Sunday, January 18

Wondering How to Use Up Those Ripe Bananas? Make Banana Cookies.

banana cookies jar

OK, no post-Kenysian economics today. I have come to terms with the fact that I'll have to take out a second mortgage on the condo to pay for maple syrup. But some things in life are worth it; and maple syrup is one of them.

So today, it's all about the bananas. And cookies. Banana cookies, that is. Yes, there really is such a thing. Though there are scores of banana cookie recipes online I decided to concoct my own. Maybe it's beginner's luck, but these banana cookies were really good.

ripe bananas

Truthfully, I think "cookie," isn't quite the right word to describe these sweets. With their enticing, spicy aroma, and soft, cakey texture, they're more like mini banana cakes or even banana muffin tops. That doesn't, however, make them any less comforting or delicious.

Enjoy them with your morning cup 'a joe or with a late afternoon tea. Apparently they're a great midnight snack with a glass of milk, as I learned by the trail of crumbs that led from the cookie jar to the adjacent counter early one morning. When I asked Jeff if he had eaten a banana cookie during the night, his eyes bugged a bit, and he said, "A cookie? Noooo." Let's just say it's a good thing he doesn't like to play poker.

banana cookies out of jar

Comforting Banana, Oatmeal, and Raisin Cookies
Whether you enjoy them on their own, with a mug of hot coffee, or with a glass of cold milk, these cakey, spiced bananas cookies will make you feel all warm inside.

Makes 26 cookies
Print recipe only here.

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2 large)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup lightly toasted old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup lightly toasted pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup dark raisins

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar; beat in the egg, vanilla, and bananas. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg; add to the banana mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in the oats, pecans, and raisins.

Drop 2 tablespoons of cookie dough 2 inches apart (as they will spread) on the parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes, or until firm and golden brown. Transfer to a rack and cool for 15 minutes.

To store cookies, layer between pieces of waxed paper (to prevent sticking) and place in an air-tight container for up to several days.

*If desired, you can substitute half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour; I have tried and enjoyed both.

You might also like:

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cranberries, Raisins, and Pecans

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti

Other delicious banana cookies you might like:
Alanna's Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Garrett's Banana Cookies at Elise's Simply Recipes
Karina's Gluten Free Banana Cookies
Mandy's Banana Chocolate Cookies
Tarah's Banana Oatmeal Cookies

This is the second banana recipe in a 4-part series. First there were:

Mini Banana Bundt Cakes with Sticky Maple Syrup Glaze

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Jaime said...

these are like muffin tops? yum. what a great way to use up bananas

Heather said...

mmmm. those do sound really, really comforting! and a great alternative to the regular old banana bread!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

How did you know I have bananas going brown on my counter? These look like a perfect way to use them up.

gaga said...

I make banana cookies when I have overripe bananas too! I've done peanut butter banana cookies and banana chocolate chip. I'll have to try this one next time!

Ivy said...

That's a nice way to use ripe bananas. They sound really good.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great idea! I love cakey cookies! I bet these are delightful!



Rita said...

Susan, I think Jef was probably telling the truth, since you asked him if he had A cookie... A few would be more fitting, no? I am sure my husband would like this one too, anything with bananas...

Julie said...

I love finding new ways to use up bananas! I usually make banana oat bran muffins, but I might have to try these next time. Thanks!

Snooky doodle said...

nice cookies. quite a nice variation to the usual chocolate chip cookies. i bet these are delicious

The Italian Dish said...

With the ingredients in these cookies, I think I'm justified in eating them for breakfast! I love bananas and raisins in my oatmeal. These sound terrific.

Engineer Baker said...

I think I'm just going to call them muffin tops. Because then I can eat them for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, and as a "virtuous" dessert. Yup, that's my plan.

Manggy said...

Oh, Jeff. Hee hee. Well, I don't blame him :) Argh, I had a full bag of frozen overripe bananas back at home!!

Helene said...

I live with a banana lover freako so I know I'll be making these very soon! Wonderful way to use them! I used to think of them as the bastard child of the kitchen until I was faced with a case of them and quickly discovered the advantages of their creamy consistency!

