Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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Cookie Carnival: Sweet Banana Peanut Butter Cookies

Sweet Banana Peanut Butter Cookies
Today my oven was happy with me. Today Cati put on my oven gloves, touched the oven, and said "ahmm ahmm ahmm." Today I went back to my baking basics and baked cookies. I baked cookies that I knew would be crowd pleasers in my house because Alex loves peanut butter cookies and I love every combination of peanut butter and bananas.
Sweet Banana Peanut Butter Cookies
The cookies themselves were soft and chewy and had such a beautiful golden color. Cati and I munched on a couple of cookies before I got to filling them. For the filling, I kept everything the same except changing the ingredients to 1 banana, 1/4 cup cream cheese, and 1/4 cup peanut butter. I did this because I only wanted to fill half of the cookies but I actually had enough filling for nine out of the 12 cookies. You can't even taste the rum in the filling and once you eat the whole cookie sandwich, all you taste is the deliciousness of that banana-peanut butter combination.

As a random side note, we got Cati's backpack a few days ago and it is the cutest thing ever (Pottery Barn clearance, woo hoo!)! She wants absolutely nothing to do with it but I hope she grows to like it because I am dying to get a picture of her carrying it. I'm actually really excited about her starting school and meanwhile Alex is shedding tears. Ironic, huh?

For more on baking with Cookie Carnival head over to our lovely host's blog, Tami's Kitchen Table Talk.

Sweet Banana Peanut Butter Cookies
Source: Anna Olson on Food Network
Yields 12 cookie sandwiches

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 tablespoons golden brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon rum
pinch cinnamon
2 bananas, sliced
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

For cookies, preheat oven to 350° F. Cream together butter and sugars until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in peanut butter. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture and blend in. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and crisscross mark them with a floured fork. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until cookies just start to colour around the edges.

For filling, in sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add sugars and increase heat to medium-high. Stir until melted and bubbling. Add rum (watch out for flames). Add cinnamon. Stir in bananas to coat, set aside.

Cream together cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Mash bananas and add to cream cheese mixture until smooth. Chill for 20 minutes.

To assemble, fill between 2 peanut butter cookies to make sandwiches. Repeat with remaining cookies.


Tami said...

Your cookies look picture perfect! Glad you liked them.

My kids can't wait to go back to school and that makes me one happy Mom!

Love the new backpack! She will grow into loving it!!

Desi said...

Um, yum! These cookies look to-die-for delicious! And I too love Cati's pink backpack :)

Jackie said...

Stephanie, your cookies looked like they turned out delish! I also thought they were so soft and chewy and devoured a few of them before turning them into sandwich cookies. :) Looking forward to seeing how your next cookies turn out!

Fellow Cookie Carnival baker - Jackie :)