Chocolate Chip cookies are one of the staples of being human. It seems that every person, big or small, has an obsession with this delightful combination of butter, sugar, flour and chocolate! We can all probably share some memory about making or just eating chocolate chip cookies. I know that I have countless memories about said cookies, but my memories involve a very different twist.
At some point in my Nannie's culinary journey, she acquired a Chiquita Banana cookbook that included recipes laden with Bananas. Of course there was banana bread, loaf, pie, meringue, etc The things that one would expect to find in a Chiquita cookbook. Nestled on one of the pages was a recipe for Banana Oatmeal Cookies that has truly become one of those recipes that has defined my childhood and culinary experiences. We would make these cookies at all occasions, and sometimes we would make the cookies just to eat the dough. It is one of those occasions in which the dough is just as good, if not better than the baked cookies!
There is something about baking these cookies that just brings back a bunch of memories, and I can say with all confidence that these cakes will not last long in any kitchen that makes them! Enjoy these!
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 bananas, but I have been known to use 4 to make them even better)
1 3/4 cup rolled quick oats
3/4 cup butter
1 egg, well beaten
1 pkg chocolate chips (or however much you want to add)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional, I usually don't add these)
1) Sift together flour, sugar, soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon into mixing bowl.
2) Cut in butter.
3) Add egg, bananas, rolled oats, and chocolate. Mix thoroughly.
4) Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 400 degrees for 9-10 minutes.
I hope you enjoy these as much as my family has over the past!!