Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic. I love this classic recipe, but I also love brown butter chocolate chip cookies, salted malted chocolate chip cookies, pudding chocolate chip cookies, and these Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can never …

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic. I love this classic recipe, but I also love brown butter chocolate chip cookies, salted malted chocolate chip cookies, pudding chocolate chip cookies, and these Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can never have too many cookie recipes:) I love this recipe because the cookies are chewy, have the…

Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I know what you are probably thinking, do I really need another chocolate chip cookie recipe? I am here to tell you YES! You most certainly need this Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe because they are the best. I know there are so ma…

I know what you are probably thinking, do I really need another chocolate chip cookie recipe? I am here to tell you YES! You most certainly need this Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe because they are the best. I know there are so many “best” recipes out there, but these are our favorite and…

Big Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Big Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I have a bunch of ripe bananas, I’m usually going to turn them into banana bread or some kind of banana cake. Now I don’t know about you, but there are times when I only have one ripe banana ready for baking. And one banana isn’t …

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Big Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I have a bunch of ripe bananas, I’m usually going to turn them into banana bread or some kind of banana cake. Now I don’t know about you, but there are times when I only have one ripe banana ready for baking. And one banana isn’t usually enough for one of those recipes, so I turn from cakes to cookies and bake up a batch of Big Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies instead.

These Big Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies only need one banana to infuse them with some of the same delicious flavors that you find in banana bread. The cookie dough comes together quickly and easily for a snack that anyone who enjoys the combination of bananas and chocolate will love. I make the cookies quite large because I think that bigger cookies offer the best combination of flavors and textures with this recipe.

As is the case with many recipes that use quite a bit of banana, these are a bit lower in fat than some other cookie recipes, so they’re not a bad option if you’re looking for a slightly lighter snack option. That being said, the bananas in these cookies do not replace the fat in the dough. Butter is still needed both to give the cookies a wonderfully buttery flavor, but also to help give the cookies a crisp outer edge.

I always finish these cookies off with a sprinkle of coarse salt before popping them into the oven. While there is some salt in the cookie dough, I find that having a few flakes on top really sets off the flavor of the banana in the finished cookies. Adding the salt is completely optional and, while I do highly recommend it, you can certainly skip it if you’re not a fan of salty-sweet desserts.

The cookies are crisp on the edges and chewy in the center when the come out of the oven. After storage, they lose a little of that crispiness, becoming softer and chewier. The mashed banana in the cookies is what causes them to soften as time goes by, but it also means that the cookies remain fresh tasting longer. Store them in an airtight container if you plan to eat them with a couple of days, or stack them with parchment paper and freeze them for longer storage. They make great ice cream sandwich cookies, as well.

Big Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mashed banana (1 medium)
2 cups oatmeal (pref. quick cooking)
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
coarse salt, for topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract and mashed banana. Stir in flour mixture and oatmeal, then mix in the chocolate chips until well-distributed in the dough.
Shape dough into large 2 inch balls (approx 1/4 cup) and place on baking sheet, leaving about 3 inches between cookies to allow for spread.
Bake for 15-17 minutes, until cookies are golden brown around the edges and set in the center.-
Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 24 big cookies.

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Brown Butter Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you are wondering what you should make with the giant zucchini sitting on your counter, I have the answer, Brown Butter Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!!! Of course, you can make zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, or even zucchini fritters, o…

If you are wondering what you should make with the giant zucchini sitting on your counter, I have the answer, Brown Butter Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!!! Of course, you can make zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, or even zucchini fritters, or any of our other zucchini recipes, BUT cookies are always a good idea. If…

Brown Butter Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is a new cookie in town…Brown Butter Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookies. All of the BEST ingredients in ONE cookie. That’s right, this cookie has: Brown butter Biscoff cookie butter Chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks) Flaky sea salt I m…

There is a new cookie in town…Brown Butter Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookies. All of the BEST ingredients in ONE cookie. That’s right, this cookie has: Brown butter Biscoff cookie butter Chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks) Flaky sea salt I make A LOT of cookies and these have a special place in my heart. They are…

