Monday, September 27, 2010

Banana Chip Bars

It is raining today and the weather has cooled down.

And when I mean cooled down I mean that Thursday it was 90F and today it is 56F. Yeah that is cooling.

And because I spent the night last night on a friend’s couch. She had surgery several weeks ago and wasn’t feeling well and her hubby is out of town and so I stayed there and kept her company. And you know, other people’s houses have different sounds and there was a cat that decided that she just HAD to sleep on my feet. So I didn’t sleep as well as I might have.

And I am tired and crabby.

So that means that you need a recipe for one of my favorite bar cookies. These are my childhood. Yum. They have chocolate in them.

And bananas.
And since I really don’t like bananas all that much in their natural state and definitely not in things like salad or, shiver, jello then there has to be something to do with them when they get all nice and squishy. Yes, I know I could make a smoothie with them.

Have I ever mentioned that I really, really, really don’t like smoothies? Blech.

So, you have to make these. You won’t regret it. You will be hooked.

IMG_9091AThese are all the ingredients that you will need to gather. Not that many really.

IMG_9096ADump the butter into the mixing bowl. On the day that I took these pictures it was 90F and I didn’t have the air conditioning on. The butter was really, really soft. Yum.

IMG_9097A Then there is sugar. Two kinds of sugar actually. Yes, there is a fair amount of sugar. Stop complaining and just dump it.

Fear not the sugar.

IMG_9098AI am sorry but I don’t think there are too many recipes that aren’t made better by judicious applications of butter and sugar.

I am sure that Julia Child would agree with me if she were here.

Cream the butter and sugar together until they have been married about 50 years.

IMG_9099AAdd the eggs. Remember to crack them into a bowl first and then add them. That way there are no egg shells that get incorporated into the dough. These cookies aren’t meant to be crunchy.

IMG_9100AThen add the vanilla extract. Oh it smells so good.

And just as an aside. Who grafted my mother’s hands onto my wrists.

Seriously. Those are her fingers I am telling you!!!

IMG_9103AAnd then there are the bananas. Put them into some kind of bowl and mash em’, mash em’ good. Beat them into submission

IMG_9104  You are the master of the bananas and you must tell them what to do. Add them to the butter, sugar, vanilla, egg mixture and mix.

Then you add the dry ingredients but I forgot to take a picture of that step. You all are smart and I am sure that you can do this without the pictures.

You can can’t you…….

And finally, my favorite part.

IMG_9107Oh yes, the little morsels of chocolate goodness. Dump them into the bowl and mix them in by hand. I find that if you mix them in with the mixer it doesn’t get the chips evenly distributed in the batter and it breaks the chips up a bit and you don’t want that.

When you are all done then dump the batter into a greased 9x13 pan, glass preferable, and bake them for 25-30 minutes at 350F. They should be browned on top but don’t bake them so long that they dry out.

IMG_9110Come to momma


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