I love bananas. I have one everyday, usually with my morning oatmeal. I wanted to find a cookie that had banana in it, but I didn't want just the usual soft, cakey banana cookie. I found these cookies, to which I adapted the recipe from in Rosie's Bakery Chocolate-Packed Jam Filled Butter-Rich No-Holds-Barred Cookie Book, by Judy Rosenberg. She gives the cookies a little tribute to Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey Ice Cream and tells how that is the reason for these cookies. I changed a few things, so here is the recipe as I made it. I wanted something peanut buttery, chocolatey and banana-ish.
Chunky Monkey Cookies (Rosie's Bakery Cookies are called Banana-Nut Chocolate Chunks, pg. 49)
1 1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2 oz. Smucker's All Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons brown sugar, lightly packed
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon milk
1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped
2 small bananas, chopped into small chunks
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
In medium sized bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and whisk together. Set aside.
Cream together butter, peanut butter and both sugars until light and fluffy in mixer bowl. Scrape sides of bowl. Add vanilla, eggs and milk and mix well. Add dry ingredients, including the oats and mix just until combined. Stir in by hand the chocolate chips, walnuts, and banana chunks by carefully folding with a spatula until combined.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 8-9 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Makes 45 cookies (about 5/8 oz. each)
The peanut butter flavor wasn't as strong as I'd wanted, and I'm planning to play around with the recipe, but these ARE good, especially if you like bananas, nuts and chocolate! It is suggested that these cookies don't store well, so eat them all that day! Ha. Go bananas with cookies!