If your freezer is anything like mine that means you have, what appears to be hundreds of frozen bananas! For people who enjoy a nice slice of warm banana bread or a banana muffin this overstock of bananas is not a bad thing, but for those of us, myself included, who do not enjoy banana bread or muffins, this overstock can be a bit of a challenge!
I was actually on the search for a cookie with coconut and I came across this recipe by another blogger, which can be found here and decided that today would be a good day to tackle the banana mania that’s going on in my freezer!
I made a few changes to the recipe, such as adding salt. Why baking recipes neglect salt I do not know, you always want to add even just a pinch of salt to your baking especially if you are using unsalted butter, which I always do 🙂
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of mashed banana (about 2 large bananas)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used mini)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In bowl of mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until light and fluffy again.
In a separate bowl, mix the banana and baking soda. Let sit for 2 minutes.
– I strongly recommend letting it sit as the acid in the baking soda reacts with the banana and really does make the cookies light and fluffy like the original recipe suggests!
Mix the banana mixture into the butter mixture.
Sift the flour, cinnamon and salt into the butter and banana mixture. Beat until combined.
Mix in the chocolate chips and coconut.
Using a 1 1/2 inch ice cream scoop, scoop out batter onto a 9×13″ baking sheet.
– One recommendation I have is to put the batter you haven’t scooped out yet into the fridge until ready to be scooped out. If you don’t do this the cookies don’t hold their shape and melt rather than fluff up and bake…. Trust me 🙂
Bake for 10-13 minutes.
Here is the end result 🙂
Hope you enjoy!