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!