  Yes, if the answer includes bananas!  These cookies are so hearty, yet delectable, that you could eat them for breakfast without feeling guilty.  I did!  Though, truthfully, I could probably eat cookies for any meal.  I’m guessing that you’re the same way, too.

I was inspired to throw bananas into cookie batter while staring at a rather sad looking bunch that had long since passed their prime.  Sure, I could freeze ‘em to make a smoothie.  Or maybe throw together a quick banana bread.  Fine options, but really quite boring.  Ta-daaaa… banana cookies, or more appropriately, really chunky banana cookies.  The monkeys at the zoo would go nuts for these babies.  I know you will too!  Slightly sweet, equally savory, hearty and comforting… bananas have a new best friend.

Chunky Monkey Cookies

¼ cup butter, softened
1 banana, mashed
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp baking soda
¾ cups flour
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup walnuts, chopped (or your favorite nut)
1 cup chocolate chunks (or chips, if you don’t have chunks)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a small bowl combine the baking soda, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl beat the butter and banana until thoroughly combined.  Add the egg and beat again.  Next, add the sugars and vanilla and mix until incorporated.

Add the flour mixture and stir just until combined.  Add the oats, nuts and chocolate chunks and mix well.  Drop by rounded tablespoons (or use a small ice cream scoop) onto the lined baking sheet.  You should get about 18 cookies (not all on one baking sheet, of course), depending on size.  Bake for 12 minutes or until moderately browned.  Go bananas!

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