What to do with ripe bananas? Make cookies!
Ripe bananas can be a tiny problem unless you have some recipes to use them in. I had that problem today . . . a couple of over ripe bananas. So, the questions came up, what to do with the ripe bananas? I decided to make my Grandmama Hall’s Banana Nut Cookies, which are my absolute favorite on the planet!
A little history of Grandmama Hall and her Banana Nut Cookies . . .
When I went to college, many years ago:), Grandmama Hall would make me a covered tin of her Banana Nut Cookies every week to take back with me. I would eat them every day in my dorm room while studying or doing assignments. By the time the weekend came, my stash of Grandmama Hall’s Banana Nut cookies would be greatly depleted or gone. Grandmama would make them every week, knowing how much I loved them. She continued making them for me until Granddaddy passed away that November, just a few days before Thanksgiving. After that, Grandmama didn’t cook much . . .
When I later was married, we lived in Conway, where I was a student, so I didn’t go home every weekend. I remember missing Grandmama’s Banana Nut Cookies. Sometime after that, she gave me the recipe, and I have made it many times over the years . . . particularly when I had over ripe bananas! Grandmama Hall’s Banana Nut Cookies, Banana Nut Bread, Banana Nut Cake, and even Banana Muffins are great to make when you have over-ripe bananas!
Grandmama Hall’s Banana Nut Cookies . . .
Grandmama Hall’s Banana Nut Cookies are full of bananas, chocolate chips, chopped pecans, and oatmeal. You could call them Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, but the name would be TOO long. However, when you bite into one of these cake-like cookies, you get a taste of all those wonderful ingredients plus the many spices that make this cookie great: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. I’m not sure why the allspice is in the cookies, but it is listed with the ingredients, so I include it.
I only had two bananas, so I made a half-batch of these cookies. It still made 10 large 4-inch cookies. I used my large cookie scoop to measure the batter onto a silpat-lined baking sheet. Since I made large cookies, I cooked them 15 minutes.
Once the cookies were cooled, I placed them in single layers in zip-top bags. The cookies are so moist and soft, sometimes they stick together when placed on top of the other cookies. You can also freeze them on a cookie sheet, then place them in freezer bags or containers to eat at a later date. Anyway you choose to store them, they will remain delicious! Or you can serve them to visitors who just happen to drop by!
What do you think, Randa???
What is your favorite banana recipe?
Grandmama Hall’s Banana Nut Cookies Recipe
My favorite cookie!
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup shortening
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon soda
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 3 or 4 mashed bananas
- 1 ¾ cups oats
- 1 (6-ounce) package chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, cream sugar, shortening, and egg together.
- In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together. (I whisk the dry ingredients together.)
- Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with bananas to creamed mixture.
- Stir in oats and chocolate chips and nuts.
- Add vanilla. Mix well.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet. (I used a large cookie scoop which made 4-inch cookies when done.)
- Bake for 10- 12 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on racks. (I baked mine for 15 minutes because they were larger cookies.)
Yield: 6 dozen (Because I used the large cookie scoop, the half-batch made 10 4-inch cookies. I’m sure if I had used teaspoonfuls to drop the batter, it would have made 3 dozen cookies.)