When I first met Oz many years ago. He often raved about his mom's banana bread. She lives in another state and will send him loafs of banana bread for occasions such as birthdays and Christmas.
I decided to combine Oz's favorites in cookie form - banana bread and reese's pieces (I added bacon bits for my own pleasure.) He loves his mom's banana bread because it is very moist, not too sweet, and san nuts.
I baked these cookies for the 2nd annual Food Blogger Cookie Swap.
Bacon Banana Reese's Pieces Cookiesadapted from Martha Stewart
*The bacon is entirely optional. I added them to make them "Elvis"
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1 1/4 Flour
1/2 Cup soften butter
6 TBSP light brown sugar
6 TBSP sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 ripe banana lightly mashed
3/4 cup of chopped resse's pieces peanut butter cups
6-7 bacon strips (optional)
Cream the butter, eggs, vanilla extract, light brown sugar, and sugar. In a separate bowl mixed the flour, baking soda and salt.
Mix the creamed butterand flour mixture until full incorporated. Next mix the banana and lastly gently mix the Reese's Pieces.
Drop the cookies onto a greased sheet pan and bake for 10-12 mins.
*Lay bacon on a sheet pan and lightly sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake at 225 degrees for about 35 mins or until bacon is crispy and brown. Chop into small pieces.
*Press bacon pieces into tops of the cookies before putting into the oven.
A few tips (after baking over 8 dozens) - cream the butter mixture for at least 5 mins, be conservative with the cookie size pre-baked because they really expand, and the riper the banana the more moist the cookie.
The cookies have the essence of banana bread but in a cookie form. I also gave them to my friends and family and they loved it. Of course, the most important critic is Oz because I made them especially for him.