Desserts

Banana Cookies

Banana Cookies taste like banana bread and are the perfect way to use up your ripe bananas. Serve these soft, cake-like treats for breakfast, dessert or a quick snack.

Banana Cookies - These simple cookies taste like banana bread and are the perfect way to use up your ripe bananas. Serve these soft, cake-like treats for breakfast, dessert or a quick snack.

I’m always looking for ways to use up brown bananas and I thought why not make some cookies! They are super simple to make and ensure no wasted bananas. 

This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies so I had some extra to give away to friends and family. We dropped off a container at Matty’s parents. They always like trying the recipes I make for this blog. 

We got a call from his dad saying that they tasted just like his mom’s banana bread recipe. The cookies did not last long in our home either. I didn’t think they would though since my spouse is a cookie monster!

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Ingredients

For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Butter – I used salted butter since that’s what I had
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cream of tartar – acts as a leavening agent in baked goods; If you don’t have any, you can leave it out.
  • Baking soda
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract – I love real vanilla extract and you can make your own homemade vanilla extract if you like!
  • Bananas – make sure they are RIPE. No green bananas.
  • Lemon juice
  • Cornflake crumbs – I added them on top of the cookies, but you could omit if you don’t have any.

Banana Cookies ingredients

How to Make from Scratch

Here are the steps to make this banana cookie recipe.

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease cookie sheets and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar and brown sugar, until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  3. In another bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, cream of tartar and baking soda. Add in the creamed sugar/butter mixture.
  4. Stir in milk, mashed bananas, lemon juice and vanilla.
  5. Drop by tablespoonful on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Cornflake crumbs.
  6. Bake for 14 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

Banana Cookies preparation

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Banana Cookies - These simple cookies taste like banana bread and are the perfect way to use up your ripe bananas. Serve these soft, cake-like treats for breakfast, dessert or a quick snack.

How to Store Banana Cookies

Store any uneaten cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. 

You can also freeze these banana cookies. If three dozen cookies is too much for your family, eat some and freeze the rest. Store in freezer safe containers for up to 3 months. 

Banana Cookies - These simple cookies taste like banana bread and are the perfect way to use up your ripe bananas. Serve these soft, cake-like treats for breakfast, dessert or a quick snack.

Variations

Want to change things up to add your own twist to this recipe? Some add-in ideas for you to think about:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Oatmeal
  • Shredded coconut
  • Frosted with cream cheese or chocolate frosting 

Banana Cookies - These simple cookies taste like banana bread and are the perfect way to use up your ripe bananas. Serve these soft, cake-like treats for breakfast, dessert or a quick snack.

Why Do the Bananas Need to Be Ripe

I hate the look of bananas with brown spots sitting on my countertop, but oh the flavor is so worth it. Ripe bananas have the sweetest taste. 

Ripe bananas are also way easier to mash up. Ever try mashing a green banana? Not fun.

Not ready to make this recipe just yet? Freeze those ripe bananas and save them for later. I like to freeze them when they are just starting to get the brown spots on them.

Banana Cookies - These simple cookies taste like banana bread and are the perfect way to use up your ripe bananas. Serve these soft, cake-like treats for breakfast, dessert or a quick snack.

What Can I Do with Ripe Bananas

Make these cookies, of course! But really, there are SO many ways to use them up so they don’t go to waste.

Banana Cookies - These simple cookies taste like banana bread and are the perfect way to use up your ripe bananas. Serve these soft, cake-like treats for breakfast, dessert or a quick snack.

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Banana Cookies - These simple cookies taste like banana bread and are the perfect way to use up your ripe bananas. Serve these soft, cake-like treats for breakfast, dessert or a quick snack.

Banana Cookies

Banana Cookies

Yield: 36
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

These simple cookies taste like banana bread and are the perfect way to use up your ripe bananas. Serve these soft, cake-like treats for breakfast, dessert or a quick snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Cornflake crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease cookie sheets and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar and brown sugar, until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  3. In another bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, cream of tartar and baking soda. Add in the creamed sugar/butter mixture.
  4. Stir in milk, mashed bananas, lemon juice and vanilla.
  5. Drop by tablespoonful on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Cornflake crumbs.
  6. Bake for 14 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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