Banana-Oatmeal Cookies

Banana-Oatmeal Cookies

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. almond extract or 1 tsp. vanilla extract (both are good, but if your kids’ school is nut-free, go with the vanilla)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or white whole-wheat flour

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease baking sheets with cooking spray.  Cream the butter, bananas, and sugar together until smooth.  Add the eggs and extract and mix thoroughly.  Combine the dry ingredients.  Add the flour mixture gradually to the banana mixture until fully incorporated.  Spoon the batter onto the baking sheets by rounded tablespoons (you’ll get about 3 dozen cookies) and bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown and set.

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