Banana Bread Cookies

Are you ever out somewhere and see those moms, who are obviously at their wit’s end..

With snot stains on their shirt, an “If you so much as THINK about looking at me, I will cut you” expression on their face and a kid with a kool-aid mustache trailing behind them crying?

Before I had kids I vowed never to be that mom.

Never. Ever.  Not in a million years.

I mean, “C’mon random woman…kids aren’t that hard.  I mean, there’s no reason to be so angry”, I used to think.


The universe heard my judgment…tucked it away in it’s universe-back-pocket and saved it for a rainy day.  Or a random Friday in the year 2012.

Yeah, last Friday, not only was I that random woman that I placed such harsh judgment on many years ago…I was that woman times 17.


The only difference between that woman and me, was I didn’t have snot on me.  I, unknowingly, had dried blood on my pants from when my 7 year old got a bloody nose before we left the house.  And it was super awesome, because not only did I not notice the blood until it was too late, it was BLOOD ON MY PANTS!!  Draw your own conclusions, people.

So as I was whisper-yelling at my kids, attempting to buy groceries for my family and trying nonchalantly to hide the blood stains on my pants I shape-shifted into that poor, poor woman from long ago.

The only difference between her and me, was she was WAY more pulled together.  I dreamed of only a kool-aid mustache and a few tears in that moment.  I dreamed of some crusty snot on my shoulder.  I was in full fledged “panic-in-Target” mode, while my kids bounced off the end displays and random old people looked at me in disgust saying, “Get control of your child” with only their eyes.

So moral of the story…that woman in Target who looks like a Nick Nolte mug shot, don’t judge her.  The universe is a bitch.



Moving on.


Banana Bread Cookies.

They’re comforting.  The perfect cure for a tough day at Target.


I’ve been trying to make these cookies for ages, but once I have an idea for old bananas, suddenly my family feels the need to eat their potassium.

But finally yesterday I convinced my kids to eat a box of Nerds instead of the totally mashable bananas I had on the counter.

Wow, I’m either the coolest or worst mom in history.


So mash your bananas, and mix in some other important ingredients…oil, egg, sugar, oats…


Also, as you can see I used chocolate chips in mine.  If you don’t like chocolate chips in your banana bread, you can easily sub in nuts or raisins…


Then just bake.  They’ll look pretty when they’re done.


Then…if you want to get crazy you’ll need to frost them.  Cookies with frosting are kind of my thing.

And I made a maple cream cheese frosting,  which is totally optional, but really not optional at all.


Then eat.



Banana Bread Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting


Makes about 26 cookies



  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (either dark or light)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped walnuts or raisins (I used chocolate chips)


  • 3 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup ~ or if you don’t prefer maple you can use 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Combine bananas, sugar, oil, vanilla and egg in mixing bowl. Beat until combined.
  3. Add in flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix on low until smooth.
  4. Finally pour in oats and chips, nuts or raisins. Stir until evenly incorporated.
  5. On a nonstick cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, drop batter my large tablespoon, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden and centers are set.
  7. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.


  1. In a stand mixer combine cream cheese, butter and maple syrup or extract beating until smooth.
  2. Turn mixer down to low and add in powdered sugar until just combined. Turn mixer up to medium and beat until smooth, about 1 minute.
  3. Spread a tablespoon of frosting onto each cookie.


store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Refrigerate if desired.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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75 Responses
  1. My husband and I don’t have kids yet and I have to admit, I often find myself scoffing at the loud, tantrum-y kids at Target. So that means karma is going to get me and our kids are going to be epic brats, right? Oh well, there’s always boarding school…

    And hey, cookies! These look awesome. Cakey cookies are my favorite!

  2. I once read a story about an art student who was feeling very posh and great in her new white pants, and even volunteered to be the subject for her class’s paintings that day…until she started peeking at nearby portraits and saw her classmates mixing red paint onto the canvas. She looked down, and…yup. It’s always nice to know at least that all mortification has company. Thank you for sharing this hilarious story and fun recipe!

  3. I’m with you, and I only have one who is not even a year yet. I’ve pretty much resigned myself to sporting some sort of wet spot on my shirt or my pants at all times, and the sleep deprivation leads me to want to cut people.

    Meanwhile, these cookies are looking really, really delicious. I made some banana chocolate chip cookies a couple of months ago but they were lacking something … I’m thinking frosting! Hey, at least you’re “that mom” with some really terrific ideas. 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness, you made me laugh so hard. Because it is all SO true. It’s usually at those times in Target I run in to “that other mom.” You know the type – the one who wears Chanel to school pick-up? Sigh. LOVE these cookies, like, a ton.

