Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Think banana nut bread meets chocolate chip cookie.



I don't know about you, but I have a problem with buying bananas. I always buy them at the store, eat a few and then the rest end up getting thrown away. I am the only one to eat them in my house, so the pressure is on and I just never end up eating them. This time I was ready, I found this recipe in my Mrs. Fields Cookie Book, edited it just a bit and used up those ripened bananas.


Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 and 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup ripe banana, mashed
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking soda, and salt, whisk to combine ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl combine sugars and mix till blended. Add in butter and beat till a grainy paste. Add in egg, vanilla, and mashed bananas, mix till blended, scraping sides as needed. Slowly add in flour mixture and beat till well blended.  Add in one cup only of chocolate chips and chopped macadamia nuts just until combined. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Repeat with remaining dough and chocolate chips. Bake for 24-28 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Remove cookies from pan and let cool completely on cooling rack. Makes 4-5 dozen.

I found these cookies to serve best straight from the fridge. Weird I know, just try it, I promise. The banana is such a refreshing surprise, its almost like those frozen chocolate dipped bananas you get at the theme parks!

Happy Baking!

33 comments:

  1. These sound so good! Fantastic combination!

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  2. Your photos are gorgeous, love the blue ribbon. What a great way to use up those bananas. I always just turn my extras into banana bread, will have to try your cookies next time.

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  3. I made banana bread a week ago and it tasted best out of the fridge. Maybe it's a banana thing. :D

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  4. Aha...something else to do with those gnarly over-ripe bananas!! Love this idea...and I'll bet they're really tasty!

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  5. I bet these are super moist! My son would devour all of them. Actually, so would I!

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  6. Perfect cookies- chomp chomp- I can eat em all in one go!

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  7. Oh my, that sounds so good! I don't think these cookies would last long here :o) Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Since I never get tired of banana bread, this recipe for cookies with bananas AND chocolate just went to the top of my "What do I do with these bananas?" list. Thanks for the great idea!

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  9. I love it when people mix recipes like this! For some reason it never occurs to me, so thanks for the inspiration. They look (and sound) great!

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  10. These sound wonderful! A match made in heaven bananas and chocolate, and with the macadamias, even better :)!

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  11. What an excellent idea! We always have one or two overripe banana's, this is perfect for that!

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  12. Look delicious and very pretty with blue ribbons.

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  13. Your photography is so clean and pretty. Love the recipe too!

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  14. Oh boy, this is truly fattening! The other day, you're having heavy chocolate cream cake and today more chocolate chips cookies. This is just so seducing. Thanks! An extra 30 mins workout tomorrow! *sigh*
    Hope you're having a great day.
    Kristy

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  15. Lovely clicks, Debbie. The cookies look cute and crispy.

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  16. What a pretty bunch of cookies all wrapped up in a bow! I don't think I've ever had a banana cookie before, but I love the combination of banana and chocolate and would love to try these! Thanks for sharing, Debbie!

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  17. this looks so yummy! and very pretty. thanks for sharing this.

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  18. I have ripe bananas but no oven - ahhh cruel fate! I'm going to make these cookies anyway and freeze them for baking when my oven (Finally) arrives. I'll report back.

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  19. Banana! That looks even better than a normal chocolate chip.

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  20. Mmmm, I love banana but have never made banana cookies! I'm definitely going to give these a try :)!!!

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  21. Will make these for sure. Great combo...what do you think of using hazelnuts?

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  22. I have the same banana problem. I sometimes freeze them, but then I just end up with a freezer full of bananas. Cookies sound like the perfect way to use them up!

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  23. I love banana baked goods but somehow have not added them to cookies yet! Genius :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. Bananas almost always make their way into a baked good when I buy them. Our Arizona weather is just too warm for them to sit long on our counters. These cookies sound like a perfect end to spotty bananas.

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  25. I've tried other banana chocolate chip cookies, but never with nuts. What's the texture like?

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  26. @ A Little Yumminess: I think chopped hazelnuts would be a great substitution, like banana with nutella! Let me know how it turns out!
    @Stephanie: I think the texture depends on how fine you chop the macadamia nuts, mine were fairly chopped so it added just a slight crunch to the cookie, but you could definitely change it up!

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  27. These look amazing! Awesome photo too. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  28. Yep, I had to make these and I did and they are wonderful! I am posting my pictures and recipe tomorrow on my blog (of course with a link back to you) THANKS for the awesome recipe from Mrs. Fields!

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