Monday, June 21, 2010

Recipe: Sam's Chunky Monkey Cookies

Each Christmas I like to participate in cookie exchanges.  Last year I decided that I wanted to create new cookies inspired by my family.  At the time my youngest was just under a year.  He loved bananas and was a very chunky baby (often called by me - Chunky Monkey).  I was inspired by this recipe and made a few changes. 

Sam’s Chunky Monkey Cookies

2/3 cup of butter, softened
2/3 cup of Granulated Sugar
1/3 cup of Light Brown Sugar
2 eggs
1 cup of mashed ripe bananas
1 ½-teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 cup of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
¼-teaspoon baking soda
12 oz Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1/3 cup of chopped nuts

Directions:  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, banana and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto cooking sheets (stoneware works best). Cookies do not spread much. Try to make sure they are in uniform shape and then press down gently with the back of a wet spoon to ensure even cooking. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes or until edges are very light golden brown. Let set for 1-2 minutes and then place on rack to cool. Yields about 4-5 dozen cookies.

These cookies are very soft and keep well in a sealed container so they are great if you need to make a few days ahead.
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