4.72 from 25 reviews

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies

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What’s not to love about banana bread cookies?!

I’m a sucker for a good, thick slice of banana bread but sometimes the whole production of making a loaf sounds like a lot of work and time.

That’s where banana bread cookies come into play. Hello perfect hand held deliciousness that’s enjoyed for either breakfast or dessert, no judgement here!

These thick, soft, chocolate studded cookies are full of banana flavor and are light and fluffy!

cookies made with bananas on parchment paper topped with walnuts and cinnamon

The cream cheese frosting and walnuts on top make these extra special too.

It’s the best of both worlds…a cookie and banana bread! I seriously cannot wait for you to try them!

You’ll love these cookies because:

  • No chill time
  • Soft centers
  • Full of banana flavor
  • Can easily be made gluten free
  • Perfect any time of day, I know from experience 😉
  • Uses basic cookie ingredients
  • Easy to make
  • Thick, fluffy and deeply delicious!

Ingredient Notes

You’ll need 2 over ripe bananas for this recipe. This recipe is based off of my Kroll’s Kookie base and I’ve made a few adjustments.

ingredients to make cookies in small glass bowls
  • Over Ripe bananas: You’ll want your bananas ripe enough for the best results, look for the brown spotty bananas. (No green on the peel). Freckled bananas = banana bread cookie time!
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg: I love adding in these warming spices to make these cookies ultra cozy!
  • Butter: Just like all of my other cookie recipes, I use cold, unsalted butter.
  • Chocolate chips: feel free to use chocolate chunks, mini chocolate chips, semi-sweet, dark chocolate, etc.
  • Cream Cheese: You’ll need softened cream cheese to make the frosting.
  • Chopped walnuts: I love adding walnuts on top for a finishing look and it adds a nice crunch.
  • Other ingredients needed: flour, cake flour, salt, vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, powdered sugar, brown sugar, eggs.
cookies made with bananas on parchment paper topped with walnuts and cinnamon

Step by Step Directions

You’ll need a stand mixer or hand mixer to make these, but it couldn’t be easier! Let’s do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugars together
  4. Then add in the mashed bananas, egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract and blend until mixed.
  5. Gradually add in the flour mixture until ingredients are incorporated.
  6. Add in chocolate chips.
  7. The dough will be a bit sticky due to the bananas. Using floured hands and a cookie scoop, measure out 10-12 cookies. Or make smaller if preferred.
  8. Place on baking sheet & bake cookies for ~13-14minutes.
cookie dough in a glass mixing bowl

Tips and Variations

  • Use over ripe bananas: make sure they are covered in brown spots! Over ripe bananas are deliciously sweet and will give these cookies the best banana flavor.
  • How to mash bananas: Sure, you can use a fork. But using a hand mixer or even a blender creates the perfect mashed banana consistency!
  • Cool cookies completely before frosting with the cream cheese frosting.
  • Add walnuts into the cookie dough batter if you prefer. I would start with 1/2 cup and add more to your liking.
  • The dough will be pretty sticky. Use enough flour on your hands and a cookie scoop to helping with forming into cookie dough balls.

FAQ

Can I freeze banana bread cookies?

Yes! I would cool them and freeze without the cream cheese. Unfrosted cookies will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can I make them gluten free?

Yes! Replace both flours with Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 gluten free flour, it’s my favorite!

Why is my cookie dough so sticky?

The reason this cookie dough is sticky is because of the bananas. I’ve found a light dusting of flour on my hands when scooping and rolling the dough solves the issue. However, chilling the dough can also help sticky dough become more manageable to work with.

How do I prevent my cookies from sticking to the baking sheet?

I recommend using a silicone baking mat (I love Silpat mats) or a sheet of parchment paper does the trick!

What’s causing my cookies to turn out thin and flat?

Usually it’s not enough flour in the recipe or if a recipe calls for softened butter that a cookie turns out like a pancake. My recipes are tested to be thick, giant cookies so you shouldn’t run into this issue. You can always chill your cookie dough prior to baking, but since my recipes use cold butter you shouldn’t have to. Also, do not use any nonstick baking spray on your cookie sheet, that can also be a culprit.

cookies made with bananas on parchment paper topped with walnuts and cinnamon

Do you prefer banana bread with or without nuts?

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cookies made with bananas on parchment paper topped with walnuts and cinnamon
4.72 from 25 reviews

Banana Bread Cookies

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 13 minutes
Total: 23 minutes
Servings: 12 cookies
These banana bread cookies are studded with lots of chocolate chips, over ripe bananas, cinnamon, and topped with cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted, cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 over ripe bananas, mashed (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • chopped walnuts and ground cinnamon for garnish, optional

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients (flours, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, salt cinnamon, nutmeg) in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium speed until light and fluffy, ~3-4 minutes.
  • Add in mashed bananas, followed by the egg, egg yolk and vanilla until combined.
  • Add in dry ingredients, gradually until ingredients are incorporated.
  • Add in chocolate chips until combined.
  • Using floured hands and a cookie scoop, measure out ~10-12 cookies. The dough will be a bit sticky due to the bananas. The flour will help!
  • Place on prepared baking sheet & bake cookies for ~13-14 minutes.
  • Let cookies cool, then make the cream cheese frosting. Mix together the softened cream cheese and butter using a hand mixer. Then add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix until smooth. Add more powdered sugar as desired.
  • Frost cooled cookies, garnished with nuts and ground cinnamon if desired. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Sticky dough: The reason this cookie dough is sticky is because of the bananas. I’ve found a light dusting of flour on my hands when scooping and rolling the dough solves the issue. However, chilling the dough (30-60 min) can also help sticky dough become more manageable to work with. 
  • Storage: Cookies will last in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. For freezing, I recommend cooling them and freezing without the cream cheese. Unfrosted cookies will last in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie (with frosting), Calories: 441kcal (22%), Carbohydrates: 59g (20%), Protein: 5g (10%), Fat: 21g (32%), Saturated Fat: 11g (69%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 67mg (22%), Sodium: 321mg (14%), Potassium: 137mg (4%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 36g (40%), Vitamin A: 606IU (12%), Vitamin C: 2mg (2%), Calcium: 44mg (4%), Iron: 1mg (6%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Louise

I’m looking forward to making these and am curious if anyone knows how many grams/ oz per cookie? Thanks

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Krysten Devereaux

These cookies are the best cookie I’ve ever had. Oh my!! 🤩🤩 I made them week after week when I first discovered them. Amazing! (I didn’t have cake flour on hand, so I used a cup of regular flour with 2 tablespoons scooped out and replaced with cornstarch.)

Dirose

I just made these and they are delicious! I forgot to add the chocolate chips. Darn.
I added the chips on top of the frosting.
Thank you!

Amy

I love making these cookies. I add chopped walnuts to the batter for a little crunch!

Annette

These sound amazing! Would I still be able to make these cookies without using a stand mixer? I only have the kitchen aid hand held mixer or a whisk 🙁

Delanna

Hi Tawnie,
What is the texture of the icing on top when done? I’m trying to figure how I can package this cookie. TIA 🙂

Teresa

Can you make with one egg?

Emily

Literally banana bread in cookie form! I couldn’t believe the texture and how well the cream cheese frosting paired with it when I took my first bite! Loved these!

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Tara

Oh wow! Such a wonderful use for leftover bananas. I especially love the addition of the cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts on top.

Jersey Girl Cooks

I love the texture of these thick cookies. So good!