Finla said...

I have never had cookies with bananas, these looks yumm.
Next time when i have over riped bananas i should make them.

Culinary Wannabe said...

Banana muffin tops sounds like the BEST breakfast to me right now! For once I'm actually sad that I only have one ripe banana instead of 2. It's going straight to the freezer so that I can make these soon!!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

The little frozen banana torpedoes from the freezer dropped on my toes last night. I think they were trying to tell me something:D

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I've seen lots of baked food with bananas in them , but bananas in cookies are a first for me.
he wheat flour addition would make it even better, I think.

Dewi said...

Sounds fantastic Susan. Banana is such a humble fruit, yet it can be so delicious when you use it for cake or (now) cookie.

Karen said...

I like the idea of using some toasted oats in this recipe. My hubby would love these and there just happen to be two over-ripe bananas in the freezer! :)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I like the sound of mini banana muffin tops! And yes please I'll have mine with coffee!

Anonymous said...

Cakey cookies are good things. Sometimes all that chewiness is just perfect so all you need is one to satisfy the craving. Sometimes three. :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...


heather-Thanks. I'm glad to hear it.

lynn-I had a hunch. ;)

gaga-I'm doing pb next time!


rosa-Thank you, my dear!

rita-Hah! You're so right. ;)

julie-I love new banana recipes too.


italiandish-They are breakfast material!

engineer baker-"Virtuous" indeed. Now, that's my plan too. ;)

mark-Baking cookies tonight then?

helen-I love to bake with them too.

happycook-Try 'em, you'll like 'em.

ashley-That's funny. :)

val-Ouch! ;)

aparna-They're great with wheat flour too.

elra-It's so versatile, isn't it?

karen-I just love the flavor and texture of toasted oats.

tanna-Me too!

duodishes-It's usually 2 for me. :)

K Allrich said...

Banana brilliant. Toasted oats next time it will be. And I couldn't agree more regarding the worth of pure maple syrup. Like good virgin olive oil, it's worth its weight in gold. (Thanks so much for including my gluten-free cookies!)

Anonymous said...

Oh you really are the Cookie Queen...need a cookie recipe? Search Food Blogga first! (I tell all my clients!) I just happen to have some ripening bananas looking for a place to mash...

Darius T. Williams said...

Such a great way to use bananas - clever!

Vijitha said...

Perfect looking cookies! gr8 job.

Elle said...

Anything with oatmeal is great...add banana and it's even better.

Shaheen said...

I love a slice of banana bread. Never thought of making a banana cookie. Thanks for the idea!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

a great idea! instead of cake and smooties - how i often use my ripe bananas - cookies are a great alternative!

The Food Hunter said...

What a great way to use up bananas. They look yummy!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

I also made banana cookies this week. Next time I'll try your recipe. Looks good.

Nic said...

I must remember these, I just threw away 2 bananas!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I have never heard of banana cookies before. I think they sound great. I did laugh when the cookie culprit was apprehended :)

Chris said...

Can you guess who just happens to have two large, overripe bananas and a surplus of raisins in my cupboard? :) Plus, I need gifts for some of my foodie friends... Do you have ESP?!

Cakespy said...

Banana cookies are the BEST!! I made some kind of on a whim by dropping a banana into some shortbread cookie batter, and it was so delicious! They got better the next day too. These look fantastic.

Shreya said...

brilliant use of bananas..they look so good!

Laurie said...

These look yummy.. and I can even imagine a drizzle of maple syrup in there with those wonderful spices! :)

Deborah said...

I just made banana cookies last week, but this makes me want to make more!

Unknown said...

I like the sound of using bananas in cookies and these cookies look good!

Unknown said...

I always end up making banana cakes, but banana cookie never came to my mind! Fantastic recipe and images.

Unknown said...

I have to say, these are quite delightful. I did have to lower the temp to 325 using dark pans and then I drizzled them with chocolate once cooled. Winner!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

maureen-Ooh, sounds wonderful! Thanks for letting me know.