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!


1-1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup shortening
2 bananas-mashed
1 egg
1 3/4 cup quick oats

1. Preheat oven to 400 F
2. sift dry ingredients together
3. Once dry ingredients are sifted, cut in shortening
4. After shortening is completely cut in, add bananas, eggs, and oats and blend together well.
5. Spoon drops onto cookie sheet and bake at 400 F for 8-10 minutes

(Note: this is a lot softer than normal cookie dough and will not form balls, hence spoon “drops”)

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 box (16 oz.) powdered sugar

You can add more milk or powdered sugar to get it to the consistency you want it.


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  1. 1

    Okay, I have not ever tried this recipe before. Why do you keep making such awesome desserts, I feel like I have to try them all. :)

  2. 2

    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

  3. 3

    I like your Blog! Yummy! I'm following your Blog, FB & Twitter! I hope your visit! Happy Weekend! Namaste!

  4. 4

    I want to eat these right now! Oh my goodness, they look so good! :)

  5. 5

    banana cookies? never heard of this… but WOW, glad I have now!

  6. 6

    Those look yummy, love ur site. Following u back

  7. 7

    Looks fantastic!!

  8. 8

    Banana cookies sound yummy!! Great idea!!

  9. 9

    hiya nikki!thanks so much for stopping by my blog. i am now your newest follower – looking forward to catching up on your recipes.hope you have a great weekend.cheryl xox.

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    What a lovely gift from your Grandma! Family recipes really are the best, and your banana cookies look amazing!

  12. 12

    I love banana nut bread, wonder if these are just as good…guess I'll make them and see!Thanks!

  13. 13

    You've officially got my mouth watering! Thanks again for linking up!

  14. 14

    Thanks for posting on Church Supper. Now I know what to do with my rotten bananas instead of the same old banana bread!

  15. 15

    What incredible cookies! I love the fact that it is an heirloom recipe as well. I'm spotlighting your post over on my Facebook page today!Jenn

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    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!!

  17. 17

    So I just made these,.. FABULOUS! :)

  18. 18

    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.

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    These look great! I'm just wondering what can be substituted for the shortening? Thanks!

  20. 20

    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?

  21. 21

    They look awesome! Do you think they will work without oats? I have an allergy to them. :(

  22. 22

    hi i was wondering if its possible to substitute the oatmeal with something else? thanks :)

  23. 23

    Mmmmm! We just made these and ate them for our peaceful Sunday afternoon. Thanks for the fun and the yum!

  24. 24

    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

  25. 25

    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 :)

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    Wondering if anyone knows…..can the shortening be substituted with coconut oil?

  27. 27

    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!! :)

  28. 28

    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.

  29. 29

    Made these today and they are great! I am not a fan of frosting so I skipped it and they are still delicious.

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    Just made these and they are awesome:):)

  31. 31

    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

  32. 32

    Great idea, I wondered about that! The texture was OK?

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    Jessica says:

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

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    Kristin says:

    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!

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    Thank you for..just thank you. These are absolutely hands down the best cookies ever.

  36. 36

    what kind of book did your grandma gave u? care to share?

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      Chef in Training says:

      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 :)

  37. 38

    I will try this. I freeze my bananas till I need them. Good idea to add nutella!

  38. 39

    YUMMM…here’s my modified version: – soooo good!!

  39. 40

    hi , would you tell me how does the frosting make?
    Is it cooked or just blended ?

  40. 42

    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!

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    Debbie Lamarre says:

    The recipe calls for milk, now we use 0% skim milk will that make difference in this recipe and others?