The nuts in these cookies can be ground or finely chopped. For a different twist try using 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds in place of the nuts.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper.

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  • In a large bowl cream the shortening and the sugar together. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and lemon extract. Beat in the bananas and the nuts. Gradually add the flour, baking powder and salt.

  • Drop the dough by spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly colored. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

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Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

174.2 calories; 2.9 g protein; 28 g carbohydrates; 20.7 mg cholesterol; 127.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2009
This is a great little recipe especially for the kids! It's like having banana-nut bread in a cookie. I changed a few measurements and ingredients and found that the recipe worked a bit better. First I used only 1 teaspoon of baking powder--it was more than enough. Second I added close to a cup of ground walnuts I processed in the food processor. Finally instead of shortening I used butter and just a tab bit more about a tablespoon more. I pre-mixed the dry ingredients including the nuts. Since the batter was extra moist I used a spoon and knife to form generous round teaspoonfuls on the cookie sheet. Next time I'll try adding a bit more lemon extract; 1/2 teaspoon plus. These cookies are great iced especially with a thin lemon icing but also equally as good with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar or plain. This recipe is easily altered like most banana breads. ENJOY! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/07/2003
Made these for my boys this afternoon - ages 2 and 4. While they liked them I found them to be mediocre at best. The dough was more like a runny batter so the cookies came out very flat. Refrigerating the batter helped the second batch rise a bit better. I added chocolate chips which the kids loved. Nice banana flavor. Texture is more like a pancake than a cookie. They get mushy when you store them. I think I'll try another recipe next time... Read More
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70 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 3 stars
05/07/2003
Made these for my boys this afternoon - ages 2 and 4. While they liked them I found them to be mediocre at best. The dough was more like a runny batter so the cookies came out very flat. Refrigerating the batter helped the second batch rise a bit better. I added chocolate chips which the kids loved. Nice banana flavor. Texture is more like a pancake than a cookie. They get mushy when you store them. I think I'll try another recipe next time... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2009
This is a great little recipe especially for the kids! It's like having banana-nut bread in a cookie. I changed a few measurements and ingredients and found that the recipe worked a bit better. First I used only 1 teaspoon of baking powder--it was more than enough. Second I added close to a cup of ground walnuts I processed in the food processor. Finally instead of shortening I used butter and just a tab bit more about a tablespoon more. I pre-mixed the dry ingredients including the nuts. Since the batter was extra moist I used a spoon and knife to form generous round teaspoonfuls on the cookie sheet. Next time I'll try adding a bit more lemon extract; 1/2 teaspoon plus. These cookies are great iced especially with a thin lemon icing but also equally as good with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar or plain. This recipe is easily altered like most banana breads. ENJOY! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
Wow these cookies are fabulous. I make them without nuts and due to my son's egg allergy I used an egg substitute. The cookies are cakey as opposed to hard. They are so tasty and so addictive. My 9-month old daughter likes them my 3-year old son likes them and my husband inhales them as well. I've been making them every other week and have served them at meetings playgroups and more. They are always a big hit and everyone asks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2002
I used chopped pecans instead of the walnuts but I loved the cakey texture and richness of these little gems. Try them for using of over-ripe bananas instead of banana bread and you'll be pleasantly surprised! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2010
This is an ok base recipe. My cooking time was about 9-10 min. And YES these are more of a mini cake not a cookie. It is not crunch or hard at all. I doctored mine up a bit. I used butter instead of shortening as others have suggested. This cake needed some flavor. I used Almond extract instead of lemon added about 1tsp of cinnamon 1/4 to 1/2 tsp nutmeg and a sprinkle of ground ginger. They tasted amazing. I also added chopped pecans to half the batter and finished them with powdered sugar. mmmmmm. The next day we even warmed them up again and topped with a vanilla or pumpkin ice cream. Great fall treat. Chocolate chips might be good too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2004
These are awesome. They were a hit with everyone and appear to be more of a 'mini' muffin cookie than crunchy nevertheless went over very well and less chance of crumbling when packing them for storage. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2010
Pretty good cookies! Very moist. It was almost like eating banana bread. My kids loved these cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2005
These were MEGA tasty. While they do tste more like banana bread in the shape of a cookie I think they're definetly worth it. Not too difficult to make and everyone at home adored them. They expand pretty substantially so beware if you want them smaller or whatever. A good recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2002
My 6 year old helpd me make them and loved them! She wants to make more for her class at school. Read More
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