Do you ever have those days when you just really don't know what to do with yourself? Tons of energy to be worked off or is it just nervous energy seeking an outlet. Nothing really going on but still just at odds with yourself. Maybe it's coming down from such a wonderfully, exciting day yesterday or too much coffee at Starbuck's this morning??? I really can't put my finger on it...my cleaner's are here today so I am sort of sequestered to my office with the 2 dogs. Could that be it? I went to Barnes & Noble and wandered around there for a while. Nothing really caught my eye there either. Very weird feeling this is! Oh well as soon as my house is cleaned I plan on starting dinner maybe that will fix the restlessness!
Yesterday I wanted to make a nice little treat for the girls and I had seen a picture on Tastespotting that I really wanted to try and seeing as I always have banana close to rotting or in the freezer, it is really one of my favorite things to bake with. It was Banana Bread Muffin Top Cookies on The Hungry House Wife's Blog. Now of course I didn't follow the recipe perfectly because I wanted something a bit chocolaty and also a bit nutty.
Here is the recipe as written and the changes that I have made to it are in italics. The kids loved these and they were really good. Sort of a cake like texture but full of banana flavor. Next time I think I would add more cocoa powder or maybe just chocolate chips (oh...I like that one!!!). But they were very easy and almost fun to make...yep I love to bake!
Chocolate Banana Bread Muffin Top Cookies
1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 banana, peeled and mashed
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I think pecans would have been better but I had none!)
Powdered Sugar if desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper
- In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs, vanilla extract, and banana. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and cinnamon; blend thoroughly into the butter mixture to make batter. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature on cooling rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.