Banana & Raisin Cookies

The first time I’ve made cookies this year. Mr Meike’s Kitchen’s specialty is Rock Cakes which he knocks up in no time for a quick treat. So for some reason we’ve always had supplies … until now. I’ve tied out a new recipe, changed it around a bit and ended up with these babies:

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The recipe I had was a cutting from a Somerfield magazine. That was the supermarket round the corner from my mother-in-law’s but it’s been a Coop for quite a long time now. So it’s another one of those recipes that have moved with me for some time and have survived the occasional cull. It was the £20 winner for the reader’s recipe by Donna Fordham, Suffolk and this is my version.

Ingredients
85g butter
50g brown sugar
a few drops vanilla essence
1 large egg, beaten
1 ripe banana, peeled and mashed
175g plain flour + 5g baking powder (or 175g self-raising flour)
95g raisins

You could also add some cinnamon or soak the raisins in some rum before using although Mr Meike’s Kitchen was adamant that they’re fine as they are. Which they are. I mean, they were gone within a day…

Preheat the oven 180°C.
In a bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon. Add the vanilla essence. Stir. Add the egg and banana. Stir well in. Add the flour and raisins.
With a teaspoon (mine are quite large), drop portions of the dough onto a baking tray, lined with baking parchment. I didn’t bother shaping them into balls and all that but you could, of course, do that. I had about 22 cookies, two trays.

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Bake them for about 10 minutes. Give them a few minutes on the baking tray before removing them onto a wire rack to cool completely.

… and then eat them before someone else finds out how tasty they are! 🙂

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… or hide them… 😉

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