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The Best Cookies I Have Ever Made - Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Updated on April 29, 2012

Delicious banana oatmeal cookies

Tasty and chewy banana oatmeal cookies
Tasty and chewy banana oatmeal cookies

Banana Bread taste in a cookie? Yes!

I am always looking for new ways to make banana bread exciting and for new ways to use my ripe bananas. I ran across a cookie recipe on Pinterest (love that site!) that comes from skinnytaste.com that claimed it was "banana bread taste in a cookie form". I absolutely had to try it! I couldn't imagine a cookie staying moist like banana bread and I have to say that it truly does taste like it. You must be careful not to overbake them as they will get very crunchy, very fast. I ruined my second batch by leaving them in just a little too long while I was working on laundry, gotta multi-task you know. Anyway, they are awesome and I need to make some more soon. I think I will add chocolate chips next time.

Here's What You Need:

1 cup flour (I used whole wheat)

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon (I always use Penzey's Vietnamese cinnamon - Penzy's is the best local spice shop in Madison, WI I think and I'm sure you can order from them online)

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar

1 large egg

1/4 cup mashed banana

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

2 cups quick oats (I actually only used one)

3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional and I did not use)

In a medium bowl blend your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

Here's What You Do:

In a large bowl or using a mixer on medium speed (I love my KitchenAid stand mixer!), cream the butter with the white and brown sugars for a few minutes. Then add the egg, mixing well. Once the egg is mixed in, add your mashed banana and vanilla. Then, by hand, slowly incorporate the dry flour mixture into the batter. Lastly, add the oatmeal and walnuts (if you choose). The next time I make these cookies I will add my chocolate chips right here. The batter is so good, it almost didn't make it to the baking step.

Drop cookie batter in spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. My oven runs hot, so I only cooked mine for 8 minutes. I wasn't sure if they were ready to come out as they were still fairly light in color and jiggly, but they were perfectly done.

Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for a little while, you don't want to burn your mouth! The smell might be hard to resist, but the wait is well worth it. Chewy, banana bread goodness in every cookie bite. Enjoy, and I hope your cookies last in the kitchen longer than mine did. I cannot stop eating them.


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    Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    These are truly delicious, was just thinking it was time to make them again. Thank you for checking out my recipe and I hope you enjoy them too!

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    bella34 4 years ago

    I like cookies i will try this.

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    My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

    I make these cookies also, I think my recipe is a tad different. I use pecans because walnuts bother me and I have found they are moister if I put a 1/2 cup raisins in there also. Mine also has shortening (I use Crisco butter shortening) instead of the butter.

    When they come out of the oven they are like little bread loaves - lol.

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    pkstudent 5 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

    hmmm ... sound good and taste buds ready :)

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I hope you enjoy these, I had the whole batch eaten in two days. :)

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    Olive Ellis 5 years ago

    This I got to try as I always have an abundance of ripe bananas. Thank you for sharing this recipe and all the best to you. Very informative hub indeed!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I seriously would not have thought banana oatmeal cookies would be my favorite, but, I think you will understand when you make these. I literally couldn't stop eating them myself!

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    CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

    This sounds interesting and fun. We love to make home made banana bread and who doesn't like cookies. This will be fun to give a try the next time I have a few banana's in the kitchen and looking for a special treat.

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    Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    Yummy! A mouth-watering recipe that I can't wait to try out. Thanks.