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Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

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“Use a very ripe banana; cookies are better the second day.”
READY IN:
1hr
YIELD:
4 dozen cookies, about
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt until combined; set aside.
  3. Grease a baking sheet with butter; set aside.
  4. In a big bowl, beat the butter and shortening, using an electric mixer on medium speed, until softened and of a uniform color, about 1 minute.
  5. Beat in both sugars until fluffy but still a little grainy, about 1 minute.
  6. Beat in the mashed banana and vanilla; remove beaters.
  7. Stir in flour mixture using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until a soft, wet dough forms.
  8. Stir in chocolate chips, just until evenly distributed.
  9. Drop high, rounded teaspoonfuls of the dough onto prepared sheet, spacing mounds about 1 ½ inches apart.
  10. Bake for about 12 minutes, until bumpy and lightly browned.
  11. For best results, rotate the baking sheet back to front halfway through the baking process.
  12. Cool cookies for 2 minutes on baking sheet; transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
  13. Cool the baking sheet for 5 minutes before making additional cookies.
  14. *Banana Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies—decrease the chocolate chips to 1 ½ cups; stir in 1 ½ cups dried cherries with the chips; proceed as directed.
  15. *Banana Macadamia White Chocolate Chip Cookies—substitute 1 ½ cups chopped unsalted macadamia nuts and 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips for the chocolate chips; proceed as directed.
  16. *Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies—decrease chocolate chips to 1 ½ cups; add 1 ½ cups chopped walnuts or pecans with the chips; proceed as directed.
  17. *Banana White Chocolate Chip Cookies—substitute 3 cups white chocolate chips for the chocolate chips; proceed as directed.
  18. *Tropical Chocolate Chip Cookies—substitute rum extract for the vanilla extract; decrease the chocolate chips to 1 ½ cups; add 1 cup chopped dried pineapple and ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut with the chips; proceed as directed.

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