Friday, June 25, 2010

Jamilla's Banana Cookies

These are served best while dancing in "black ho night" gear around your living room. I also recommend cutting off all your hair and shoving the clippings into an old Dominos pizza box while you are waiting for them to finish baking. Its the little details that make these Jamilla's specialty. Ah, the good ol days. It has also been rumored that serving these to men will most assuredly snag you a husband (or two). So be careful who you give them to. 

Cookie Ingredients:

3/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 medium (1 cup) ripe bananas, mashed
1 LAND O LAKES™ All-Natural Farm-Fresh Egg
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Glaze Ingredients:

2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter
3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons LAND O LAKES™ Half & Half or milk
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Grated orange zest, if desired

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine 3/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add bananas, egg, orange zest and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat until well mixed.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar and half & half. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil (1 to 2 minutes). Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; beat until well mixed; cool slightly.

Frost cooled cookies. Garnish with grated orange zest, if desired. 

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