Monday, July 20, 2009

Banana Nut Cookies

Here's another favorite recipe from my favorite Mrs. Fields Cookie Book. I know I've said this before, but seriously, there isn't a bad recipe in this book. Every single recipe that I've tried has been a huge success. This is one of the all time faves. LOVE it!

2 2/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon banana liqueur or extract
3/4 cup ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 300F.
In a medium bowl, combine four, soda and salt. Mix well and set aside. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend sugars at medium speed. Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add egg, liqueur and banana, and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture, 1 cup of the chocolate chips and the walnuts and blend at low speed until just combined. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Sprinkle cookies with chocolate chips, 6 to 8 per cookie. Bake 25-27 minutes until cookie edges begin to brown. Transfer immediately to a cool surface.

I always add a little extra banana liqueur to give it an added punch of banana flavor. I also like to use pecans instead of walnuts, just because I like them better! If you don't like nuts or chocolate chips, you can simply omit them from the recipe. You can do either one, or both, or neither. You could even add peanut butter chips instead of the nuts and chocolate chips.
They'll be delicious!

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