Monday, July 5, 2010

Banana Bread Cookies!

Freaking amazing!!! you will not be able to stop eating them.. well at least I can't!

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp coarse salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c packed light brown sugar
1 lg egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2c mashed ripe banana (about 1 lg)
1 c old fashioned rolled oats
1 c chopped walnuts (toasted)

1. Preheat oven to 375. Whisk together flours, salt and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside. Put butter and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add egg and vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in banana. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in oats and walnuts.
2. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined pans, spacing 1-1/2 inches apart. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown and just set, 12-13min. let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 min. Transfer cookies to wire racks. let cool completely.

**when 1 1/2 sheets were filled  I added about 1/4c of toffee bits to the remaining batter and backed as directed. I would say you could easily add about 8 oz chocolate chips, or maybe some coconut and do macadamia nuts instead of walnuts. Anything you would do to banana bread I would adjust flavors here. They are very tender and light, and that one ripe banana adds amazing flavor!**

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