Because you’re being such good sports about my last post, which in point of fact actually put ME to sleep, I thought I’d share the cookie recipe. [Also I decided to do this and then my hosting provider had a massive service crash and I was just GONE for a while and now you surely need cookies to recover.] And then you too can listen to your children whine “But I wanted CHOCOLATE CHIP!!”
This recipe started out as something else and I tweaked it here and there because that’s what I do, either because I’m making do with ingredients on hand or because I’m just being wild and crazy. (That’s me, WILD and CRAZY with BAKED GOODS. I’m the sort of person your mother warned you about.) It is now my very own recipe, so I’m not crediting anybody else.
Unless you hate them. In that case? This recipe totally came from someone else. Someone ugly and mean, in fact.
Cranberry Orange Banana Oatmeal Too Many Words In The Name Cookies
1 c. shortening
1/2 c. butter
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 c. mashed banana
3 1/2 c. rolled oats
3 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt (yes, really; don’t be afraid!)
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
some orange-flavored Craisins
Preheat oven to 350. Locate your cookie sheets. Wave the cloud of fruit flies away from the bunch of sad, black bananas. Peel and mash bananas. Reason that any fruit flies caught in the pulpy goo will likely be unnoticeable, and possibly a good source of fiber.
Cream together fats and sugars until light and fluffy. (Mmmmm… fats and sugars.) Congratulate yourself on the wise, wise addition of brown sugar even though the original recipe called for only white. Brown sugar makes everything more delicious. Add in eggs and banana pulp and incorporate well. Remind yourself that you have to stop sneaking tastes, now that the eggs are in. (Brown sugar is yummy, but salmonella is not.)
In a separate bowl, mix together remaining ingredients other than the Craisins. Add by cupsful to the wet mixture until well incorporated. Turn the mixer off and mix the Craisins in by hand. How many Craisins? Whatever’s left in the bag. Add them while the kids aren’t looking and then insist that you didn’t add anything; those must be ants. Watch children recoil in horror.
Drop by generous tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 14-16 minutes. This is a moist, cakey cookie. Don’t leave them in the oven until they look nice and crunchy because that will never happen. They will brown at the edges and along the peaks, a bit, and then they’re done. Allow to cool on the sheets for a couple of minutes before moving to cooling racks. The cookies are delicate and must be handled carefully, otherwise they will break during transfer and you’ll have to eat them. Which is tragic. Particularly the third or fourth time it happens.
Allow to cool completely and then store in an airtight container. These also freeze well, so freeze half the batch so you don’t eat them all, you pig.