Smells like a peanut butter cookie, looks like a peanut butter cookie, has a strong taste of banana. My personal preference is to stick with the peanut butter. Just good old fashion peanut butter cookies. I know and appreciate the taste. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the taste of these cookies. The banana taste is just prominent. For the Hooman Boy I made these for I will admit I may have deceived him to begin with by not mentioning they were not regular peanut butter cookies. His initial reaction to seeing the cookies was excitement with the expectation of biting in and receiving that flavorful peanut butter taste. His reaction to tasting the cookies was slightly different. Confusion and following up with questions to figure out “what the hell did you put in these cookies”? He tried apple sauce and then asked what I had done differently. Finally, he did come around to the bananas that were going super ripe on the counter. He proceeded to eat 4 more, making the argument that they had banana’s in them and that that fact made them healthy. Banana’s = Healthy, right? That’s how this works?
I’d like to first say that there are some weird recipes out there for these cookies and the one I chose to follow was the most basic and straight forward. They came out chewy and tasty. I got the recipe from Yammie’s Noshery. Definitely check out their site for more! Only thing I really differed from on their recipe as the temperature and timing of baking. Might be the oven I was using. But I found that on 350 degrees F I needed them in the oven for like 20-25 minutes to get brown enough to keep their form coming out of the oven. At 12 minutes they had still been looking doughy.
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
– 1/4 Cup Butter, Softened
– 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
– 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
– 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
– 1/3 Cup Mashed Banana (About 1 Banana)
– 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
– 1/2 tsp Salt
– 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare baking sheeting with non-stick spray or aluminum foil.
In a medium size mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk well and set aside to add to wet mixture.
In another medium size mixing bowl combine the butter and peanut butter mashing together well so that there are not large clumps of butter left behind. Then add brown sugar, vanilla, and bananas and mix well.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Ensuring that no flour mixture is left behind on the bottom of the bowl.
With a tablespoon for measuring spoon out a clump of dough and roll out into a ball. Place ball on baking sheet and press down with fork. Continue this until there is no dough left in the bowl.
Bake cookies for 12 – 17 minutes.
Take them out and let cool for 5 – 10 minutes so that they do not fall apart. Enjoy!