The little minion in me is going crazy. Like how the minions sing- “Ba ba ba ba banana… ba ba ba ba bananaaaaa!” Oh those cute lil’ creatures. They are indeed adorable. Well the truth is, there were lots of bananas lying around and I couldn’t resist making these cak-ookies.
Why cak-ookies? I know…I know, the name isn’t music to the ear but I kind of find this name amusing. Well, what to do? It was the most apt name that I could think of! 😀
I was really bored of the same old banana cake and I also wanted to give a twist to the ever so famous chocolate chip cookie…. So I thought, why not combine the two?
Coming to the point, I called these cak-ookies because although it is a shaped like a cookie and has a crisp exterior, the inside is a lovely spongy cake-like texture. Now tell me, isn’t that an apt name? 😛
Ingredients: (Makes 18 large cookies)
- Soft Salted butter- 150 grams (I used salted butter because I feel it adds a depth of flavour)
- Caster sugar- 1 ¼ cup+ 2 teaspoons
- Pure vanilla extract- ½ teaspoon
- Mashed bananas- 1 cup or 300 grams (I used about 2 ½ long over-ripe bananas)
- Cinnamon powder- ½ teaspoon
- Plain flour- 2 cups or 250 grams; sifted
- Baking powder- ¾ teaspoon
- Chopped dark chocolate- ¾ cup
Preheat oven to 170°C. Beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat for about a minute until light, creamy and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. To it, add the mashed bananas and mix until well combined.
Sprinkle the cinnamon powder and mix well. Add the sifted flour, baking powder and mix till you get a sticky loose dough. Finally, add the chopped chocolate and give it a final mix.
Line the tray with parchment paper. Using two spoons or an ice cream scoop to spoon a fair amount of the dough onto one side of the parchment paper. With slightly damp hands, give it a rough round shape. Repeat for the rest making sure you space the cookies far apart. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Let the cookies cool in the tray for 6-8 minutes. Once cool, peel off the cookies and flip them over (Invert them) Bake them at 180°C for 2-3 minutes or until even the bottom has become slightly crisp.
Remove from the oven and cool them on a wire rack. These cak-ookies are best eaten the same day. They are at their best if eaten with 3 days. Store them in airtight containers. 🙂