I woke up early Sunday to a gray sky morning. We happen to have a lot of bright, clear sky days in the desert, so gloomy ones are a welcome respit.
Plus, nothing gets me in the baking mood more than a cloudy sky.
So, I made banana cookies.
Banana cookies that taste like banana bread.
Oh, yes ma’am.
This cookie is cakey, make no mistake. It reminds me of pumpkin cookies in texture. Since there are bananas and whole wheat in these cookies I think they would be totally suitable for breakfast. That logic is sound.
Adapted from All Recipes
These cookies will get dry and oh-so-sad if overbaked. I took the cookies out when they were just browned on the bottoms. The original recipe uses regular All-Purpose flour and granulated sugar. I swapped out whole wheat flour and cane sugar, also reducing the amount of sugar by 1/4 cup. Next time I may also use coconut oil instead of butter, it seems like the right thing to do :) I opted not to frost these, but I did whip up a quick buttermilk glaze to drizzle over the cooled cookies. It worked out nicely, just sweet enough.
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners.
Whisk flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl to combine. Set aside.
Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs in one at a time, scraping down sides after each addition. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Add mashed bananas and mix until incorporated.
Fold dry ingredients into banana mixture to combine. Fold in nuts.
Scoop 2 tablespoons full of cookie batter onto sheet pans, about 1 inch apart. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes (mine were good at 8), watching closely so as not to overbake. Cool completely on wire rack before glazing.
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons buttermilk
whisk both ingredients together in a bowl. For thinner glaze add more buttermilk.