Being stuck at home means two things for me: reading and baking. I thought baking was out of the question, as the flat in which I live now doesn’t have an oven. But then I remembered my teeny tiny electric ‘oven’ that my Mum gave me a few years back. I rushed to dig it out from the cupboard, checked the temperature limit in a thing (up to 220 degrees Celsius!) and decided to give it a go in cookie baking craze.
It worked! Had to bake my cookies in very small batches (the oven is really small, and the baking tray fits only four medium-sized cookies), but the satisfaction was immense. These humbly-looking Banana and Chocolate Chip Cookies are my new favourite way of using old, prickly bananas, right next to the Loaded Banana Loaf, which, unfortunately, cannot be baked in the small thing that temporarily passes for an oven in my kitchen. They’re quick to make and delicious. Well, it’s not a surprise – everyone knows that the banana&chocolate is a match made in heaven.
Banana and Chocolate Chip Cookies
100g butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
2 very ripe bananas (mashed)
2 cups flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla sugar or extract
pinch of cinnamon
1 cup of dark chocolate chips (or chopped dark chocolate)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (or chopped white chocolate)
HOW TO MAKE?
1. Add butter into a large bowl and beat it with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add both sugars and continue mixing for another minute or two.
2. Add mashed bananas with a bit of flour and mix on low speed until incorporated.
3. Add flour, vanilla sugar, cinnamon and baking powder and mix until combined.
4. Using a wooden spoon, mix the chocolate chips in.
5. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for at least 45minutes (you can also leave it to chill overnight).
6. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray with parchment.
7. Take a teaspoon of the cookie dough, roll it quickly into a ball with your hands and place on the baking tray, pressing and flattening the cookie.
8. Bake for 7-9 minutes. The cookies will be still quite soft when taken out, they will harden as they cool.