Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies Using a Substitution

Since my last post was on different substitutions for ingredients in recipes I thought I would use one of them in a recipe. So I decided to use a recipe that I have already done and liked the way it came out. That way if the cookies came out bad I would know it was because of the substitution I used and not because of the recipe.

I think these cookies came out good! For these cookies I decided to use bananas to substitute the eggs. I was scared that you would be able to taste the banana used in the recipe, but luckily you don’t taste it at all. I also liked how the texture of the cookies came out. Last time I made this recipe the cookies came out crunchy once they cooled and they came out smooth looking on the top. But this time the cookies came out looking like they were made by Chips Ahoy or something (well that may be exaggerating a little). They were also still soft once they cooled and I love when cookies come out like that!

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/4 t. Kosher salt
3/4 t. baking soda
2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c. sugar
2/3 c. light brown sugar, packed
2 t. vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
12 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and soda. Give it a stir with a whisk and set aside.
3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter for 1 minute. Then, add both the sugars and beat for at least 2 more minutes, until mixture is completely smooth. Beat in vanilla extract, and then scrape down sides. Next, add eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition.
4. With mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in 3 portions, mixing well after each addition. Once the final portion is incorporated turn off mixer. Stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
(At this point dough can be wrapped in plastic and set in the fridge for up to 48 hours. Or, wrap the dough in plastic and an outer layer of aluminum foil and freeze for up to 2 months.)
5. Drop cookie dough by the teaspoonful on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat, bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire rack and eat while still warm!


  1. Banana substitution cookies seem very interesting and very tasty. Do you know why the cookies do not taste like banana cookie?

  2. Mmmmhh these cookies sound so good!! And I love how you substituted butter for the banana. I would have never thought of that. I also love when cookies come out soft. I think I’ll try these cookies and try them with the banana substitute. Maybe I’ll use that substitute for another recipe as well. Thanks for the tips and the recipe. But I want to know something…. How come they don’t taste like banana?

  3. Banana cookies are actually really delicious, surprisingly. I have to comment on the fact that you used unsalted butter. The baker and the chef's secret is butter. It's so delicious and creamy, ohmy. If I were to recreate these cookies, I would have to go with salted butter. My philosophy is "go big or go home." That's probably also why I have to work out a lot, haha. Anther thing I noticed was that the cookies have something else in them, perhaps white chocolate? I was just wondering.

    In other news, your cookies are gorgeous. I love looking at the pictures of all the treats you make. You're fantastic with angles and your cookies always look perfect. You could very easily sell them as they tend to look professional. And are you perhaps a photographer?

  4. This is so interesting. I was very intrigued by your substitution blog, but have been nervous to try some of them because bananas and eggs? It just doesn't seem as if bananas and eggs have anything in common? One is refrigerated and an animal and one is a fruit? It is pretty cool that it came out good. Bananas are probably a little healthier then the eggs anyways which make it even better!
    I also tried commenting on your cinnamon-bun cookies, but it did not let me! But those look delicious and I will have to make some this weekend.

  5. This is very interesting! I would've never thought that, for cookies, a substitution of eggs could be bananas. I'm guessing that the bananas give the cookies the same texture the egg would do just the the bananas makes them a little bit sweeter.
    I will try this recipe, this cookies look amazingly good.