Comfort Food

Being the domestic diva I can be sometimes, I decided to share a recipe with you today for Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies. Why a recipe instead of some deep, insightful thought on life? Two reasons: 1) I need to lighten the heck up after the last two blogs; and 2) Are there any better comfort foods than bananas, chocolate chips, and cookies? I think not. (Mashed potatoes, chicken pot pie and tiramisu definitely rank in the top 10, however.)

These are moist cookies, almost bread-like (mmmmmbreadmmmmmm) and can be very “diet” friendly if you don’t make them too big.

1/3 cup butter, softened (don’t make the mistake of melting it in the microwave like I did the first time I made them)

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg (or use ¼ C Egg Beaters if you’re watching cholesterol, but if you’re making cookies, chances are you don’t care much about your cholesterol at that very moment)

1/2 cup mashed ripe banana

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli HANDS DOWN makes a better chip than Nestle or Hershey)

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, banana and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart (this is a MUST or else they glob together into one big cookie, which isn’t such a bad thing, but it makes it hard to put on the cooling rack) onto baking sheets coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes (it usually takes 3-4 minutes longer) or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 3 dozen or just a couple, depending on your mood.

We can all use a little comfort food in our lives. And we all usually have a ripe banana or two laying around the house. So why not made a batch? It might not bring world peace, but it’ll make your house smell good and your mouth and tummy very happy. As Jerry Seinfeld once said, “Look to the cookie!”

Bon appetit!

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