Friday, March 25, 2011

banana maple cookies

i had a few over ripe bananas this week. typically i would use them to make a favorite banana muffins but i have been really enjoying trying new recipes lately and wanted something new so i made some banana cookies. while i was scooping the cookies on the baking sheets the word "maple" didn't leave my mind.  so i decided to top the cookies with a thin maple glaze. they turned out great. here is the recipe:

banana maple cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup white sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed bananas
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups icing sugar
1 -2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon maple flavouring (you may use more if you really want a punch of maple flavor!)

preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together, and set aside.

cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. beat in the eggs and vanilla. mix in the mashed bananas. add the flour mixture, and stir until just combined. stir in the chocolate chips. drop by spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets or use a cookie scoop.

bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until bottoms are just starting to brown. do not over bake or they will be dry. cool on rack and then make icing.

to make icing put 2 cups icing sugar in a mixing bowl. add 1 - 2 tablespoons milk and flavouring and stir until a thin icing forms. to know if it is the right consistency dip your spoon into the icing a bring it out so the icing is drizzling back into the bowl. if it takes about 10 seconds for the icing to flatten out and disappear then you've got it right! add a drop of milk if it takes longer than 10 seconds and a bit more icing sugar if it shorter than 10 seconds. dip the tops of cookies into the icing and let them sit on cooling racks until the icing forms a hard shell.

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