Banana Chocolate Chip Cakies [Cavity Finder Version]

I know what you’re wondering. What is a “cakie”. Well, since I’m an awful baker I sometimes come up with cookies that are a bit puffier and a bit softer than a traditional crunchy cookie therefore I’ve nicknamed them cakies. I’m not one to complain. If it tastes good then I’m really not too particular about how it pans out. This recipe is cool for when you have left over bananas that are getting a little too ripe and are tired of making banana bread. It’s also a wicked quick fix for an aching sweet tooth. The caramel topping is completely optional but c’mon… how can you not over-indulge by putting it on?

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup salted butter, softened
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 medium-sized ripe banana
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract

8 oz caramels
1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Mix well with a wire whisk. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl blend sugars together. Add butter and blend till it forms a grainy paste.

4. Add egg, vanilla and banana. Beat at medium speed till smooth.

5. Add flour mixture and chocolate chips. Mix by hand with a wooden spoon (or blend at low speed) till just combined. Do not overmix.

6. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 20 – 23 minutes or until cakie edges start to get crispy. Transfer immediately to a cool surface when done.

Caramel Glaze:

1. Melt caramels with the cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir with a wooden spoon till smooth then remove from heat.

2. Dip a fork or spoon into the glaze and drizzle over the cakies in whatever pattern you want.

Alternate: Add 1 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the batter when you add the chocolate chips to really load them up.


11 responses

  1. Dude, drool and keyboards don’t MIX!lol I prefer soft cookies myself as the hard ones don’t do well with braces. Love the name ‘cakies’.

    If you’re lazy like me you can pop bananas in the freezer for a day before you make them and they become mush for you. Overripe bananas can be kept in the freezer for months until you’re ready to make something with them too.

    February 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    • I am definitely on the frozen banana bandwagon. They rock in smoothies as well. Don’t even have to add ice.

      February 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm

  2. These are definitely addictive…I can vouch for that…

    February 24, 2011 at 11:58 am

  3. These sound delicious, Ian…you guys haven’t steered me wrong with recipes yet! I’ll have to double the recipe though…not much flour in it, so I’m guessing if I made the regular recipe that they would be gone within a half hour at our crazy house!


    February 24, 2011 at 11:25 am

    • Good idea. The recipe can supposedly yield 4 dozen, but that’s if you’re making small human sized cookies. I’m a firm believer in meal cookies so mine tend to be bigger… but they definitely go quicker.

      February 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm

  4. Puffy cookies sound good to me. Sometimes I make cookies with cake mix to make my own cakies.

    February 24, 2011 at 8:46 am

  5. So weird you posted this today. Last night, we made banana-chocolate monkey bread! Yum!

    February 23, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    • It must be bananas in the air. 😀

      Thanks for stopping by!

      February 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm

  6. I love this! They look awesome!

    February 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    • Yeah, They’re pretty rich. Nothing healthy about these bad boys sans the bananas. 😉

      February 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm

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