Recipe by JEMIMA
"This recipe is as close as I can get to the delicious cookies my mother use to make when I was a little girl. Spicy oatmeal cookies with banana and walnuts."
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packed brown sugar
mashed ripe banana
This recipe is a great beginning, but a few changes are necessary to make the cookies the type that everyone raves about: 1.Add a banana to the mush and a quarter-cup of oatmeal for more banana flavor, otherwise you barely get the taste . 2. Skip the cloves, add another teaspoon of cinnamon. 3. Add a 1/2-3/4 teaspoon of baking soda so that the cookies rise a bit, they don't in the original recipe. 4. Switch half of the white flour w/ whole wheat flour, it tastes the same and is much healthier. 5. Use white choc. chips!--huge difference, goes much better w/ banana taste. These changes make the cookies superb, and your friends won't stop asking for more!
This is a good cookie, it's just not a great cookie. Other than using butter rather than shortening I followed the recipe as written. This is not short on flavor, as the oatmeal, banana and nutty flavors are all prominent. It has a rustic, whole grain texture, not cakey at all, just that of a chewy oatmeal cookie. There is nothing wrong with the recipe, but it will never make a chocolate chip cookie move over.
This deserves five stars. (And I'm stingy with giving out five star ratings.) The cookies are soft, slightly spicy, and absolutely delicious. I didn't have cloves so I used a bit of pumpkin pie spice and the results were fantastic. The cookie sheet was ravaged by my husband and I before the cookies even had a chance to cool. EDIT: January 29, 2009 I've been making these for a few years now and they are always awesome. I add a bit more banana and vanilla and some nutmeg and extra cinnamon- I like a lot of spice in my cookies. I have also used butter and margarine or a mix because of the whole trans fat thing. (No more margarine for me!) I have also added milk chocolate chips to half of the cookies for my hubby. Still a keeper after all these years! :)
Tired of banana bread, I chose this recipe as a way of using up ripe bananas. I used four bananas (not one), margarine instead of shortening, extra cinnamon, no cloves and some chocolate chips but otherwise kept the quantities of the ingredients unchanged. The result was a very moist and tasty cake-like cookie, which was particularly good fresh from the oven. I was surprised at how many cookies it made. I shall make these again when I have bought too many bananas!
I didn't hae bananas for once, but had some banana cream pudding mix, used that instead. After doing so, I realized I should have perhaps added more moisture to take the place of the wetness of the fruit, but actually, these turned out great. I made them three ways 1)rolled in balls - they formed puffy domes all nice and soft 2)rolled in balls and flattened slightly - nice thick even cookies that were crispy on the outside, soft on the inside 3)spooned out and flattened pretty well - crisp crunchies. My family loved the three kinds from just one batch. Good stuff!
SOOO good, interesting as well. I used butter instead of shortening, nutmeg instead of cloves, omitted the walnuts and added 3/4 c chocolate chunks (mostly due to what I had or did not have). Like other reviewers, I also needed to bake them for 12 min. Will make again!
These cookies were really yummy, especially after adding raisins and a handful of unsweetened shredded coconut. I made them plain and with the above additions and the raisin-coconut addition made them soooo much better. I like the plain ones too, but my boyfriend only likes the ones with the extras. (I didn't have walnuts so neither of the batches had them). I should mention that I tried to make these a bit healthier by using only 1/2 cup of shortening and adding extra banana to increase moistness...I used 1 cup banana and it worked great. Also, I didn't have cloves on hand so I used pumpkin pie spice like someone suggested and it worked well. In the end, these are a nice change from banana bread, but I think I still prefer to use my extra bananas for banana bread.
They are soft cookies but do not have the texture of cakes (which is good). The rolled oats give them a good texture. The taste is not bad but need some getting used to. I cut the shortening to 1/2 C, sugar to 3/4 C and used pumpkin pie spice instead of cloves. Also, instead of adding walnuts, I substitute with chocolate chips (1 C). In addition, I used 3 medium-sized bananas. Two thumbs up for the fact that they are healthy cookies :)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Banana Oatmeal Cookies II
Serving Size: 1/36 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 36
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 54
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