Chocolate Mint Oreo Cookies

Where are my chocolate mint fans at? If your hand is raised, you are in for a real treat today! These Chocolate Mint Oreo Cookies are loaded with chocolate mint goodness! If you like my Andes Mint Cookies, I know you will love these too. The cookies ar…

Where are my chocolate mint fans at? If your hand is raised, you are in for a real treat today! These Chocolate Mint Oreo Cookies are loaded with chocolate mint goodness! If you like my Andes Mint Cookies, I know you will love these too. The cookies are rich, decadent, and have a few fun…

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

I love bar desserts because they are made in one pan, easy to share, and always a hit. A few of my favorites include: Monster Cookie Bars, Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, Magic Cookie Bars, and these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars. Whenever I am craving a goo…

I love bar desserts because they are made in one pan, easy to share, and always a hit. A few of my favorites include: Monster Cookie Bars, Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, Magic Cookie Bars, and these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars. Whenever I am craving a good dessert, but don’t have a ton of time or…

Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars

Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars

Chocolate cookies are crowd pleasers any way you serve them. I bake up a variety of chocolate cookies all year round, and these Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars are a hit in any season. The brownie-like bar cookies are studded with chunks of candied ginger and are packed with both dark and …

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Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars

Chocolate cookies are crowd pleasers any way you serve them. I bake up a variety of chocolate cookies all year round, and these Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars are a hit in any season. The brownie-like bar cookies are studded with chunks of candied ginger and are packed with both dark and white chocolates, for a treat that is spicy, sweet and offers just the right amount of decadence.

Candied ginger is a great ingredient to pair with chocolate of any kind because it is so versatile. It’s warm spice is a lovely contrast for creamy white chocolate, while its sweetness adds a nice counter to the bittersweet flavors in dark chocolate. While chocolate is the star of these cookie bars, the candied ginger is what makes them both addictive and unique.

These bar cookies are brownie-like and have a deep chocolate flavor, but they have a lighter texture than a regular brownie and are a bit crispier on top. The chocolate cookie dough is similar to brownie batter. It has a relatively small amount of flour and a very generous amount of cocoa powder, and it needs to be spread into a pan to bake evenly. Be sure to use high quality dark and white chocolate in the dough for the best chocolate flavor!

Double Chocolate Candied Ginger Cookie Bars

Let the bars cool completely before slicing them. I like to line my pan with aluminum foil so that I can lift the whole batch out before slicing it. I made narrow bars and cut 30 (10 by 3) bars out of the batch. You can cut them down into slightly smaller squares or larger, more decadent, pieces, if you prefer. The bars keep well in an airtight container for at least 2 or 3 days after baking.

Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup candied ginger chips

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla extract, then stir in the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and candied ginger. Batter will be very thick.
Drop dollops of batter into pan, trying to spread it out as much as possible. Use a spatula to push the batter into an even layer (it will spread more as it bakes, so don’t worry if you can’t get it quite into the corners).
Bake for 20 minutes, or until the bars are set on the edges and they begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Allow bars to cool completely in the pan – they will sink as they cool – then use the foil to lift them out before slicing them into bars.

Makes 30 bars.

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Peppermint Bark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peppermint Bark, A Holiday Favorite It isn’t officially the holiday season until I open up a tin of Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark. It is the best peppermint bark and a MUST for December. I look forward to opening a tin every year…or two o…

Peppermint Bark, A Holiday Favorite It isn’t officially the holiday season until I open up a tin of Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark. It is the best peppermint bark and a MUST for December. I look forward to opening a tin every year…or two or three:) I can’t get enough! Peppermint bark tastes like Christmas and…

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Caramel Apple Board

This post is sponsored by Kroger. Caramel apples are a fall staple. I love making classic caramel apples, but to be honest, they are kind of hard to eat. Instead, I like to make a Caramel Apple Board, so you can dip apple slices into caramel and lots o…

This post is sponsored by Kroger. Caramel apples are a fall staple. I love making classic caramel apples, but to be honest, they are kind of hard to eat. Instead, I like to make a Caramel Apple Board, so you can dip apple slices into caramel and lots of delicious toppings! The caramel slices are…

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