Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Banana filled Chocolate Chip Cookies

Multitasking (according to Wikipedia): The ability of a person to perform more than one task at the same time.

And what does that have to do with the cookies? Well, just to tell you they're so easy you can do a bunch of other things while making them, like I did. This of course if you are a woman and so, able to multitask. If you're a man, maybe it's better to focus and do just the cookies!

Ever since I made these cookie wrapped figs, that I've been thinking about putting other fruits inside cookies. Today I've experimented with slices of banana and chocolate chip cookie dough. It was a very nice experiment!

See the banana inside?

I had a bit of baby cereal that I wanted to use, so I decided to throw it in the cookies. I love baby cereal, you know the kind I'm talking about? That milky powder one, that smells like vanilla and crushed biscuits, and that you mix with water or milk. Don't tell me I'm the only adult eating it!

I've used Cerelac, but you can use whatever or even use your go-to chocolate chip cookie dough.

So you want the recipe?

BANANA FILLED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

  • 8 tbsp butter (114 gr)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup moscovado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup baby cereal
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 banana

Cream the butter with the sugars and add the egg and vanilla. Beat a bit until incorporated. Add all the powders (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cereal) and mix well. Lastly mix in chips. Cut the banana into slices (1/2 inch-1 cm). Drop tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet. Put a banana slice in each one and top with more dough, covering the banana. Help with wet hands if necessary. Bake in pre-heated over at 350ºF (180ºC) until golden brown (about 8-10 m).

Cookies were good, surprises are allways good and if they came in banana form inside a cookie, they're even better, don't you think? I couldn't really taste the baby cereal but the dough was pretty tasty, I'll put more next time. The cookies came out cakey and soft out of the oven, but crisped and became lighter when they cooled. I think they would be awesome with peanut butter chips as well.

Ok, you can take a bite, just be careful with my fingers!

85 comments:

Dana McCauley said...

Very inventive! I'm not sure I'd like the texture of the banana....I think this is the kind of thing I need to try to know for sure. Any chance you can pop over with a couple of cookies and a glass of milk?

sunita said...

I'm ready for a bite ;-)

Prudy said...

I'd love those little cookies, but I must admit that other than tasting to make sure it wasn't too hot-I've really never eaten the baby cereal.

VeggieGirl said...

HOLY YUM!!

Jenny said...

Ok, this is a great idea! You know I am a banana freak, so I'll be putting this on my list!

Sophie said...

When you said banana, I was expecting to see little flecks of banana all about the cookie, but this concept is much better! How yummy! It's like a cookie with a present inside :).

Ben said...

Hey! That wasn't very nice :( But the cookies look amazing! What were we talking about? :-p

Maggie said...

I loved the fig cookies so I have to give these a try. Banana a chocolate are perfect together. I bet these would be good with some chopped walnuts too.

Sharon said...

I've never had the baby cereal you mentioned, but I'd love to try these cookies nonetheless. I think it'd be good in a peanut butter cookie as well!

Tanya said...

Very cool! You are so creative! Bananas and chocolate chip go so well together, but I've never really seen them together in a cookie, especially like that!

I've never heard of that baby cereal. Probably because I don't have any kids and never had a reason to buy baby food.

Katrina said...

You really are so clever! Love it. I am primate and love all things banana. Never would have thought of this. Probably should only bake what you're going to eat at the time? Did you try any the next day?
Never would have thought of using baby cereal in a cookie!
The pb/banana combo sounds good, and just as well pb/cc/banana--even better! Yum, Rita, yum!
I'm always so happy when I read your new posts and recipes!

Lisa said...

These look so good! I love bananas and chocolate chips.

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Mari Azevedo said...

Rita, que perfeição esses cookies, minha flor.. ai, quero muitooo prová-los!!! =D
Receita anotadíssima!!
Beijos linda!!!

Shreya said...

incredible. banana inside choco chip cookies.. wish I could have a bite, nothing like combining fruit with the fav things like chocolate and cookies..:D Awesome pics..

Shreya said...

also, how long can these be stored, or are they for immediate consumption only, considering that banana is intact inside...

Jodie said...

ok, I'm not sure what baby cereal you're talking about that smells/tastes like you describe cuz all the baby cereal I've given my girls smelled AWFUL! So awful I couldn't even bring myself to taste it (hmm, now that I think of it, why did I feed that to them?). In fact, I have some in my pantry right now if you want me to send it over! :) If not, I may just have to make these cookies!

morgana said...

Las ocho y poco de la mañana y ya estoy babeando... ¡¡ Qué pinta tienen !! Con lo que me gustan a mí este tipo de galletas y lo que me gustan lo plástanos, éstas no duraban ni un asalto. ¡¡ Leche, leche, necesito leche !!

Baking Chamber said...

Wow, that's really cool! I love the idea and the flavor combination, I'm definitely going to have to try it. Can't wait to see what you make next

FFichiban said...

