It's no secret that Betty Crocker's Cooky Book is like, my favorite cookbook ever.But one of the most interesting sections? The one called "Heritage Cookies", which is introduced thusly:
Recipes we know and use today came from 'round the wrold to the thirteen isolated colonies of America. Plain and hearty cookies were the gustatory pleasure of our pioneers...though our tastes may now be trained...to select a fancy frosted cooky...these cookies of our forefathers have won an enduring place in our hearts.
The recipe for the Banana Jumbo comes from this section of the book. And though these humble cookies are flavorful on their own, I had happened to receive a sample of Sassy Sauces in the mail around the same time I made these, and I learned that they are even better with a thick dollop of milk chocolate caramel sauce. And I totally don't consider this disrespecting the original recipe, 'cos you know what? Bet our forefathers would have used the chocolate sauce too, had it been at their disposal.
Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 2 large, or 3 small, mashed very ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Make the cookies. Mix butter, sugar, and eggs thoroughly.
- Stir in the bananas, milk, and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, soda, and salt; stir in, bit by bit, until the mixture is fully combined.
- Let the dough chill for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Using an ice cream scoop, drop rounds of dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches between cookies as they will spread a bit.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges. Let cool completely on a wire sheet. Now, they are delicious as-is, but as I found out, they're even better when drizzled with some sort of glaze or frosting.