Monday, November 30, 2009

Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies



The holidays are here,my uncle was moved out of ICU on thanksgiving day and awoke with a smile on his face. The liver is good, which is a great relief. Later in the day the nurses gave him two chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk he hasn't eaten much in the last few months and sweets definitely weren't among those things he did eat. but when the nurse set the cookies in front of him he gobbled them down. The holidays bring cookies and cookies bring a lot of happiness. I made these Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies a little twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookies. Their very moist and scrumptious.

Ingredients
Makes about 3 dozen
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
• 1 teaspoon coarse salt
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)
• 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
• 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped into 1/4-inch chunks
• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (about 2 ounces), toasted
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flours, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add egg and vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in banana. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chunks, and walnuts.
2. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown and just set, 12 to 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers up to 2 days.

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