OK, so I had a couple of leftover bananas that were starting to get over-ripe, and figured I ought to use them to bake something... I had my mom's recipe for banana bread (with or without chocolate chips) but I wasn't so much in a bread-y or cake-y mood, for some reason I had cookies on the brain. So I did a recipe search for cookies involving bananas until I found something reasonably close to what I was envisioning, and with a few tweaks, came up with this.
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (softened... or maragarine if you prefer)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (i never measure vanilla - it was probably a bunch more)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda (i ALWAYS measure that... ick)
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips - semisweet, or if you're a dark chocolate fan like us, try Hershey's Special Dark or Ghirardelli 60% Cacao.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, cream together brown sugar and butter until smooth, and stir in eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves and stir into the mixture. Then add mashed bananas, peanut butter, rolled oats and chocolate chips, and stir untl well blended.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls (I used a normal spoon from my flatware set, not the big ones or the teaspoons) onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. I did 10 minutes because I like my cookies *barely* done. Remove cookies from pan to cool on a wire rack.
This made 4 dozen cookies for me, with enough dough for 3 cookies leftover for raw cookie dough snackage or whatever you wish. Neither the banana nor the peanut butter flavor was overwhelming, so I think this is a pretty good balance. If you want more banana flavor, the original recipe I found used 3 bananas and no peanut butter. I might have tried it that way, but there were only two bananas in my freezer, so I threw in the peanut butter for extra body and flavor.
Great fresh from the oven with a cold glass of milk.