Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are moist, chewy, dense and full of banana flavor and chocolate chips! They aren’t cake-like at all and will be your new favorite cookie!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies - dense, moist and chewy cookies full of banana and chocolate chips! Not at all cakey!
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies - dense, moist and chewy cookies full of banana and chocolate chips! Not at all cakey!

So I mentioned that the hubs was having his citizenship test and interview on Monday. I wasn’t there, but it doesn’t sound like it was the most fun thing ever.

It seems like the person that he ended up interviewing with wasn’t the most friendly. And she totally grilled him. They did the test early on and that was easy. He passed after the first 6 questions, so they moved on.

Then came the interview. When I say she grilled him, I mean she asked him some very similar questions over and over. The hubs said it seemed like she was trying to trip him up and scrutinizing him to see if he was lying.

His parents and sister have already gotten their citizenship and apparently they were easier on his mom and sister, but similarly more intense with his dad.

Everything seems to have gone fine, but she gave him no indication of if she’d need more information or not and when he might actually receive his citizenship. In fact, when he asked about when it might be, she seems to have gotten suspicious about why he was in such a hurry.

I mean seriously.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies - dense, moist and chewy cookies full of banana and chocolate chips! Not at all cakey!
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies - dense, moist and chewy cookies full of banana and chocolate chips! Not at all cakey!

I’m not going to lie – I’ve found the whole process to be kind of frustrating. And I’m not even the one going through it. And the hubs has been here for 20 years, speaks English and is basically American just since he grew up here. He doesn’t even have an accent anymore. It’s crazy to think about how difficult the system must be for someone who doesn’t have those advantages.

It’s certainly a very interesting glimpse into the system of what it’s like for people legally trying to be in our country. Not easy.

Fortunately, making these cookies is easy. And I might just need to eat an entire batch of them. Emotional eating, you know?

The hubs and I are big fans of anything banana. It was one of the first food related things we bonded over as teenagers. Our love of banana cheesecake, in particular. I always get excited about making banana treats, because I know the hubs will love them. These Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies were no exception – he LOVED them!

MY OTHER RECIPES

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies - dense, moist and chewy cookies full of banana and chocolate chips! Not at all cakey!
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies - dense, moist and chewy cookies full of banana and chocolate chips! Not at all cakey!

Last year, I made these Moist and Chewy Banana Oatmeal Cookies from my grandmother’s cookbook. They’ve been a big hit, so I decided it was time to try a non-oatmeal version and add some chocolate to the mix. I have to say, I think I like these might be even better than the oatmeal ones.

It took some experimenting to get these just right. Bananas cookies, like pumpkin cookies, tend to be more cakey. I knew I wanted a dense and chewy banana cookie. The cakey ones were delicious too, just not what I was going for.

You’ll notice that the recipe doesn’t have any eggs or leavening agents, like baking soda. Both of those contributed to the cakey consistency of the cookie, so I left them out. The result is a wonderfully dense cookie. It has a ton of banana flavor with a full cup of mashed ripe bananas in it. And all the chocolate chips were absolutely delicious. There were plenty of chocolate chips in every bite.

The hubs was very protective over these cookies. He did NOT want to share. There were a few people that got to taste them, but not many. He didn’t even want me to eat them. Of course, I wasn’t having any of that. Gimme! 🙂

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies - dense, moist and chewy cookies full of banana and chocolate chips! Not at all cakey!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 24-26 cookies

Ingredients

3/4 cup salted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix together butter, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla extract and mashed bananas until well combined.
3. Add the flour and cornstarch and mix until well combined.
4. Stir in chocolate chips. Dough will be thick and sticky.
5. Scoop 2 tbsp per cookie onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Pat scoops down a bit to flatten them out a little. They'll spread a little when baking, but not much.
6. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until edges are lightly golden. The center will still look a little undercooked, but will continue cooking and firm up as it cools.
7. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool for about a minute on cookie sheet.
8. Move cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
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Enjoy!

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