Thursday, June 14, 2012

I Couldn't Leave Well Enough Alone...

I totally went bananas.

You see, there's a time tested recipe.
Super simple.
And, it will be going into our How Fun category in the sidebar. 
(Cuz it was!)

Three ingredients.
Cake mix, an egg, a tub of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.
Mix together.
Result? 16 yummy fluffy cookies.

I couldn't leave well enough alone.

There's a special someone in our family who loves banana bread. So, I wondered. Could I take this simple recipe and make it complicated make little banana cake cookies?

Yep, apparently so.

I started with a yellow cake mix. I mushed up 2 ripe bananas. Then I added 1 egg to the cake mix. Then a smidge of cinnamon. A dash of vanilla. A whole lot of nutmeg. And, love. Oh, and 8 oz. of thawed COOL WHIP.

Side note: Sometimes I put chocolate chips in my banana bread.  This time I added a tablespoon of cocoa powder.  I don't recommend following my lead.  Chocolate chips would probably have been perfect.

Then I mixed 'em together which gave a really thick sticky batter. I used a cookie disher but an ice cream scoop or 2 spoons would have worked, too.

Usually the "3 Ingredient Cookie" recipe tells you to bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Mine took closer to 14-16 minutes. I think the added moisture from the bananas affected the time.

The cookies will crack when they are a few minutes away from cooking.  When the space in the cracks is no longer shiny, then they are likely done.  If they are still a bit shiny...wait.  I pulled a bit too soon.  They were still too moist and crumbled when the spatula touched them.  Yum!  Chef treats!  (I love it when a few break...)

TIP: If you have 2 sheet pans and 2 silpats...I would recommend just letting the cookies cool on the silpats.  (I realize that this sounds bizarre.  But, the ones I left on the silpat weren't as sticky on the bottom and held their shape better.   This recipe made about 16 good sized cookies and I was able to get them done on 2 pans.)

This is a simple enough recipe for Dad's Day.
Little fingers wold love mashing bananas. 

I really enjoyed the way the cookies turned out. Little light banana bread cookies. I was planning to make a caramel drizzle for the top - but no need. The bottom of the cookies - I guess from the banana - ended up caramelizing all by themselves!

Call me surprised!
And, happy. 

Now I know a super quick one-bowl cookie recipe that I can tweak to my heart's content. Hmm.  Strawberry banana cake cookies.  Lemon cookies with lemon zest.  Chocolate peanut butter?  I'm thinking orange chocolate next time. (Same flavors as my wedding cake.)

And, I don't want to forget...
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What flavor combo do YOU love?

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