Soft banana cookies with a generous amount of chopped dates and coconut and a little cornmeal for an interesting texture. Soft, chewy, and delicious. (And just a 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus value per cookie.)
If you’re a fan of banana bread, cakes, and cookies, I think you are going to love these little gems.
Ripe bananas are a must so wait until your bananas have lots and lots of brown speckles! Since there’s very little fat its the mashed banana puree that keeps these cookies moist so be careful not to bake them too long or they will be dry. With most cookies it’s usually best to take them out of the oven a minute sooner than later.
- 2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated shortening such as Spectrum
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup mashed banana 1 large very ripe banana
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Position an oven rack in the center and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them.
In a large bowl, beat together the shortening and sugar with an electric mixer until well combined. Add the egg and continue beating until light creamy. Beat in the mashed banana.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and then add to the first mixture, beating until well blended.
Stir in the dates and coconut.
Arrange the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls spaced about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake until light golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
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