  5. i love that you turned this bread into a cookie!! it makes eating them that much more fun!! i don’t have kids yet but i can imagine how hard it is to just be the picture perfect mom that you always said you’d want to be or what you wouldn’t do..just too hard!

  6. Kristen

    I think you are genius with this recipe! I either make my banana breads with chocolate chips or nuts and maple syrup. This has both! Will be sure to try very soon. This cooker weather has me wanting to bake almost every night.

  7. Boy, do I ever feel your pain. I always said my kids would be clean and well groomed at all times. But just try to control a teenager’s dental hygiene habits, just try!
    I have the same trouble with bananas. The kids always eat them before they ripen enough to bake with! These cookies look spectacular.

  8. I used to stare at random mom, especially in restaurants. I taught kindergarten and first grade and talked trash about random moms. Now I have 3 children and I am random mom. Pay back is …. you know. Today in the car pick up line, I had the car off, listening to the radio, and my battery died! DEAD. Do you know how awful it is to be the mom that holds up the car line in BOTH directions because you are tapping on strangers doors asking for a set of jumper cables and then begging someone to pull their car over so I could get a jump? All this will dried food and snot on my clothes.

    I think I need a cookie!

  9. Sharon

    So, so true and much funnier because we have all been there!! I had a childless teacher once say to me, “Well, if I was a parent who cared……”. Her second son is from the Universe-back pocket! He is full of life, fun and given her a much better understanding of kids away from school 🙂

    Thanks for today’s laugh, and a wonderful new recipe!
    (Mom of four who all survived my parenting)

  10. Melissa

    Used to judge, now after child #3, not so much. Back pocket, yep, that’s where she must have been. Would love to make these cookies however, I can not stomach bananas. Sorry, the frosting however, I could eat with a spoon.

  11. Jileen

    I just love your posts! You are so real and so hilarious all that the same time. First laugh out loud I’ve had today. Thank you! And then you put up a rockin’ cookie recipe. I love your blog!

  12. elizabeth

    I love your stories and your food. I unsubscribed to a dozen food blogs recently but I will forever remain faithful to yours. You make me smile and laugh too.

  13. Amelia

    Umm, I totally feel you on the Target incident. Why do kids turn into crazy people when you are trying to grocery shop? I found your blog a little while ago and I totally love it!! I made the oreo pudding cookies this week and they were awesome. Thanks for the great recipes.

  14. Ive been on a massive banana bread fest – banana anything from cakes to breads but not cookies, not yet! These look perfect, Shelly!

    The sudden need for potassium – omg my family does that to me too!

    And the maple cream cheese frosting = YES!!!

  15. Alisha

    Yeah. After I had my first kid, who was THE EASIET baby ever born, I would totally judge the moms who were a wreck, thinking, “If you’d put that baby on a schedule, he’d be better.” Universe. Back pocket. THEN my second child was born. I have lots and lots and lots of compassion for that mom at Target now. The only reason I am not that mom at Target is because I wait until my kids are in school, then I go.

  16. LOL we have all been that mom, trust me. I remember just picking my son up around his waste, he was about three and hauling him like that, hanging sideways and I pushed the buggy and he screamed like I was killing him. yeah people were looking a few younger ones laughed, they will get there’s, trust me!

  17. Haha. I used to judge those women who had kids throwing a fit in the check out lane bribing their kids with candy bars. Then I became the mom who the ENTIRE grocery visit became “if you’re good you can pick something out”….Yeah, candy works.
    Love these cookies! And frosting is NOT optional.

  18. Give me a couple years, and I know I will be in your shoes. I know it’s coming and when it does I will think of these cookies. Speaking of these cookies …. mmmm talk about comfort! And that icing is totally necessary … I love it!

  19. I loved the story and I Too made that comment and many others in my mind when I was a young mother…and tried to uphold those darn expectations of not being ‘that’ mom, till i was a mom in my 30’s-40. Sad to say, but i could care less of the looks or attitudes, but it took alot of ignoring, and deafining of sounds to get there…needless to say, my older kids are more upset then the old folks in the stores. 😉

  20. LMAO! Oh friend. I’m so sorry. I was full on laughing at whisper-yelling and the mom/nick nolte mugshot.

    The cookies look very comforting and probably much needed after that Target trip!


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