Banana Bread Cookies

Banana Bread Cookies with Chocolate and Toffee Chips ~ Banana bread bites-almost, well close enough, minus the dense texture. And yes, it tastes just like banana bread, but in a cookie form and kicked up with a few add-ins.

Banana Bread Cookies

Banana Bread Cookies

Matt loves banana bread and can’t seem to understand why I’ve only made it a handful times in the course of our five year relationship. Truth be told, I like it, but after two slices it gets to my gag reflex. I definitely don’t like dry banana bread, but moist banana bread starts to get too gummy in texture for me.

With that idea I decided to try to hit the lighter side of making banana bread by making banana bread cookies. I started by browning the butter, a method I picked up from Cooks Illustrated, and have adapted for almost every cookie since it imparts a caramel and nutty like flavor. Then I knew I wanted to add sour cream to keep the cookies soft and tender, so that a cake-like rather than a chewy texture would come through the cookie. And since I was also dropping in ¾ cup of mashed bananas, I knew I could cut the butter down.

The end result: LOVE. Yes, cookie love and huge loves from Matt. He flipped for these cookies. This is a rare occasion, since he is not really a sweet eater.  Although I’ve now come to the conclusion that outside of peanut butter and salted caramel flavorings, his sweet spot lies in a cookie crumb.

Can I just comment on this, “Seriously, husband, couldn’t it be cake?”

A few notes:

  • You can mash the bananas with a fork so that the mixture has more body or you can puree the bananas. (I like it better with more body).
  • Cookies can be stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed container with parchment or wax paper between each cookie layer.
  • You can skip the add-ins, but when I make banana bread those add-in are a staple, so they had to be transferred into these banana bread cookies.
  • Variations: Add ½ cup chopped nuts in addition or instead of the listed add-ins.

Banana Bread Cookies

Preparations: Line bake sheet with parchment paper

Makes 4 ½ dozen 2 inch cookies

Ingredients:

Cookies:

  • 2 ¼ cup bread flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cups mashed bananas (approximately 1 ½ banana)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add-ins:

  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup toffee bits

Instructions:

1. Add bread flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and whisk to combine; set aside. Mash bananas and mix into sour cream and combine; set aside.

2. Brown the butter by placing it into a small skillet and heat the butter until it turns brown and starts to smell nutty. Remove from heat and whisk in the granulated sugar and light brown sugar. Let it sit for five minutes to absorb the brown butter flavoring. Add egg and vanilla whisk to combine. Add in banana and sour cream and whisk to combine. Now gently fold in flour mixture to combine. Fold in add-ins.

3. Refrigerate Banana Bread Cookie mixture for at least 30 minutes. Using a 1 inch ice cream scoop, drop cookie dough on parchment lined bake sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10-13 minutes or until edges turn golden brown.

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127 Responses to “Banana Bread Cookies”

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 26, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    I’m confused… Am I in the right place? This doesn’t have any liquor in it ;) My girls would totally devour these!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — July 27, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    A healthy cookie! Has to be with fruit in it. Yay!

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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — July 27, 2011 @ 12:22 am

    I’ve been looking for a recipe with toffee chips in it. Score!!

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    Brooke (Baking with Basil) — July 27, 2011 @ 1:06 am

    Awesome photo!!! Must find some ripe bananas to make these cookies!

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    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets — July 27, 2011 @ 2:07 am

    Wow that photo is stunning! And these sound incredible!

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    Lwbookeater — July 27, 2011 @ 4:07 am

    How delicious do those sound?!

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    Stacey — July 27, 2011 @ 4:11 am

    Another fab creation by you. I agree, stunning photo.

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    marla — July 27, 2011 @ 4:36 am

    Either way as cake or cookies – bananas, chocolate and chocolate are amazing & addictive. These cookies sound wonderful!

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    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen — July 27, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    I’m big fan of banana bread. But it has to be perfect balance of moistness. Putting this on my must try list!

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    Michael — July 27, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    Thank you for the recipe I think my kids will be very happy today :)

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    Kita — July 27, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    I tried some banana cookies last year and they weren’t so great. I cant wait to try these!

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    Cupcake Activist — July 27, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    I have a bunch of almost-overripe bananas and now I know exactly what to do with them. Thanks!

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    Blog is the New Black — July 27, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    I love that these are banana bread in cookie form- YUM!

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    Joyti — July 27, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    Those sound delicious! Going to bookmark, and try these out. Yum..

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    Heather — July 27, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to try these!

    I bought some toffee chips for some white chocolate toffee brownies the other day, and I was looking for something different to use up the rest of the bag!

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    Clara — July 27, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    Great alternative. Would apple sauce work instead of sour cream? My kids have an aversion to sourcream.

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    Janelle — July 27, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    You have 1/2 for the sour cream and light brown sugar. Is that “cup”?

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    • Naomi replied: — July 27th, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

      Hi Janelle-Thanks for asking and pointing that out to me. Yes, it is cup, that’s 1/2 cup. I have corrected the recipe.

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    Megan — July 27, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    These sound so delicious! I recently became a convert to baked goods with banana in them and these sound right up my alley. And toffee chip? So smart.

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    Eliana — July 27, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    You married two of my favorite things – banana bread and cookies! You’re amazing!

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    Dee at Deelicious Sweets — July 27, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    Wow! These sound amazing!!!

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    Jennifer (Delicieux) — July 27, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    Mmmm banana bread cookies sound amazing! I love banana bread and so does my fiance, I will have to try these when the price of bananas drop here (currently $13 per kilogram).

    I absolutely love your photo too. Stunning!

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    Larissa — July 27, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    wow…these cookies look amazing! especially with some warm milk…YAM!!!I’m going to try them out!
    Thanks so much!

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    Cassandra @ Best Cookware Deals — July 28, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    This cookies is absolutely delicious!I love banana bread, and banana cookies is a great idea. Thank you for sharing this recipe. :)

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    bili osi — July 29, 2011 @ 6:41 am

    Looks really tasty. Now that I’m hungry, actually you bring me the appetite.
    But tell me, banana flour is not a little heavy?

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    sapir — July 30, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    i’m used to make chocolate chips cookies all the time, but never tried to make them with toffee. sounds good though.. maybe i’ll try :)

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