Denise's Famous Banana Cookies

I've always loved my mom's banana cookies. I can't quite make them like she does. But, they're still amazing when you've got a couple extra-ripe bananas lying around. I remember when I was a new Dietitian and I found out these were made with shortening..gasp! I would always eat them if she made them, but there's no way I could be seen purchasing Crisco! No, I don't make it a point to bake with it often. But, I've made these with coconut oil and it's not the same! If you're going to make these...then REALLY make them. I've come a long way since those days. Even Dietitians need to heal their relationship with fact, they often are the ones who need to the most. 

1 cube butter, softened

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 cup mashed bananas

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Cream butter, shortening, sugar, and eggs. Add bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add. Chill for 1 hour. Drop by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

For the frosting: 

Heat 1 cube butter over low heat until brown. Add two cups powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Stir in 2-4 TBSP hot water. Beat until spreadable. 

Devrie Pettit