Banana Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

Feb 6th
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These little cookies taste like banana bread in a cookie! I had some leftover bananas that were getting ripe, and decided to make up this recipe for Banana, Oatmeal, Pecan, Cookies. I have been having so much fun creating new recipes, just with ingredients that I have in my refrigerator and pantry. Pete is the lucky recipient, of trying all of my new creations! These cookies are a little healthier, because I used oatmeal ground up to a flour consistency. Oh well, everything in moderation right?

gawker1My favorite pastime is to look at all the cooking blogs, and see what people have created. For years, I would copy off their recipes and never leave a comment. I honestly, never thought about how much time goes into each recipe, every photograph, and every word, that they posted. If any of you are reading this, I apologize. I know most blog posts take at least 2 to 4 hours, depending how long it takes to develop each picture. I’m trying to make up for lost time, so now, whenever I see something, that I would cook, or looks delicious, I take a moment to leave a comment. I mean, they are working really hard,  to give you something so creative, and mouth watering, it’s the least I can do! Anyway, enough of my opinions. I hope you all are staying warm this week, wherever you are. I have been freezing all day here, and it’s 60 degrees, sorry! My favorite Valentines Day memories were in grade school. I loved decorating those darling little shoe boxes for exchanging cards. I would get so excited, when I thought that a cute boy had a crush on me, and I would get a romantic card from him. Little did I know, they were generic cards, and all girls got the same cards! It was a little hard on the ego, but I sure loved those fun times!  Let me know how you intend to spend your Valentines Day? I really want to know! Pete and I are staying home and having a romantic dinner for two! You should make these delicious Banana, Oatmeal, Pecan, Cookies for your kids classes, your family, or your sweetie!

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Banana Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

Ingredients:

Recipe by Stacey Evans
Makes 2 dozen cookies

• 2 ripe bananas
• 2 sticks softened salted butter, I prefer Land O lakes, does it make a difference? I think so!
• 2 eggs
• 1 1/4 cups sugar
• 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
• 1 1/4 cups oatmeal ground up to a flour consistency, I used my Cuisinart. If you don't have a food processor you can use a blender. I also used quick cooking oats.
• 2 cups flour
• 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 cup chopped pecan chips

Ingredients for the Glaze:
• 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
• 3 Tbs. whole milk
• 1 tsp. vanilla
• red sprinkles, or your choice of sprinkles


Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Use a silpat mat or parchment paper to cover your cookie sheet.

1. With an electric mixer, mix together the bananas and butter.
2. Add eggs and mix for 2 minutes.
3. Add sugar and mix for 2 minutes
4. Add vanilla and mix for 1 minute.
5. Add oatmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt.
6. Mix until incorporated.
7. Mix in pecan chips and stir with a spoon.
8. Drop by Tbs. mounds onto cookie sheet.
9. Bake for 10 minutes.

For the Glaze:
1. Whisk the ingredients altogether until completely incorporated. With a fork, drizzle over cookies and sprinkle with red sprinkles.

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