There are many classic sandwiches featuring peanut butter. One that I never heard of until I moved to Canada is the peanut butter banana sandwich. It never occured to me to put sliced fruit between two slices of bread but the first time I ate one, I was immediately hooked. I don't eat it much anymore but it's not because I'm all grown up. Somewhere along the way, sandwich faded away from my menu when brown bag lunch at the school cafeteria made way for a piece of fruit to munch in front of the computer.
The good folks at America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country publish free recipes online every now and then. When I saw they posted the recipe for Deluxe Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Chips Cookies, I had to smile. That's the ultimate cookie with every single one of my favourite flavours crammed into one! This soft cakey cookies is enriched with cream cheese and peanut butter. It even has the signature criss cross pattern of classic peanut butter cookies! The batter contains mashed bananas but they boosted the banana quotient with crushed banana chips to pair with the dark chocolate chips. Can you say mouthwatering?
I stayed true to the recipe because all the recipes coming out of America's Test Kitchen have been exhaustively fine tuned in their search for perfection. Of course I want to know what the cookies are like as envisioned by the author. The only change I made was using smooth peanut butter instead of crunchy. I supplemented with roasted chopped peanuts to emulate.
I adore this cookie and it delivers on its promise of deluxe. The cookies are of diminuitive size compared to most drop cookies but they look so absolutely adorable. Sensible sizes if you ask me because they are rich indeed. You can't have cookies without milk, right? A cookie this special calls for special drink pairing. I served them with tall glasses of cold raw milk, well-shaken to combine the cream. I'm sharing these delectable treats with my inline skating teammates during our training camp this week. There are plenty of tough workouts in the plans and I'm sure this is a small reward we can all look forward to.