Today will be the first Monday where I don’t mention how fast the weekend flew by. Woops, too late. Spring is definitely in the air here in the midwest and I’ve got spring fever. I’m ready to put away the boots for a while, pull out the casual flats and await summer. I just keep daydreaming about walks by the lake, sunshine and ice cream. I think we still have a few more months to wait but in the mean time I baked up some cookies that were inspired by my favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor: Chunky Monkey. I love the combination of banana ice cream, chocolate chunks and walnuts. My favorite part is the banana based ice cream and how fresh it tastes. I thought I could easily turn these into a cookie to satisfy my craving.
Preheat the oven to 375°. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt and set to the side.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the shortening, sugars, and vanilla. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and blend completely. Blend in the banana. Slowly add in the flour mixture, mixing well between each addition.
Remove the bowl from the stand of the mixer and stir in the chocolate chunks and walnuts by hand. Drop the dough onto parchment lined baking sheet by the rounded tablespoon and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 3-4 minutes before removing them from the baking sheet and placing them onto a cooling rack. This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies.