Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Cookies

After a week of school, i can now safely say that i'm tired.

i would like to say that i'm tired because all of the homework i have, and all of the things i have to get done (seriously, who doesn't enjoy complaining about their busy schedule?) but really, it's because i've been hanging out with friends. In the past two weeks, we've been catching up on each other's lives by watching movies, having impromptu Monday night dance parties, and watching more movies.  so that is why i'm tired:)

furthermore, since i believe the best way to connect with friends is through food, i recently purchased an industrial sized bag of chocolate chips from Costco.  if those 72 ounces don't buy a friendship i don't know what will.   in any case, you may be seeing a lot of chocolate on this blog in the coming months...

these are the chocolate chip oatmeal banana cookies i made over the weekend:)

since i always seem to have more ripe bananas than i can eat, i tend to incorporate them in my baked goods and then share them with the world.

mashed banana. the stuff that babies' dreams are made of.
anyways, these cookies were fairly simple.  they had a slightly cakier consistency than regular chocolate chip cookies, but the banana definitely added a level of moisture that you don't find in a lot of other cookies.

glitter nails!
my friend Carmen took advantage of my frantic picture-taking to show off her gorgeous glittery gold nails. oh, and if you aren't blinded by the dazzling gold spectacle, that's the cookie batter in the background.

ok, it's probably time to get back to work now.  Happy Wednesday to everyone!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Cookies:

1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 cup of mashed bananas (about 2 ½ large bananas)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 cups of flour
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2/3 cup chocolate chips
2/3 cup oatmeal

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy.  Incorporate the egg, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract sequentially.  Fold the flour mixture into the larger bowl in small increments, until all of the flour is incorporated.  Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips and oatmeal.  Spoon cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet or a silicone mat, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

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