In the continuous unpacking of cookbooks and kitchen paraphernalia, I discovered a much loved cookbook I had completely forgotten about! It is called The New Dr. Cookie Cookbook. It is dated 1994, so I must have bought it on a trip home. To be honest, there are not many trips I don't buy a cookbook! The idea behind this one is to make various baked goods more healthy than they normally are. Not sure I really buy the idea of a healthy cookie, but then they are just making "healthier" cookies. A much different concept.
Banana Surprise Cookies - adapted from The New Dr. Cookie Cookbook
1 large egg
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or chocolate chips
Oven temp 350F or 170C and coat grease cookie sheets or use baking parchment paper.
Add egg, brown sugar and oil into a large bowl and beat until smooth with an electric mixer.
Add bananas and beat until smooth again.
Add the remaining ingredients - except chocolate chips or nuts if using, and, using a large spoon, preferably wooden, beat until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Add nuts or chips at this point and let the batter rest for about 5 minutes.
Using a teaspoon, drop batter onto baking sheets, allowing room for cookies to spread, about 2 inches apart.
Bakke for 12 - 15 minutes and cook on a wire rack.
Yield: 48 cookies
I also forgot to take a picture of the finished product! But they look exactly like the picture taken before they were baked, only browner!
And they were delicious. A change from banana bread or muffins. I guess the surprise is that they are spicy and different from what you expect when you bite into it. Having never had a banana cookie, it was a really nice surprise.
But they don't stay fresh very long and won't be a candidate for my cookie swap. So I guess I will just have to continue to test cookies recipes until I find one I approve of!