If you’re a fan of bananas then you’ve probably tried Bananas Foster. If not here’s a little primer. The dish was first created in the 1950s in New Orleans and consists of a butter, vanilla, and rum sauce that the bananas are cooked in. Then to that you add some vanilla ice cream. This rich, sweet dish was once a staple of the brunch menu at Brennan’s, one of the restaurants owned by the man who commissioned the dish for his eateries.
While I personally think its a bit rich for so early in the day, the flavor is certainly distinctive and very fulfilling for dessert. These Bananas Foster cookies have some of that same unique flavor in them, this time in cookie format. This means that instead of having to prepare a complicated dish you can make these easy cookies ahead of time.
We use alcohol a lot less in desserts these days since the flavor can be quite strong. For these cookies you only need 2 teaspoons of rum extract to flavor the whole batch. If you love that rum flavor you can add more, but you can also add less if you find that rum isn’t your favorite.
The heart of these cookies are the ripe bananas and the vanilla in the batter, which give them that yummy sweetness of Bananas Foster.
To make these cookies you roll them into balls, then coat them in brown sugar before baking. They get this lovely brown color and crunchy exterior because of the sugar.
If you’re feeling really decadent you could crush up some cookies and use them for a topping on a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But, these cookies are also wonderful with some milk or tea. If you love the flavor of bananas then these Bananas Foster cookies are a must-try recipe.
Bananas Foster Cookies
Makes 5 dozen small cookies
25m prep time
24m cook time
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 teaspoons rum extract
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream together butter, 1 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cream cheese in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add in eggs, bananas, rum extract and vanilla extract and stir.
- In another bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and blend until just combined. Fold in oats and walnuts.
- Roll dough into balls just over an inch wide. Place remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar in a cereal bowl. Roll each dough ball in brown sugar and place on lined baking sheet about 1" apart.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies have flattened out and are beginning to crisp around the edges. Allow to cool on wire rack before serving.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.