|Great Winter Cookie Plate Don't you think?|
1 1/2 cups butter, melted (3 sticks)
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup mashed very ripe banana (2 medium or 3 small)
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
4 cups flour
2 cups (1 package) chocolate chips, optional
1 cup chopped nuts of your choice, optional
1/2 cup sugar for later use
Stir sugar, eggs, baking soda, and salt into the melted butter. Add the banana puree and mix thoroughly. Mix in the flour and then the chocolate chips and nuts. Cover the bowl and refrigerate it for 4 hours or up to overnight. (Just mix them up in the evening and bake them the next day.)
When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Roll the chilled dough into walnut sized balls with your hands. I use my small cookie scoop. (This dough is sticky. You can wear plastic gloves to keep the dough from from sticking. It's amazing how well the gloves work. Try it.)
Put 1/2 cup white sugar in a small bowl and roll the balls in it. Place the dough balls on a greased cookie sheet. (Or use parchment paper--my favorite.) Press them down just a little. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees, until they are lightly golden in color. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes; then move them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Makes about 5 dozen cookies.
These cookies freeze well before or after baking.