Banana Cookies

This was another “Monkey” themed food we served at my daughter’s Monkey Party!

My grandma’s cookbook really does have some of THE BEST recipes in it.  She gives each grandchild two of her cookbooks when they graduate high school to help them get started on their own.  One of these cookbooks is dedicated purely to desserts, the other is for everything else!  I have treasured these two cookbooks over the past years.  I have it on my bucket list to try at least every single recipe in these cookbooks at some point my life time (I still have a LONG way to go! haha!) I remember as a little girl, my grandma and I would always make these cookies together…probably because she knew how much I loved them!  It is also an awesome way to use up brown bananas!

4.8 from 4 reviews
Banana Cookies
Delicious cookies that taste like banana bread!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup shortening (or butter)
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1¾ cups quick oats
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 box (16 oz.) powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Sift dry ingredients together
  3. Once dry ingredients are sifted, cut in shortening (or butter).
  4. After shortening (or butter) is completely cut in, add bananas, egg, and oats and blend together well.
  5. Spoon drops onto cookie sheet and bake at 400 F for 8-10 minutes
  1. Cream butter. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. You can add more milk or powdered sugar to get it to the consistency you want it.
Note: this is a lot softer than normal cookie dough and will not form balls, hence spoon "drops"


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  1. My oh my, these sound absolutely amazing. I'm definitely giving these a go next week. (In other news, I made your Crock Pot Italian Chicken as a pie filling… absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much. Blogged about it and referenced back to you, of course). x

  2. Steph T

    Just wanted to drop by and say that my son and i made these cookies this weekend, after i started following your blog, and they are fantastic! We're in London so had to convert the measurements to metric, but all turned out ok! Your Grandma's recipe has gone transatlantic, and into my recipe book!!

  3. I made these for my children for an after school snack and they declared these cookies to be their new favorite! They seriously are the best! Yum! …They freeze great too.

    • Jennifer Sue Prekopa

      I came across this recipe on Pinterest a few days ago when looking for a banana cookie that used real bananas instead of banana flavored pudding. I made a modified version of these tonight, and they were awesome! (I used 1/3c applesauce instead of shortening, added a tbsp of corn starch to thicken them a little and keep them fresh for longer, added walnuts, and added a few chocolate chips to a few of them. Such a great alternative to banana bread! I’m going to make them next week with pumpkin instead of bananas.

  4. I just finished making these…DELICIOUS! They are fluffy and moist, and the frosting on top…wow! Can you freeze the frosting? If not, anyone know how long it will keep in the fridge?

  5. i just made these and my my frosting doesn't look like yours :( maybe I didn't whip long enough? it was real liquidy and suggestions? Cooke was awesome my boys loved it :) Thanks Micia

  6. Delicious cookies! I made them recently and I love how soft they are, even the next day. I did skip the frosting (just to limit the sugar) and added a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the dough… great addition if, like me, you love the chocolate/banana combo :)

  7. I made these today, and substituted 3/4 c. applesauce for the shortening to make them a bit healthier. They are absolutely delicious!! I will definitely be adding this recipe to my "favorites". Thanks for posting!! :)

  8. Found your blog via Pinterest! I just made these today and we all loved them! I also substituted applesauce for the shortening…trying to be somewhat healthy ;) Can't wait to try out some of your other recipes! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I made these last week and they are really good! I think I ate all but 4…and this recipe makes a good amount of cookies. I think I am going to try butter instead of shortening next time! Thanks

  10. Jessica

    Me and my 4 year old made them today! Super easy and delicious!! This recipe is a keeper!! Thanks

  11. Kristin

    I found ur blog through pinterest and am loving it! Ive tried several recipes so far which have all been super easy and delicious! And I’ve got several more on my must try list. Thanks for all the great recipes!

    • Chef in Training

      Its just two giant 3 ring binders of family recipes. She typed them all out and put them together so everyone could have a hard copy of the recipes :)

  12. Victoia

    Just found this recipe on Pintrest and it sounded so good I had to try it! It is delicious! Haven’t decided if I am going to frost them or not, tasted great without frosting. I did use the applesauce instead of the shortening so you do need to lightly grease the cookie sheet. Great recipe!

  13. Deidra

    YUM! Perfect timing too….I have bananas I need to use. Can you substitute the shortening with something else?

  14. Gail H.

    Nikki, I’m at a loss as what to use for “shortening”? I would normally use crisco, but anything else I could sub here?

  15. Mary

    My grandmother always made these for us kids and these are still being made in our family today by most of us kids. The only other ingredient that grandma added was 2 cups of chocolate chips. I have the Chiquita Banana Recipe Book that was my moms printed in 1950 which has the recipe.

  16. Lynn Doire

    These look absolutely delicious and I am defineately going to have to make these for my 14 yr old daughter. She loves anything banana and has been asking me for the past couple of days for a banana cream pie but think I’ll surprise her tomorrow after school with these. Thanks for always inspiring me to cook/bake for my family or else we’d be eating out all the time lol! Thanks again!

  17. Kaaron Sloan

    These cookies are”to die for”. My husband likes without the icing but I loved with the icing. Thank you, as this is a recipe I will keep and use..

  18. pm

    recipe calls for 1 egg. directions refer to plural ‘eggs’

    also how big are your spoon drops??

    our cookies are not flat.


      • Manuela

        Hi, well, I just made these for the very first time because I didn’t want to toss my bananas…. This are delicious cookies!!! But I have a question, I just made them for my hubby and he wont eat them all in one night, how long do they last? Should they go in the fridge, cause of the buttermilk frosting?
        Thank youuu

  19. Anci Haugerud

    Hi! I live in Norway and I’ve tried several of your recipes before. However we don’t use shortening much. Is it in liquid form in this recipe? I’ve found something to use, but it is solid, like margarine/butter. Thank you for your great recipes!

  20. Kay Hoeflich

    Can’t wait to try these, however, in the ingredients you state one egg and in the instructions you state plural eggs. Is it only one egg? Also do you bake these on a cookie sheet that is greased or not greased? Thanks so much. Can’t wait to try these.

  21. Kay Hoeflich

    Under the ingredients you say one egg however under the instructions you say eggs. Is it one or more eggs? Also do you use a greased or ungreased cookie sheet? Thank you. Can’t wait to try these.

  22. Susan

    The cookies were delicious. I did however, use butter in place of the shortening & only put a small amout of the frosting on the cookie. Wrapped in air tight container, cookies stay soft for quite some time.

  23. Kahla

    Not happy with thise recipe at all. I love to bake and this recipe did not turn out at all. Did not end up looking like the picture. The cookies did not flatten out and turned out like little pucks. Temp was to high and time was to long because they ended up burning. Waste of ingredients and time. I would not recommend trying this recipe.