"Use a very ripe banana; cookies are better the second day."
( not quick-cooking oats)
cool unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
packed light brown sugar
very ripe banana, mashed
( about 1/2 cup)
( bittersweet or semisweet)
Position rack in center of oven; preheat oven to 350°.
In a bowl, whisk the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt until combined; set aside.
Grease a baking sheet with butter; set aside.
In a big bowl, beat the butter and shortening, using an electric mixer on medium speed, until softened and of a uniform color, about 1 minute.
Beat in both sugars until fluffy but still a little grainy, about 1 minute.
Beat in the mashed banana and vanilla; remove beaters.
Stir in flour mixture using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until a soft, wet dough forms.
Stir in chocolate chips, just until evenly distributed.
Drop high, rounded teaspoonfuls of the dough onto prepared sheet, spacing mounds about 1 ½ inches apart.
Bake for about 12 minutes, until bumpy and lightly browned.
For best results, rotate the baking sheet back to front halfway through the baking process.
Cool cookies for 2 minutes on baking sheet; transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
Cool the baking sheet for 5 minutes before making additional cookies.
*Banana Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies—decrease the chocolate chips to 1 ½ cups; stir in 1 ½ cups dried cherries with the chips; proceed as directed.
*Banana Macadamia White Chocolate Chip Cookies—substitute 1 ½ cups chopped unsalted macadamia nuts and 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips for the chocolate chips; proceed as directed.
*Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies—decrease chocolate chips to 1 ½ cups; add 1 ½ cups chopped walnuts or pecans with the chips; proceed as directed.
*Banana White Chocolate Chip Cookies—substitute 3 cups white chocolate chips for the chocolate chips; proceed as directed.
*Tropical Chocolate Chip Cookies—substitute rum extract for the vanilla extract; decrease the chocolate chips to 1 ½ cups; add 1 cup chopped dried pineapple and ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut with the chips; proceed as directed.