Whatcha Makin' Now?: Banana Cookies with Frosting


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Banana Cookies with Frosting

It’s been a crazy few weeks.  My husband and I have been dedicating almost every weekend to hunting for our first home.  I have to give Jake some props – he works a TON of hours and still manages to push through and look at houses all weekend with a smile on his face (most of the time).    
The good news….the hunt is nearly complete!  Yesssss!  We have an accepted offer on a beautiful home and we are sooo excited.  We have our inspections on Tuesday and after those check out I will truly be over the moon happy.  Then I can get back to blogging and baking more regularly in our new home and kitchen.  And, I’ll have new neighbors to pawn off the baked good. 
I did recently make some delicious Banana Cookies with Frosting.  Pretty sure the frosting made them.  They are a great snack and I did eat them for breakfast for about a week….what…they have fruit in them so don’t judge. 
Banana Cookies with Frosting
From Land O Lakes website
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 medium (1 cup) ripe bananas, mashed
1 large egg
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (If no orange zest, do 1 tsp vanilla)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Grated orange zest, if desired
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine 3/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add bananas, egg, orange zest and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat until well mixed.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar and half & half. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil (1 to 2 minutes). Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; beat until well mixed; cool slightly.

Frost cooled cookies. Garnish with grated orange zest, if desired. Let stand until frosting is set.

Give these a try!  They are soft and the frosting just takes them up a notch.  Thanks for stopping by!