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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Banana Oatmeal Walnut and Raisin Cookies

I made some delicious banana oatmeal raisin walnut bars.  Remember my oatmeal raisin walnut bars from here:  http://missyscakesandaprons.blogspot.com/2010/04/oatmeal-raisin-walnut-bars.html ?  I wanted a cookie with bananas, so I modified this recipe.  They turned out great, in fact they would be perfect for when you are in a hurry and need to grab something quick for breakfast for you and the kids.  They are very soft and could be made into cookies instead of bars if you want to.

1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar    (or replace 1 1/3 cup palm sugar for both sugars)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 ripe bananas - mashed  (I use my potato masher for this!)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups oats(quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts
. .Preparation :

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add bananas and stir in.  Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats, walnuts and raisins; mix well.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

For cookie bars which I think are better: Bake 30 - 35 minutes in an ungreased 13x9-inch metal baking pan.

I like making them bars because it is less work, but if you have a bunch of little kids, they would probably go too fast in your house!

Happy Baking!

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