How to make soft chewy cookies
A classic American cookie with a twist, here is a ‘kill two birds with one stone’ option for chocolate chip cookies. Exercise this option when you have an overripe banana which otherwise would wind up in the wastebasket and create soft and chewy cookies that smack of something unique but almost undetectable. This recipe is adapted from the classic Toll House recipe but you could add some mashed banana to your favorite chocolate chip recipe.
I learned this trick when I was a junior in high school while living in Springville, Utah. My friend Chris Bowles, who lived around the corner, invited me to make chocolate chip cookies in her family’s trailer. I was game. We used the cramped space and the playhouse sized oven to bake off our culinary collaboration. Chris told me she was going to share the secret of soft cookies. I was all ears. Then I found out she’d brought an overripe banana that looked sick and tired. She planned to mash it into the cookie dough. My objections quickly evaporated as this was Chris’ territory. When the first batch of cookies came out of the oven, I was anxious to test out the experiment. Lo and behold, they were really good plus soft and chewy. Really fun friend bonding experience.
Recipe: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes per Batch | Yield: 2 dozen | Level: Easy
- 1 cup butter, room temp
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 very ripe Banana, mashed
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts
1 Beat butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
2 In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
3 Gradually add to butter/sugar mixture.
4 Stir in banana then the chocolate chips and nuts.
5 Drop by rounded tablespoons on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees until light brown. Don’t over bake.
6 Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and then remove to wire rack.
Double this recipe to use a whole very ripe banana.
Try Cheetah Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting to use overripe bananas.
Use any favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and add some mashed banana.
Double this recipe then put 2-4 cookies into sandwich zipper bags and freeze for lunch box desserts or late night snacks on the fly.
- Choose walnuts or pecans.
- Omit nuts.
Inspiration – Chris Bowles and Toll House Cookie recipe
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Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: May 18, 2012