Sunday, February 17, 2008

My Paternal Grandmother's Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I was a kid, my grandmother made the best banana chocolate chip cookies ever. I could eat them all day. Well, she passed away a long time ago, but last year I went to my sister's house to visit and she made these cookies for us. The smell alone took me back to my grandmother's house, and the taste, well, that took me back to her kitchen with her warm smile and gentle hands.

Tonight, we had some bananas that needed to be done in, so I decided to make these cookies with the kids. Of course, we'll probably eat far too many, but we'll do so with a smile. The recipe is a dump-and-stir, which makes it perfect for me and my kids to put together. It follows here:

2 bananas (medium sized)
2 eggs
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or walnuts, or both)

Dump, stir, and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 deg F for 10-12 minutes.

I tend to favor more chocolate chips, of course. Since they're full of bananas, I like to say that these cookies are "practically a health food!" My wife doesn't believe it, and regularly gives me a stern look when I say that. Still, they're delicious!

1 comment:

Megan said...

Mmm....I"m just impressed you bake! James makes cookies too - the kind that are already formed into cookies and all you do is put them on the cookie sheet!

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