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Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft banana cookies have a cakelike texture and lots of flavor that everyone seem to love. It's one of the best banana cookie recipes I've found. —Vicki Raatz, Waterloo, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, banana and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 13-16 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Tips

Can I add nuts to these cookies?

Yes, for added texture, stir ½ cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts into the batter. To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

How do you ripen a banana quickly?

When baking with bananas, use ones that are ripe (or even overripe) to yield the best flavor. If you have a day or two to spare, place bananas and an apple, avocado, peach or tomato in a brown paper bag and keep on your counter. This will trap the ethylene gas of the fruits and quicken the ripening process. To ripen bananas even faster, place them in their peels on a baking sheet and warm in a 250° oven for 15-20 minutes. Check out these other banana ripening tips.

What else can you do with ripe bananas?

Whether you like them studded with nuts, glazed on top or just chock-full of pure banana flavor, we've got plenty of recipes that use up ripe bananas. Be sure to check out these banana desserts and banana bread recipes, too.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 69 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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