June 13, 2011

Banana Cake Cookies with Chocolate, Walnuts, and Cardamom

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It is that time again.....time for the members of the Secret Recipe Club to finally disclose whose blog they were assigned to make something from.  I received my assignment and was surprised to find it was a blog I have not ever seen before.  Especially since as I started to read through this blog I realized that she and I are a lot alike in our tastes.  Somehow I wonder if Amanda paired me up with her because of the booze?  ;o)

My secret that I have been keeping for the last month is the blog Jam Hands written by Ali.  I love the little quote she has on the sidebar that is the inspiration for her blog.  However, I can't give it all away to you.  You must go there to read her quote and check out all the yummines (and booziness) she has there.  This is a girl right after my own heart!

I have bookmarked several of her recipes that I plan to go back and try.  The recipe I chose to make for the SRC was the Banana Cake Cookies.  I had bananas.  I also had bananas that I had too long and desperately needed to do something with them.  I considered the Impossible Banana Ice Cream - I mean, all you need is frozen bananas and a food processor.  I will however make the ice cream too.  Imagine, ice cream I can eat without getting sick.    Ali highly recommended these cookies that she found on Allrecipes.com and she gave them 5 stars..  I also read that they were soft.  Soft cookies are always a plus when feeding cookies to Grumpy.  They can only be chewy or soft.  He will not eat crunchy, hard cookies.

Banana Cake Cookies with Chocolate, Walnuts, and Cardamon
adapted from Jam Hands and allrecipes.com

Printable Recipe

1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time mixing until well blended after each addition.  Mix in bananas and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl combine cardamom - flour, add to sugar mixture stirring until just blended.  Gently fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.  The batter will be some what banana bread like - only a little firmer.  Don't worry - they will not run all over your cookie sheet (at least mine didn't!).  Scoop out tablespoons of the batter and space 2 inches apart.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until no longer wet on top.

I didn't really follow the icing recipe.  I just mixed together some confectioners sugar, a little butter extract, a little rum,  a little fat free half and half and chocolate.  Sorry for no measurements, but you can find them on the allrecipes site.  :)

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  1. These cookies were a great pick! Loving the cardamom. Fun to be in the Secret Recipe club with you :)

  2. Thank you so much for your write up of my blog Shelby Mae. I think I was perhaps in the midst of posting a back log of drink recipes when you visited, or am I really that boozy? Hah! :D

    I really like the additions you made to this original recipe. I bet the cardamom and walnuts tasted delicious.

    Have a wonderful week and thank you again for the kind words. :)

  3. these sound delcious I have been checking back, I saw you post last week and couldnt find the recipe lol! Thanks Shelby nice job~

  4. banana cake is always a big hit at home (without the nuts). I'll need to send this recipe home as well!

  5. It's always great to have lots of banana recipes because mine always seem to go bad so quickly!

  6. What a great recipe! I bet they are super moist.
    Stopping by from Secret Recipe Club.

  7. Oooh, I love banana cake - what a great idea to turn them into cookies! :)

  8. These cookies look really yummy. I love the cardamom.

  9. Amazing cookies! Great combination of flavors.

  10. I usually end up always baking banana bread with bananas. For a change that looks delicious.

  11. Bananas, cardamom, and chocolate, oh my. Those cookies must have tons of flavor.

  12. Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and HealthyJune 13, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Soft cookies are my favorite, too!

  13. These sound sooo good. I love love love banana cookies

  14. I'm enjoying my first month in the Secret Recipe Club and checking out all the blogs and recipes. Your cookies are all the flavors I love.

  15. This is a great and not very hard recipe and for sure it is delicious, so i will give it a try tomorrow. Thanks a lot for sharing with us.

  16. Ooh, I'm always looking for ways to use my overripe bananas (and at least a few always get overripe). These look great! Thanks for stopping by my blog, so glad to have found yours!

  17. Cardamom and bananas sound so good together. What a tasty cookie!

  18. I love bananas in bread, this sounds like a delicious twist!

  19. These are like mini banana cakes, and totally yummier! I love that you added cardamom to the cookies...now I know what to do with my spice stash.

  20. I've been looking for recipes using cardamom. I will be giving these a try as soon as I get a ripe banana. Also, I've read about freezing the banana and processing for ice cream. YUM and way less calories but can I add chocolate? :)

  21. What a fun recipe to try for this month's Secret Recipe Club! I love the combination of banana, chocolate and walnuts.

  22. I bought cardamom when I was on a brief Indian food kick. Now I know what else I can do with it!

  23. Banana cake cookies? what rock have I been under. I love banana cake, this one is so going on my must make immediately list!

  24. Ooh, soft banana cookies sound delicious right now!

  25. The cookies look gorgeous and delightful! Happy to be a part of SRC and get to know you :) You have a lovely space and am off to browse your recipes.

  26. The cookies look great! Great pick for the SRC! Wish I could make them but am allergic to bananas :(!


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