Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Vanilla Frosting

adapted from: Chef-In-Training 

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

3/4 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 c. shortening

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 egg

1 3/4 c. quick oats

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Sift together dry ingredients; cut in shortening.  After shortening is completely cut in, add bananas, egg and oats.  Stir together until combined.  Spoon drops onto a cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes.  


3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened

1-3 Tbl. milk

2 tsp. vanilla

4 c. powdered sugar

pinch of salt

Whip butter until fluffy.  Gradually add the powdered sugar.  Add enough milk to reach desired consistency.  Add the vanilla and salt and mix until combined.  Spread over cooled cookies. 

Jenn's Notes: If you don't want the frosting, I thought these were delicious plain.  I loved the flavor and the texture of these.  I think I got around 36 cookies from a full batch.  I baked mine for 11-12 minutes and they were perfect. I have not tried this, but some of the reviews of these cookies said they used applesauce instead of the shortening and they turned out great.