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Frosted Banana Cookies

Servings: Makes 4 dozen cookies
Use up those overripe bananas in this pleasing drop cookie. The kids will love these frosted cookies. Put a couple in their lunch box for a surprise afternoon treat!

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
2 medium (2/3 cup) ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Glaze Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons whipping cream* (see note below)
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Combine 3/4 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup butter in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add bananas, egg, orange peel 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 whipping cream. 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 (1 to 2 minutes). Frost cooled cookies.

*Note: Substitute half-and-half or milk. After beating in powdered sugar, let cool to desired spreading consistency (5 to 10 minutes).

Makes: 4 dozen cookies

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)
Calories: 80
Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 15 mg
Sodium: 65 mg
Carbohydrates: 11 g
Dietary Fiber: 0 g
Protein: 1 g

Source: Land O' Lakes
Date: November 14, 2003