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banana nut bread cookies

today i had some really brown bananas that were going to go to waste and i wanted to make banana bread, but i'm very impatient when it comes to baked goods & banana bread takes a million years to bake. so i made up a recipe for cookies that resemble banana nut bread in taste and texture. they turned out very yummy so i thought i'd share it. if anyone has any guesses on what to add to this recipe that might make the cookies "crustier" on the outside that would be great. i love the crusty tops of muffins but don't know how to reproduce it in a cookie.

banana nut bread cookies

1/4 c. soy margarine
2 really brown bananas (if you have 3, use them all, just compensate with slightly more flour)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. turbinado
slightly more than 1/4 c. applesauce
1 1/2 c. flour (i used 1/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour and 1 and 1/4 c. unbleached white, but i bet they'd be fine with just unbleached white)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg (optional)
as many nuts as suits your tastes (i used about 3/4 c. pecans)

* the only drawback to these cookies was that they really wanted to stick to my non-stick cookie sheet, so i'm recommending baking them on wax paper.

preheat oven 350. in a mixing bowl, cream together margarine, bananas, sugars, and applesauce. leave as little banana lumpiness as possible. add dry ingredients. stir it around like crazy. batter will be wet, like cake batter. drop large spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. bake for approximately 11 minutes. the bottoms should be nice and brown, bordering on dark brown. cool on wire rack. enjoy with your favorite soymilk!
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