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Banana Cookies are the perfect Breakfast, Snack or Dessert! It’s my favorite Banana Bread Recipe turned into a cookie! Yum! Ready in 30 Minutes and oh so tasty!


Main image of banana cookies for recipe. 5 Cookies stacked on top of each other on a plate. Top cookie missing a bite.


These banana cookies are soft, chewy, and so easy to make! They are the perfect dessert, treat, snack, or on-the-go breakfast. 

One of the things I love most about this banana cookie recipe is that it’s actually made from my favorite banana bread recipe. They’re literally banana drop cookies from banana bread batter!

The recipe is so tasty and so versatile; loaf it, drop it, muffin it — the sky’s the limit! In this case, however, we’re going to focus on the banana bread cookies aspect of it. 


cookie batter in mixing bowl ready to be scooped


What Ingredients are in Banana Cookies?

To make these delicious and soft banana cookies, you’ll need the following ingredients: 

  • Salted butter – brought to room temperature, butter will add richness to your cookies. 
  • White sugar – This will make your cookies irresistibly sweet, while enhancing the banana flavor! 
  • Eggs – eggs are the glue that holds many baked goods together, these cookies being no exception. 
  • Salt – the best flavor enhancer we have! With salted butter, you only need a pinch. If you’re using unsalted butter, go ahead and use a ½ teaspoon. 
  • Very ripe medium bananas – the riper, the better! Overripe bananas become sweeter as the starches break down into additional sugars. You’ll get better banana flavor and more sweetening power the more ripe your bananas are. 
  • Baking soda – bananas are acidic, and the baking soda will react with the acidity of the bananas to create carbon dioxide, which give your banana muffins a nice bit of leavening. 
  • Bread flour – bread flour has more protein than all-purpose flour, so it can produce more gluten, which helps with leavening (it’s a bit of a long story).  Having said that, you can sub all-purpose flour, but it might result in a cookie that will be a little less poofy than the pictures for this recipe show. 


banana cookie batter scooped on a cookie sheet ready to go in oven.


How to make banana cookies?

Once you have your ingredients, putting together these banana bread cookies is a cinch! It really just comes down to a few quick and simple steps:

  1. Preheat the oven. I hate it when I forget this step! It sets the whole process back at least 20 minutes. 
  2. Prepare your baking sheets using parchment paper or a baking mat. You can also use non-stick foil; if you have a dark, nonstick pan remember to reduce the baking temperature by 25 degrees. 
  3. Combine the ingredients. Just a few different combination steps will have your batter ready to bake! 
  4. Drop batter onto cookie sheet. It’s really that simple. I love drop cookie recipes! 
  5. Bake cookies in the preheated oven. 
  6. Devour


cookies on cookie sheet fresh from oven


Can you make cookies out of banana bread mix?

Though I haven’t personally tried this method, as I prefer to make my banana bread and cookies from scratch, I imagine this would work as well. I would substitute softened butter if the banana bread mix calls for oil to keep things from getting too runny. 

Can you make cookies out of bananas?

Of course you can make cookies out of bananas! That’s what this entire recipe is dedicated to! And this banana cookie recipe will not disappoint.

It’s all the perfection of banana bread in cookie form. It’s literally my favorite banana bread recipe, in a drop cookie reincarnation.


cookies spread out on counter with a bananas by it.


Can you make cookies using frozen bananas?

Yes, you can absolutely use frozen bananas to make this banana cookie recipe! All you need to do is let those bananas completely thaw in the fridge before you mash them up and add them to your batter. So simple!

It’s a great way to use up frozen bananas. It’s also great to have as an option if you have very, very ripe bananas but no time to whip up a batch of bread or cookies. 

To freeze bananas, remove the peels and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. If your bananas are very ripe and somewhat mushy, you can pre-freeze them on a baking tray before placing them in a container or bag to prevent them from clumping or getting stuck together. 

How to store banana cookies?

To keep these tasty banana cookies soft and fresh, store in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for up to 4 days. 


5 cookies stacked up on a cookie sheet


Can I freeze banana cookies batter?

You can freeze banana cookie batter! But I wouldn’t recommend freezing it in a solid block. If you want to save your banana cookie batter for later baking, drop the cookies onto a parchment or waxed paper-lined baking sheet and pop it in the freezer for a good pre-freeze.

Once the batter is frozen, place the individual drops in an airtight container or bag and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

To bake, place the cookie drops on a prepared baking sheet and allow it to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before baking as usual. 


banana cookies on plate with top cookie missing a bite.


Can you freeze banana cookies?

You CAN freeze banana cookies (if they last that long)! Be sure to store in an airtight container or bag. You can freeze cooked banana cookies for 2 months. These make great on-the-go banana breakfast cookies! 


More Banana Recipes You’ll Love…


zoomed in image of cookies stacked up on plate


I’m sure once you’ve tried these sumptuous banana cookies, you’ll love them as much as we do! They make a great pop-tart or sugar cereal substitute as healthy banana cookies for breakfast! And they pack all the flavor and texture of banana bread into a convenient, handheld form. What’s not to love?!


Yield: 45 Cookies

Banana Cookies

Soft & Chewy Banana Bread Cookies - side angle of cookies on platter

Banana Cookies are the perfect Breakfast, Snack or Dessert! It's my favorite Banana Bread Recipe turned into a cookie! Yum! Ready in 30 Minutes and oh so tasty!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup salted butter , room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 very ripe medium bananas , mashed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups bread flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Prepare cookie sheets with a baking mat, non-stick foil, or parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Blend together butter and sugar for several minutes until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and salt. Scrape sides of bowl and blend again.
  5. Add bananas and baking soda. Blend again.
  6. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time until well blended.
  7. Using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, drop batter onto a prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden.
  9. Allow to cool long enough to devour!


All Purpose flour can be used with similar results, however they don't tend to be as fluffy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g
Originally Posted: January 16, 2017

Photos & Text Updated: April 10, 2021


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Thursday 29th of June 2023

Just made these, they are very easy and so delicious. Thanks for the recipe!


Thursday 28th of September 2023

So glad you liked them. Thanks for the comment Patty.


Sunday 25th of September 2022

Great recipe. I added some chocolate chips to half the recipe and pecans to the other half. Just like banana bread but in cookie form. Will make again.


Saturday 25th of April 2020

I don't know what I did wrong. Mine came out flat and tough.


Saturday 22nd of August 2020

I'm not sure. Did you substitute anything like the butter or dairy? or possibly leave out the baking soda? The baking soda is what makes them rise and puffy so I'd guess that was left out, though I can't be certain. Sorry they didn't turn out!

Elizabeth Bull

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

Does it have to be bread flour? They look and sound delicious!


Thursday 24th of October 2019

Hi Elizabeth! I've had other readers comment that they've had great success with all-purpose flour for this recipe! Enjoy!

Manuela Pacheco

Wednesday 25th of September 2019

Love this recipe, I added cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate chips, super yummy and quick


Thursday 26th of September 2019

Manuela, these are great ideas! Thanks for sharing! So glad you loved this recipe!

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