The day before our last trip, AJ asked me to prepare something to keep munching on our way. I was happy to hear that as I was waiting for a chance to bake. After a long discussion, blog hopping and browsing, I came up with a recipe for choco chip cookies.
Straight away went to my kitchen and started measuring, and mixing the ingredients. I was then chopping the nuts to fold into the mixture. There I saw a banana. The skin was half yellow and half black in colour. I was sure that this would not stay good until we returned and both of us were not in a mood to it.
I remembered that the addition of banana in the cake make it softer and moist; then why not in the cookies? I did not go for a second thought, peeled its skin off and smashed it in the mixer. I was a bit tensed until it came out of the oven but was happy to see it in good shape and was happier when AJ tasted it. His comment was "This does not taste like normal cookies, but really good and great texture". He couldn't believe that I added the banana into it.
All purpose flour -- 1 ¼ cup
Baking soda -- 1 tsp
Salt -- ½ tsp
Unsalted butter -- ½ cup
Brown Sugar -- ¾ cup
Granulated Sugar -- ¼ cup
Vanilla Essence -- 1 tsp
Ripe Banana -- 1 medium size
Semi sweet chocolate chips -- 1 cup
Chopped Nuts -- ½ cup
Preparation of Cookies:
Sift together the all purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Do this around 3 - 4 times. This will help to mix the soda and salt evenly in the flour.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line the baking tray with foil paper/ parchment paper. No need to grease it.
Mix together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until the sugars are completely blended. Add in the vanilla extract and mix well. Then add the banana, smashed using a fork or pureed in the mixer.
Add the flour spoon by spoon. Make sure that the first set is mixed well without lumps before adding the next one.
Fold in the choco chips and the chopped nuts.
Put a spoonful of the batter on the baking sheet, leaving some space in between. The cookies spread when they cook so make sure you leave enough space.
Bake the cookies for 15 - 20 min or when they turn brown.
Let it cool completely before serving or storing.