Yumm^^! I must try but shall add a lil bit of PB to it as well.

noble pig said...

What a great idea! You are so smart.

Mobula said...

Que ricas!!! Y la combinación de plátano con chocolate es siempre exquisita!! Gracias por la receta!!

Ana

Dee said...

Lol, you're funny. Love the idea of secret yummies inside my yummies. I love Farley's rusks :)

Anette said...

I won´t bite your fingers!!! Just the cookies!!! GOOD, VERY GOOD.
kisses

mesa para 4 said...

Socorro...esses cokies estão de desmaiar...eu dar uma trinca...jinho

Manuela © said...

De facto a maioria dos homens não consegue fazer muitas tarefas ao mesmo tempo lol

Eu adoro o sabor de CERELAC!!! Estas bolochas devem ter ficado divinas :)

Robin Sue said...

I have never heard of doing this but why not it sounds fantastic! We love banana bread at my house so I think this would go over very big here. Thanks!

Leslie said...

Love love love them! Your one smart cookie!

Adam said...

Wow, I was not expecting the banana chunks in such chunk sized proportions. Awesome job :) I'll def take some of those, and even dip them in PB, whatcha think of that?

Wait, hold on I blacked out... see what happens when I try to do too many things at once?

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Dana- Sure, I'm on my way!

Sunita- Just be careful with my fingers!

Prudy- No? Oh I love that stuff!

VG- Yum indeed!

Jenny- I knew you would like them!

Sophie- Present in cookies are the best ones!

Ben- Lol!

Maggie- Oh yes, they'll be awesome with nuts!

Sharon- I think you're right, they'll be great with pb cookies!

Tanya- I don't have kids either, I'm just one myself, ;)

Katrina- I know all about your primate qualities, lol! I did try a cookie today and they were still great. Today they're a tiny bit more chewy but that's not bad at all!

Lisa- I'm so happy you got the tshirt allready! It was fast!

Mari-Ainda bem que gostaste!

Shreya- I think they'll last about 2 days (maybe 3). I had one today and it was still very good.

Jodie- No never mind, you keep your cerea, lol!

Morgana- Ahora que sabes que vivimos cerca ya sabes, te invito pa desayunar!

B.Chamber- Hope you like them!

FF- They'll be even better!

Cathy- Thnaks! :)

Ana- Pues si, plátanos y chocolate es la ostia!

Dee- I'll have to check the Farley's rusks, I don't know them.

Anette- Lol! Thanks, I need my fingers to bake more!

Mesax4- Dá uma trinca dá, estás à vontade!

Manuela- Ainda bem que não estou sozinha a comer papinhas.

Robin Sue- I'm sure you'll like these then. They did taste a bit like choc chip banana bread. Maybe you can add a bit o cinnamon.

Leslie- Lol, thanks! Coming from the banana bread queen, that means a lot!

Adam- I say if you're gonna have a chunk you should have a big time one! Yes pb dipping will be great, but take it easy. Sure you'll handle dipping and eating at the same time?

Dawn said...

Welllllll then aren't you a clever little cookie maker.
Ms. Veggie girl does the same thing with her banana bread. Why am I clueless to using slices of whole banana in baked goods instead of mushing them up to a fine pulp?
Love these, and will make them. Thanks for sharing that clever little tip.

Suzana said...

Cautela então com os dedos! Gosto do pormenor da banana no centro e se se fazem sozinhas, então ainda melhor! ;)

Maris said...

I would never think to add baby cereal to a cookie recipe! So creative.

Natashya said...

I like the bananas in the centres, I love bananas.
I haven't cooked with baby powdered cereal - but I don't remember liking it when my babies were little - so long ago.
I do use the jarred pureed baby food, like carrots, in homemade pasta. So much easier than pureeing my own carrots!

1215656559s20768 said...

Love this idea. Love bananas and chocolate together. I've thought about stuffing choc chip cookies with banana filling before, but never with actual bananas which seems much easier. What about putting a tiny spoonful of peanut butter in there?

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm definately going to try it with banana chips!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

What a great idea I was not expecting to see a slice :) YUM

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those look so cute! I love the banana surprise on the inside - although I like figs better! ;)

Ashley said...

When you say baby cereal, does that mean that I can use the Gerber rice cereal that my daughter eats? or do you have a different kind like barley?

Katie said...

These are a great idea! And I totally get you on the multi tasking, it drives me crazy.

Katrina said...

By the way, I think that's so funny AND TRUE about multitasking and men and women! ;)

Ann said...

VERY interesting! I'm curious as to what a cooked banana would taste like. Well, I suppose a banana, but warm...duh! This sounds really good, and you could act like it's ALL healthy bc it contains fruit AFTER ALL!

chou said...

You should mess with this just a bit more and put it into a wonton shell and then fry it up. Or pan fry. Then again, why mess with perfection?

