Banana Pudding Cookie
I’m always excited to take some of the classic and traditional desserts that a lot of people grew up on and trying to come up with cool new ways to experience them. I Always have been. That and figuring out how to make some of those store bought treats we all enjoy homemade (will probably come later). I think that’s always how I’ve looked a baking as a way of being adventurous and expressing myself. Am I always successful…Well no…but its part of the fun.
Banana Pudding is another one of those tricky southern classics. I seem to be just asking for controversy. Some people swear by the cold version with whipped cream and some people swear by the warm version with the meringue nicely browned on top. Some people swear by the tried and true pudding mix in the box and some swear by the scratch made vanilla pudding. My hope is that these cookies can initiate a truce in the banana pudding wars.
My mom can be a total diva when it comes to banana pudding. Me, I can take it either way, I tend to be a go with the flow kind of girl. When I make it for her it has to be done a very specific way….its actually kind of hilarious. It has to be the cold version; she hates the warm version with a passion. The cream has to be fresh whipped cream and the bananas must be diced into tiny pieces and not sliced. The pudding is box mix all the way. She does not like the scratch made stuff at all. Since I have discovered this recipe for Homemade Vanilla wafers in the last couple of years, now the cookies have to be homemade vanilla wafers. Can somebody say “DIVA”? We only eat it around special occasions so I don’t mind the little extra effort, plus if it makes mom happy right.
So how would you feel if I said Banana Pudding that you can take anywhere and not worry about having a melty goopy mess? Stay with me people. I know you don’t believe me but this cookie actually taste just life banana pudding and if you still need the goopy try putting a scoop of Marshmallow Crème between two. Your eyes are sure to roll into the back of your head. This cookie gets it banana flavor form the addition of banana pudding mix and banana flavoring. And now I’m going to blow your mind, I put a cookie into a cookie, crushed vanilla wafers go right in to the cookie batter along with white chocolate chips.
Banana Pudding Cookie
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup cornstarch
1 box 3.5 oz. box banana cream pudding mix
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cups butter (1 ½ sticks) softened
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon banana extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup crushed Vanilla wafers or 1 ½ cup mini vanilla wafers
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, pudding mix, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and banana flavorings.
- Add the flour and pudding mixture and stir until just combined. Add the white chocolate chips and vanilla wafers.
- Using a ¼ cup scoop the cookie dough and roll into a ball. Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Slightly flatten each ball. Cover with plastic wrap and place the cookies in the fridge to chill for two hours.
- Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 350 degrees for 11 minutes.