Friday, 30 December 2011

Banana, peanut butter and chocolate cookies

This is my last post for 2011 and I think it's fitting that it contains most of my favourite ingredients - banana, peanut butter and chocolate!  I don't think I have to tell you how much I love baking with bananas judging by the number of banana posts on my blog. This is the second time I've tried it in a cookie and it worked beautifully. I saw this recipe on one of my favourite blogs Cupcake Crazy Gem and bookmarked it immediately.  I went out to buy a banana to ripen for this cookie and the 1 week wait was well worth it.  You get a soft, chewy cookie with the crunch from the peanut butter, the chocolatey goodness when you bite into a piece of chocolate all wrapped up in the aroma and taste of bananas.  Great excuse to eat cookies for breakfast :)

2011 has been a great year for my blog. I've made many new blogging friends and joined in many fun blogging events. I've tried lots of new recipes including making up a few of my own. I really look forward to 2012 with even more baking and blogging. I don't normally make resolutions but I'll make some 'baking/blogging' ones. Do you make resolutions and if so would you like to share them with me?

So for 2012, I want to....
1. Bake something I've never made before - macarons, bread, pie/pastry.
2. Attend a cake decorating course and learn how to make pretty things from fondant icing.
3. Reply to everyone's comments on my blog.
4. Have a new motto from a birthday present I got earlier this year....

And finally.... drum roll please..... I am very excited to announce that I will be co-hosting a new baking challenge with my friend Caroline from Caroline Makes in 2012.  Stay tuned for more details  (probably 2nd week of Jan) and I really hope that as many of you as possible will join in and bake with us.

Thank you for all your support this year. Wishing all of you a very happy, healthy and successful new year. 


 Mixing all the ingredients together

 I ran out of chocolate (gasp!) so used a mixture of milk and dark chocolate


100g light brown sugar
100g caster sugar
185g crunchy peanut butter
113g butter
1 over-ripe banana
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg 
220g plain flour
3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
100g roughly chopped milk chocolate chunks 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy.
  • Add in the peanut butter and continue mixing. 
  • Add in the vanilla, egg, bicarbonate of soda, salt and banana and mix well.
  • Next add in the flour and mix until well combined. 
  • Finally stir in the chopped chocolate chunks.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out balls of dough onto the lined baking sheet (Or use a tablespoon)
  • Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes until it is golden brown. 
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes on the tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 

(You can also chill the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes before baking for a more formed cookie)

I'm entering these delicious cookies to Bookmarked Recipes hosted by Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes 


  1. Oh wow, those look good. I love everything about them and think the mix of chocolates is a plus :)

  2. Looking forward to seeing what the baking challenge is! and I love your blogging/baking resolutions! I also love you had to wait a week for your banana to ripen to bake these cookies, certainly glad it was worth it! Happy New Year for the weekend!

  3. What fun mix-ins to your cookies! Happy New Year!

  4. Jacqueline - thanks, the chocolates are definitely a big plus :)

    Cupcake Crazy Gem - Hope you can join in our baking challenge! Thanks again for the recipe and happy new year to you too :)

    yummychunklet - thanks! Happy New Year!

  5. these look great and love the sign :-)_
    happy new year

  6. Happy New Year! Here's to a wonderful 2012 and looking forward to seeing the results of your list making :-)

  7. Happy Hogmanay, Happy New Year, Bonne année et bonne santé!

  8. Bananas, peanut butter & chocolate. Can't get any better than that!

  9. Rebecca - thanks! Happy new year to you too :)

    thelittleloaf - happy new year too. i suspect there might be a lot of baking failures for next year!

    Karen - thanks. Happy new year too x

    Janet - a great combination! I couldnt work the oreos in ;) happy new year!

  10. Happy New Year, Ros! It's been wonderful getting to know you these last few months and I look forward to an entire year of your blogging trials and deliciousness.

    I don't usually make resolutions either but this year I really would like to bake at least one loaf of bread and like you, be a better commenter to my visitors:)

    A very Happy & Healthy New Year to You and Yours! Louise:)

    Whoops, I almost forgot to "take" a cookie:) Thanks for sharing...

  11. Louise - so pleased that you dropped by, good getting to know you too! Maybe we should have a bread party next year. Hope you enjoyed the cookie :) happy new year x

  12. Yum. And I agree with your motto!

    Happy new year to you!

  13. Caked Crusader - thought you might like the motto :) Happy New Year to you too!

  14. Happy New Year! What a great recipe to end 2011.

  15. Damn i like the banana and chocolate bit but not really a fan of peanut butter lol like i've said to you before I LOVE nutella so many i'd be able to substitute nutella for the peanut butter :)


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