Heather said...

that looks delicious! and the pictures are so pretty! Using baby cereal is a really cool twist! I kinda thing some baby food tastes really good, too - so you are not alone ;)

Darius T. Williams said...

So, I have three things to say

1. cookies - yes
2. banana - yes
3. chocolate - yes

This rocks!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Aggie said...

Oh YUM! I really do want one please! They look delish.

Bridgett said...

I think I am in love...
These look decadent!

Reeni said...

They look so soft and yummy. I love bananas and chocolate, fantastic idea!!

Isa said...

Very multitastking indeed! Great, great recipe. Your creativity never stops to amaze me, Clumbsy Cookie!!

Kevin said...

Banana filled ccc's sound so good! just look at the banana filling!

Alexa said...

Do you keep a little note pad by the side of your bed to write down all the wonderful ideas you dream up? These cookies look wonderful. I love your different take on this classic.

ingegerd said...

yummy!Those i must try,yiu are so good at this!!

Lore said...

Definitely! Surprises are always good and really I can't thing of a better one than creamy banana inside a chocolate chip cookie :D

pipoka said...

Acabaste de me dar um excelente argumento para voltar a comer Cerelac (gugu...dada).

bjs

PS - adorei a parte do multitask...

Jeanine said...

Wow, you never cease to amaze me! Love it!

Cakespy said...

WHOA. Pleasure overload here! I love them. I would love to dig into one or twelve!

Indigo said...

I don't even like banana and this looks ridiculously tempting to me... mm...

alexandra's kitchen said...

that's so cool! what a great idea. these looks so moist and delicious

Joanna said...

I've never heard of baby cereal but I think it's hilarious that you eat it! haha these cookies are bonkers. I love them.

Steph said...

How unbelivabley creative! I must give these a try!

CookingCourtney said...

that looks good!
different, but good

kellypea said...

I'm fascinated by the addition of the baby food. I used to LOVE the potted bananas. I think I ate more than I fed my boys! Your cookies sound so yummy. Chocolate and bananas are one of my favorite combos. Very creative!

Zoe Francois said...

That is an excellent idea! They look amazing and they are practically health food! ;)

Cakebrain said...

Fantastic idea! Now you've got me wondering how they taste like and I want some! I've never tasted baby cereal and have never even thought to bake with it! what a concept!

Juliet said...

Wow. I've never seen that before. Looks great and I *love* bananas! Great idea, thanks!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

What a great idea. You have the cleverest desserts. I love chocolate and banana together, so these cookies are perfect.

Any Little Reason said...

I made a version of this using peanut butter cookie dough and they were sooooo good - such a classic combination.

Gretchen Noelle said...

This is certainly an interesting way to eat your sweets and your fruit at the same time! Creative!!

Emiline said...

You are just full of good ideas. I love banana, I love chocolate chip cookies, so I think you know how I feel.

I've always thought baby cereal looked good! I'm going to have to try it. It's probably like cream of wheat.

Peabody said...

Interesting how you just bake them in there like that...yum.

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...

Morri!...Morri!...Morri!!!!!
Cookies com cérelac é algo que me soa divino!!
Mais uma vez, esqueci-me de trazer uma embalagem de Portugal, adoro aquele pózinho mágico!:)
...Depois banana e chocolate...que mais poderia querer?!
TENHO que experimenta-las!:)

MARAVILHOSAS!!!

Megan said...

bananas and chocolate are such a great combination-and your cookies look absolutely perfect! can't wait to try these :)

Candy said...

Great idea!

monica said...

Eu queria mesmo era já provar umas quantas bolachas mas não tem outro jeito senão fazê-las primeiro! Esses pedaços de banana no meio são uma tentação! Eu adoro chocolate e banana!

Beijinhos

Vera said...

Rita, what a fabulous idea! You are a genius!

Meg said...

What a wonderful idea! Banana would taste great in a peanut butter cookie!

prettytastycakes said...

What an interesting idea. I'll have to try this sometime!

Jude said...

Had to chuckle at the cerelac, although after thinking about it, it does make sense.

Brentwood Kitchen Shopper said...

OMG this looks to die for. Need to try it. I love Banana and chocolate combos.

Parker said...

what a neat idea...looks great.

Hannah said...

This is such a great idea- the banana looks like it gets so nice and creamy in the center, too!

Kim said...

I am saving this for my grandson, he loves bananas and chocolate chip cookies. Yummy combination!

suesse-mahlzeit said...

hmm very delicious!:O :P :)

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

These have been on my mind of a while now. I have a bunch of bananas that I got yesterday.... :D

Beth said...

I baked these a few days ago, they were great! I also tried it with oatmeal cookies...I just wrote about in on my blog.

Ana Grabish said...

I Loooooooooooooooove Cerelac! Now I now I'm not the only adult to enjoy it. I go to a Portuguese grocery store in NJ on purpose to get it. I also enjoy Nestum or Pensal, just depends on the mood.