Monday, March 1, 2010

Banana Nut Cookies

When we first were married, we had the privilege of getting to know an elderly Japanese woman named Elma. She would invite us over for traditional Japanese meals along with some other friends. She passed away after only knowing her for 3 years, but I fondly am reminded of her whenever I bake these cookies. I never took any authentic Japanese recipes, which I regret today, but I do have this one.
This is a soft cookie, which tastes like a little cake. I freeze bananas after they are to0 ripe to eat and I like to bake all kinds of goodies with them. Think beyond just loaves and muffins.
You need:
  • 2 1/2 cups of sifted flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cups of chopped pecans ( more if you like)
Topping:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Cream together butter and sugar, beat in eggs one at a time. Beat thoroughly, add vanilla.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together.
  3. Add to the butter mixture, alternating with the mashed bananas.
  4. Beat well after each addition, until smooth.
  5. Fold in the nuts.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheets.
  7. Sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes. Depending on your oven.

12 comments:

  1. I love banana muffins and loaves so am sure I'll love these cookies!

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  2. My comment is not so much about the Banana Cookies as it is about all of the recipes on your blog.
    So far everyone I have tried is fabulous.And I love the way they are written,just like my Grandma and Mother's.
    Oh and my family now begs for the Coconut Milk Pie,that pie is to die for!
    Keep up the good cooking.
    Rois

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  3. If you screen your comments, you don't have to publish this post if you don't want to:-). I'm intrigued by your site here. I just stumbled on it today. I, too, am Mennonite and blog about cooking, gardening and preserving. I'm happy to have found some Mennonite blogging sisters:-).

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  4. I get a little tired of using all my old bananas for bread. This will be a wonderful change!

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  5. I made these last night & they turned out wonderfully! Although due to a cold, I can't taste anything, so I don't know how they taste. I used 4 small bananas, and also added about 2 cups of oatmeal b/c it looked really soupy/wet to me. They turned out pretty nice looking in the end. Thanks for a new recipe to use for bananas!

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  6. Oh, and I didn't use any nuts b/c I didn't have any & wasn't going to go to the store just to get some.

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  8. I never thought about using bananas in cookies -what a wonderful idea! I'm looking forward to giving this recipe a try.

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  9. what a great idea - these look so good

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  10. These were very good. Definitely more cake-like than cookie. Not too heavy and a great alternative to banana bread. I'm very glad that I added the nuts.

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