Banana bread meets chocolate chip cookies in this Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. These Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy to make as well as soft, chewy, AND delicious. I love whipping these up when I have overripe bananas on hand because no one can resist a chocolate chip cookie. No one. I have plenty more cookie recipes to check out too.
There’s a burst of banana bread in every bite of these banana chocolate chip cookies. These are even better though because they have milk chocolate chips stuffed in them. The cookies are soft, chewy, and the perfect spin on chocolate chip cookies.
If you need more banana chocolate chip desserts in your life, I have a Chocolate Chip Banana Bread that is amazing! It's loaded with chocolate chips, moist, and incredibly tender.
If you're a real chocolate lover, my Double Chocolate Banana Bread is where it's at. Chocolate banana bread loaded with chocolate chips!
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
After many bananas and fails, I'm proud to say I finally have a Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe that I'm pleased with. They're not sticky, don't spread too much, and have the best banana bread flavor!
To create the perfect banana bread chocolate chip cookies I made a few small changes to my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe by substituting the eggs for overripe bananas, adding additional chocolate chips, cornstarch, and additional flour.
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients
- butter - You can use salted or unsalted. Make sure the butter is room temperature but not a melty mess.
- brown sugar - I recommend light brown sugar, but dark brown sugar will work. It just adds a little extra molasses.
- granulated sugar - This makes a crispier cookie whereas the brown sugar makes a chewy cookie.
- vanilla extract - for additional flavor. You can use your favorite vanilla extract, I linked to mine.
- bananas - Make sure they're overripe or at the very least ripe. Green bananas just won't do the job.
- flour - Use the standard all-purpose flour for this recipe. The provides the perfect amount of gluten.
- baking soda - The leavening agent for the cookies.
- salt - Use regular table salt. This helps balance out the sweetness in the cookie.
- cornstarch - Cornstarch helps thicken the cookie and keeps it soft and chewy.
- chocolate chips - You can use milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, etc.
How to make Banana Cookies
Step 1 - Mash up the overripe bananas in a small bowl with a fork.
PRO TIP: Always mash the bananas before adding them to the cookies. Adding the bananas whole into the cookie dough without mashing them first will leave large chunks of banana in the dough. You will overmix the cookie dough creating a gummy cookie before you break down the bananas.
Step 2 - Add the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar to a large bowl. Beat until creamed. Add in the vanilla extract and bananas. Beat just until the bananas are worked into the dough. Mix as little as possible for the next steps to avoid a gummy cookie.
Step 3 - Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch to a medium bowl and whisk until combined.
Step 4 - Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients. Beat just until the flour is worked in. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Step 5 - Scoop the dough using a 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake until the edges are golden brown.
Can I add oatmeal to these banana chocolate chip cookies?
Yes! I would add about ¼ cup of old-fashioned rolled oats to the recipe when you add in the chocolate chips. If you want to add more old-fashioned rolled oats than just the ¼ cup, I would suggest reducing the flour by about ¼ cup for an additional ½ cup of rolled oats.
You can also add nuts to these cookies or substitute the milk chocolate chips with semi-sweet, dark chocolate, or even white chocolate.
How to freeze overripe bananas
I never know how many bananas I'm going to need for my recipes when I'm freezing my bananas, so I don't like to remove them from their peel. Instead, I pop the overripe bananas in a freezer bag, peel and all, and freeze them.
When it's time to use the bananas, you can take out however many you're going to need for your banana recipe and thaw them in a bowl on the counter or in the fridge. They will be juicy as they thaw, so the bowl is going to help catch that.
Once thawed, pull the peel back and a mushy banana puree will come out.
Other tasty recipes to make with ripe bananas:
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Add the 2 bananas to a small bowl. Using a fork, mash them up and set aside. They will turn brown if you plan on letting them sit too long. To prevent this, add a little lemon juice to the mixture.
- In a large mixing bowl, add in the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar, Beat with a hand mixer on medium until light and fluffy.
- Add in the mashed bananas and vanilla extract. Beat just until the bananas are worked in.
- In a medium bowl, add in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch, Whisk to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until the flour is worked into the cookie dough.
- Set aside ⅓ cup of the milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
- Stir in the remaining chocolate chips to the cookie dough.
- Using a 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto the prepared cookie sheet spacing them 2 inches apart.
- Add 3 to 4 chocolate chips from the reserved ⅓ cup to the tops of each ball of cookie dough.
- Place into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack or a paper towel lined counter.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)
I first posted this recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies on Iambaker.net as a contributor.