We haven't had a cookie post in a while, so I thought I would take a break from the paper and glue to share this recipe with you. I have been wanting to make this recipe for a long time, but every time I bought bananas they mysteriously got eaten! When I told this to Carolyn, she immediately responded, "Well, your children are part chimpanzee." Truer words have never been spoken.
You will need: 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp cardamom (optional), 5 medium ripened bananas, mashed, 2 cups quick cooking oats and 3/4 cup of miniature chocolate chips.
Cream together the 1/2 cup of softened butter and the 1/2 cup of butter flavored shortening until light and fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until well combined.
Add the 2 eggs and 1 tsp of vanilla. Mix well.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Cardamom isn't an ingredient that most people have on hand, so feel free to leave it out. You could add in nutmeg or even pumpkin pie spice if you wanted to. Add the dry ingredients gradually to your butter mixture.
Do not over mix the dough. You will want these to rise just the slightest bit, so be careful when adding the dry ingredients.
Just a note about the bananas: You want them to be really, really ripe, to the point of the peel being brown even. The sweeter that the banana is, the sweeter that your cookie will be.
Mash the bananas. This is an excellent stress relieving activity. Think about your mother-in-law. Not that, um, I would do such a thing.
Add the mashed bananas, oats and miniature chocolate chips to the dough. Mix until just combined.
Drop by the tablespoon onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. Be sure to check them at 10 minutes because they will go from perfectly brown to inedible very quickly.
Remove to a cooling rack. They will get mushy on the bottom if you leave them on your cookie sheet. This recipe should make about 2-1/2 - 3 dozen cookies. Enjoy!