Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 3, 2017
Love banana bread, but looking for a new way to enjoy those overripe bananas?  Give Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies a try!  If your house is anything like ours, these soft and tasty little cookies will disappear in a flash.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies image

Sometimes you come across something that tastes even better than you imagined in your mind.  And that's certainly the case with these soft and tasty little cookies.  These disappeared in a flash at our house!

I had dreamed of making Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies ever since I ran across a Banana Drop Cookies recipe a long time ago from one of my blogging friends.  I remember thinking as soon as I saw them, "Ohhhhh, those would be so good as a chocolate chip cookie!"

And alas, they went on my long mental list of things I wanted to make.

I've finally gotten around to playing with this concept, and figuring out a recipe that meets the expectations I'd imagined in my head.  But I have to admit, it took several tries to arrive at what I had envisioned.  But once I did? ... The end result even surpassed what I had imagined!

As I tried several banana cookie recipes, I found that most turn out quite cakey ... more like eating a smaller version of banana bread or a dense muffin than eating a chewy cookie.  And the first two versions of these Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies that I came up with myself and made were no different ~ too cakey for my taste ... and they didn't seem to taste enough like a true chocolate chip cookie to me, either.

I wanted a chewier cookie. 

And I wanted it to taste more chocolate chip cookie-ish.

Love banana bread, but looking for a new way to enjoy those overripe bananas?  Give Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies a try!  If your house is anything like ours, these soft and tasty little cookies will disappear in a flash.

So I turned to the most iconic chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world for inspiration ... the good old Toll House chocolate chip cookie.

What I noticed in the Toll House recipe that wasn't in most banana cookie recipes I've seen ... and the original two I created ... was brown sugar.  And a pretty hefty dose of brown sugar, at that.

Soft and chewy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies image

So I whipped up another batch of banana chocolate chip cookies with a combination of both granulated and brown sugar, and voila! ... a more traditional chocolate chip cookie taste was there.  Traditional chocolate chip cookie taste laced with wonderful banana, that is.

The taste of the banana is definitely prominent, but not overpoweringly banana.  To me, it's a really nice balance between a chocolate chip cookie taste and a banana taste ... with a just a hint of cinnamon to compliment the banana.

As far as texture, these cookies are indeed still more cakey than a traditional chocolate chip cookie ... but more chewy/less cakey than other banana cookies I've tried.  It's a texture I'm definitely happy with.

And judging by how quickly these were gobbled up, it's a texture my family is definitely happy with, too.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies image - a great alternative to banana bread for using up those over ripe bananas.

So if you and your family love banana bread, but are looking for a new way to enjoy those overripe bananas, give Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies a try!  

If your house is anything like ours, these soft and tasty little cookies will sure disappear in a flash.

Baking Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies image

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source:  A Tracey creation, adapted from the original Toll House chocolate chip cookies recipe
(Printable recipe)
  • 1 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. well-mashed ripe banana {about 2 medium-sized bananas}
  • 2 ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 c. (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
  2. Cream together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy; about 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in mashed banana.
  3. Gradually add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  4. Chill dough for 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Drop approximately one tablespoon of dough 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake at 375℉ for 9-10 minutes until the edges look set. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes then carefully remove to cooling racks to cool completely.

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  1. To be honest, I like my cookies chewy rather than the cakey ones, and I am all about chocolate chip cookies but would not mind an oomph of banana and cinnamon in it!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe! xx

  2. Ohh i bet these babies are good! Mother Nature has thrown her attack on me so around this time of every month i crave these goodies. A little TMI for your Sunday night, hah.

  3. I have tried applesauce and pudding in my chocolate chip cookies but I haven't tried bananas. I can't wait to bananas in my next batch of chocolate chip cookies.

  4. Oh these sound so yummy! Pinned & Sharing on Fb! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

  5. Banana's and Chocolate Chips a great combination for a awesome cookie! I really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a safe and enjoyable weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Would you look at the perfect puffy texture on these things. I love banana and chocolate so I will absolutely be making these!

  7. I have not heard of this combination for a chocolate chip cookie but I just know it is delicious. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  8. One of the best cooking "revelations"! I wish i knew it before. What a great recipe! Thank you :)


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