These fluffy, soft banana bread cookies are everything you love about traditional banana bread in a quick, easy-to-make cookie. This simple recipe is the best way to use an overripe banana.
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Recently, I only had one overripe banana. I hate wasting food, so I didn’t want to just throw it away. I thought about making more 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats for my fur babies. Then I had an idea…
What if I made Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Cookies?!
So, that’s what I did. And they are DELICIOUS.
They have all the cozy flavor and soft, moist texture of my popular Simple Banana Bread. They may be even better!
What to do with overripe bananas?
Several people have asked if they can make my Simple Banana Bread recipe with only one banana. I always recommend using at least two overripe bananas for that recipe. I prefer to use three though.
This Banana Bread Cookie Recipe is my suggestion for when you only have one banana. You could, of course, double the recipe and use two bananas.
It is important to use an overripe banana though. One that is super soft and mushy with a peel that is turning brown or is already brown. The peel should also be easy to remove. It'll just slide off!
As a banana ripens, the starch in the fruit converts to sugar. This makes it sweeter with an even stronger banana flavor. That's why overripe bananas are so great for baked goods.
More Overripe Banana Recipes:
- Simple Banana Bread Recipe - Easy, Moist, & Delicious
- Simple Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Muffins
- The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe
And, if you have a dog - Easy, Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats (only 3 ingredients!)
Banana Bread Cookies Recipe
This recipe is incredibly simple. You probably already have the ingredients at home.
It can also be made in one bowl, which is my favorite type of recipe. I really hate doing dishes. 😂
The first step is to “cream” the softened butter and brown sugar together. This means mixing the two ingredients until they’re completely combined and the mixture is pale, smooth, and creamy.
Creaming creates a soft, fluffy banana bread cookie.
Next, I like to mash the overripe banana right into the butter and sugar mixture. You are welcome to mash it before adding it to the bowl though. Both ways work!
After combining all of the ingredients, the dough will be a little sticky. I use a cookie scoop to plop the dough on a prepared baking sheet.
It’s hard to roll the dough into balls, so the cookies look less uniform and have more character than other cookie recipes.
The cookies don't really spread while baking, so there’s no need to chill the dough. BUT, if you would like a prettier cookie, you could put the dough in the fridge for 20 minutes before scooping or rolling it. This will make it easier to control.
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Make them gluten free!
These banana cookies can easily be made gluten free by using gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour.
I recommend using a measure for measure gf flour like King Arthur's Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour or Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.
With this kind of gluten-free flour, you don’t need any additional ingredients or to do any math.
Simply use the same amount of flour that’s already listed in the recipe.
Chocolate Chips, Nuts, or Both?
I LOVE to make these soft banana bread cookies with chocolate chips. My family loves them this way too.
We usually use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but milk chocolate chips are great too. I haven’t tried this recipe with dark chocolate chips yet. If you do, I’d love to hear about it!
These Banana Cookies also taste great with walnuts or pecans.
If adding both chocolate chips and nuts, I recommend using 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cups nuts.
OR using 1/2 cup chocolate chips and just sprinkling the nuts on top before baking.
Banana Bread Cookies
- 1/2 cup Butter softened
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Banana overripe
- 1 Egg large
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon ground
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 1/4 cups Flour
- 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a medium mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar together.
- Add the banana and mash.
- Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
- Add the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir until just combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Drop balls of dough on a prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are set.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely.
If you made these soft Banana Bread Cookies, please comment below. I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'd also love to see your cookies! Tag @lovemischka on Instagram, FB, or Pinterest. 🙂