Spicy Banana Cookies

Adapted from Garrett McCord via Simply Recipes

from Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy

1/2 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup of sugar 1 egg, room temperature
1 cup of mashed bananas
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 cups of flour
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
1 cup of chopped, toasted pecans
1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips
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Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
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In a bowl, mix the mashed bananas and baking soda. Let sit for 2 minutes. The baking soda will react with the acid in the bananas which in turn will give the cookies their lift and rise.
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Mix the banana mixture into the butter mixture. Mix together the flour, salt, and spices and sift into the butter and banana mixture and mix until just combined.
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Fold into the batter the pecans or chocolate chips if using. Drop in dollops onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
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Bake for 11-13 minutes or until nicely golden brown. Let cool on wire racks.
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Makes about 30 cookies.