Christmas Eve Cookies, Soft Chocolate Banana Cookies, and Chocolate Crinkles offer varying levels of chocolatey goodness for your holiday dessert tray.
Christmas Eve Cookies, Soft Chocolate Banana Cookies, and Chocolate Crinkles offer varying levels of chocolatey goodness for your holiday dessert tray. (Mel Barber photo - mbarber@yorkdispatch.com)

Here's a quick-hit cookie for the bananas turning brown on the counter.

The recipe comes via blogger Lee Ann Owens at edinaeater.com, where you can find a variety of toppings to dress up the cookies, too.

The dough has a pudding-like consistency. Using a small cookie scoop will double the output from three dozen to six dozen cookies. I found an 8-minute baking time worked best. If you don't have spiced rum on hand (I didn't), a teaspoon of orange extract will do just fine.

Soft Chocolate Banana Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

Dash of salt

½ cup unsalted butter

¼ cup shortening

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar

2 medium eggs

1 cup bananas, mashed (3 medium)

3 Tbsp. spiced rum

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a few large baking sheets with shortening and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, beat together butter and shortening until combined. Beat in sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat until light and fluffy. Slowly whip in mashed bananas, spiced rum and vanilla extract. Carefully fold dry flour mixture into wet ingredients just until combined.

Use a tablespoon to drop small blobs of cookie dough on a sheet. Bake in preheated oven just until firm -- about 7 minutes.

Cool on wire rack and serve. Makes 3 dozen.

Soft Chocolate Banana Cookie dough has a consistency similar to pudding. The cookies will flatten and spread as they bake. (Mel Barber photo -
Soft Chocolate Banana Cookie dough has a consistency similar to pudding. The cookies will flatten and spread as they bake. (Mel Barber photo - mbarber@yorkdispatch.com)

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