Jumbo Banana Cookies

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When I was really young, there was this song that came out by the R & B singer Monica, called “Don’t Take It Personal (One of Them Days)”. The chorus goes like this:

“It’s just one of them days
That a girl goes through
When i’m angry inside
Don’t wanna take it out on you
Just one of them things
Don’t take it personal
I just wanna be all alone
And you think i treat you wrong”

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 As someone who writes in her spare time, I can usually come up with something pretty witty/interesting to begin a post with, no matter if it’s random, awkward or even self depreciating. It’s usually my goal to do so anyway- I know we’re all mostly here for the food, but it doesn’t hurt to say a little bit more about anything.

However, that’s just not going to be the case for this post. As my girl Monica says, it’s just “one of them days.” Long story short, on a scale of 1 to 100, today (and the past few days to be honest) were…definitely not 100. Or 80. Or 50.

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When these kinds of days happen, my propensity towards creativity is virtually nonexistent. It’s difficult for me to even say much of anything to anybody in real life when I get like this, so my online communication skills are also kinda taking a hit. I did try to come up with a witty, interesting post. I tried. But I just got nothing for you guys today. It just wasn’t working. I finally threw up my hands and decided to just post and let the recipe and pics speak for themselves.

Please don’t take it personal. It’s just one of them days. Hopefully I’ll be feeling better next time I post.

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This recipe was actually a follow up to the Banana Bread Scones that I made earlier. I had a couple of leftover bananas, so I just decided to make another dessert with them. Waste not, want not.

I”m very picky when it comes to my cookies. I know what I like and what I don’t like and there’s usually not a lot of wiggle room allowed. It’s pretty simple really: I like them thick and I like them soft. And iced- I actually love them when they’re iced. Because as I keep telling my sister Ashley, life is just better with icing.

I must say, these banana cookies did not disappoint. Thick, soft and and yet sturdy, I would have to say that they’re like a much denser & slightly chewy banana bread that still manages to just melt in your mouth. I think you’ll like them should you decide to try them out.

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Jumbo Banana Cookies

Recipe Courtesy of Allrecipes.com

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE VERSION

Ingredients

  •  1/2 cup shortening
  •  1/2 cup butter, softened
  •  1 cup white sugar
  •  2 eggs
  •  1 cup mashed bananas
  •  1/2 cup evaporated milk
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  •  3 cups all-purpose flour
  •  1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1 cup chopped walnuts
  •  2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  •  2 tablespoons butter, softened
  •  1/4 cup evaporated milk
  •  1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Directions

1. Cream together shortening, 1/2 cup butter, white sugar.

2. Add eggs, bananas, vanilla, 1/2 cup evaporated milk and vinegar and mix until light and creamy.

3. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to other mixture. Add nuts.

4.Chill dough one hour in refrigerator.

5. Drop by teaspoonful on greased cookie sheet about two inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 15 minutes. Let cool then, frost them.

6. To Make Frosting: Mix 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar with 2 tablespoons soft butter or margarine, 1/4 cup evaporated milk, and 1/4 tsp vanilla. Beat until soft. Spread on tops of cooled cookies.

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11 thoughts on “Jumbo Banana Cookies

  1. You know, when I was growing up in the 70’s… there was this song by James Taylor that goes perfectly with Monica’s song…

    If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
    and that old north wind should begin to blow,
    keep your head together and call my name out loud.
    Soon I will be knocking upon your door.
    You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
    I’ll come running to see you again.
    Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there.
    You’ve got a friend…

    I hope you feel better Jess, it makes me sad to know you’re having some bad days. I hate bad days…. but those banana cookies… they look delicious enough to make even the worst day filled with sunshine… just like you… you fill this blog with sunshine.

    Wonderful recipe! But that doesn’t surprise me… you have a lot of wonderful recipes! I have two bananas sitting on my counter right now that have hit that “Eh, I could probably eat it still, but it doesn’t look very appetizing…” I think I know what to do with those cookies now!!

    xxooxx

  2. These sound like ideal soft cookies! I would like to try this recipe and see if the texture is like some Italian ricotta cookies we just can’t get enough of. Thanks for sharing, and hope your week has brightened up!

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