One of the more fun cookies I developed at Provisons Bake Shop was what we dubbed “Chunky Monkey”. It speaks to comfort flavors- peanut butter, chocolate and banana, all delicious on their own but when combined they are definitely more than their individual parts! The high school senior working at the counter couldn’t get enough of them- she’d even come in on her days off to stock up!
CHUNKY MONKEY COOKIES
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 cup all purpose flour (5 oz)
1/3 cup quick oats (approximately 1 oz)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup sugar (3 ½ oz)
½ cup brown sugar (3 ½ oz)
½ cup natural peanut butter, preferably fresh ground (4 ½ oz)
1 large egg
½ tsp pure vanilla extract (or banana extract)
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1/3 cup roasted peanuts, chopped (1 ½ oz)
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips (4 oz)
Whisk together flour, oats, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
Thoroughly cream together the butter, sugars and peanut butter.
Add egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.
Add mashed banana, mix in lightly.
Add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Add peanuts and chocolate chips.
Scoop onto parchment lined baking sheets.
With wet fingertips lightly press down the dough.
Bake 10 minutes, rotate pans. If cookies are puffing up too much, gently bang pans to let out air.
Bake another 5 minutes until firm to the touch.
Yield 3 dozen cookies using a 1 ½ tablespoon size scoop.