Soft Frosted Banana Bread Cookies

Soft Frosted Banana Bread Cookies

These Soft Frosted Banana Bread Cookies are delightful, truly. They taste a lot like a heavenly bite of banana bread with the addition of a smooth brown sugar frosting spread on top. They taste even better the second day, will make good use of any spotted bananas you have lying around and  just might qualify as my new favorite cookie. I have to admit to making the twice in the past week, I enjoy them so much.

Hope you love them!

Soft Frosted Banana Bread Cookies Jamie Cooks It Up!

Soft Frosted Banana Bread Cookies

Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 36 cookies
Recipe adapted from Jilly and Milly

3/4 C butter flavored shortening
3/4 C sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 C mashed bananas
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
2 C flour

1/2 C butter
6 Tb brown sugar
4 Tb milk
3 1/4 C powdered sugar


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream 3/4 C butter flavored shortening and 3/4 C sugar together in your stand mixer or large mixing bowl. Add 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla and beat it for an additional 2 minutes.


3. Grab a couple of bananas. You’ll want to use bananas that have brown spots all over them. Brown spotted bananas are super ripe and very sweet.


Peel the bananas and mash them. You’ll need 1 C total. Add them to the mixing bowl and beat to combine.


4. Into a small mixing bowl combine 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda and 2 C flour.


5. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix until combined. The dough will be sticky and slightly thick.


6. Spray the inside of a kitchen scoop with cooking spray.


Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray as well and scoop the dough out onto it.


7. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown along the bottoms. Remove them to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.


8. Make the frosting while the cookies are baking. Place 1/2 C butter, 6 Tb brown sugar and 4 Tb milk into a medium-sized sauce pan. Melt them together on the stove top.


9. Pour 3 1/4 C powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla and dash of salt  into the melted ingredients and whisk it well to combine. Let the frosting sit for about 10 minutes. It will continue to thicken as it cools down.


10. Frost each cookie.


Enjoy! These little cookies are even better the next day.


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  1. 1
    January 23, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I have shortening and I have butter, but I don’t have butter flavored shortening! What would you recommend I use?

    • 2
      January 24, 2015 at 7:55 am

      I would suggest sticking with the shortening on this one. Best of luck!

  2. 3
    January 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Can I substitute butter for the butter flavored shortening?

    Hoping to make this weekend. They look amazing!

    • 4
      January 24, 2015 at 7:54 am

      I haven’t ever tried it with butter, I would imagine it would work out…but the cookies won’t puff up quite as much. Best of luck to you!

      • 5
        February 3, 2019 at 9:00 am

        Butter works just fine.

  3. 6
    January 24, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I just made these! I only had regular shortening and they turned out great! So yummy! That frosting is delicious! I’m trying to figure out what else to put it on!!

  4. 7
    January 31, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I made these last night for a family get-together and they went very quickly. Everyone loved them! Great recipe :-).

  5. 8
    November 21, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    I made these the other day and didn’t have the butter flavored shortening so I used regular shortening and added a splash of butter extract. They turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’m making it again for a family gathering and doubling the recipe!

  6. 9
    September 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Just made this recipe as directed. These cookies are amazing!

    • 10
      September 20, 2016 at 7:05 am

      So happy you enjoyed them! Thanks for letting me know.

  7. 11
    December 18, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I made these but used coconut oil and coconut sugar they were amazing ?

  8. 12
    February 19, 2018 at 8:55 am

    I had some bananas that I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them. I looked on Pinterest and found this recipe for your banana cookies. So glad I made them. I only had regular shortening but they still turned out great. Everybody loves them. These are definitely on my list of favorites. Thanks for sharing.

  9. 13
    March 26, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Wow!! These turned out so delicious. My family loved these. Can’t wait for the next batch of bananas to go bad.

    • 14
      March 28, 2018 at 7:39 am

      So happy your family enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for letting me know.

  10. 15
    Courtney taylor
    September 23, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    What kinda soda do I use? Like Coca-Cola or soda water?

    • 16
      September 28, 2018 at 9:34 am

      The soda reference in this recipe refers to baking soda. Best of luck!

  11. 17
    May 25, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    I tried with regular shortening and no frosting. Just lovely!

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