Desserts

Chunky Monkey Cookies


Posted: March 17

Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 36 servings

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Based on the perpetually popular Ben and Jerry's® ice cream flavor, Chunky Monkey Cookies are a barrel of fun flavors! Filled with banana chips, chocolate chunks, and crunchy toasted walnuts, these cookies perfectly balance sweet, salty, rich, and fruity flavors in a moist and crispy cookie. Chunky Monkey Cookies only take 45 minutes to make, so you can whip them up whenever you're craving a truly unbelievable twist on classic chocolate chip cookies. Why not serve these with their namesake ice cream for double the taste?


Ingredients

3/4 cup walnuts
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon banana extract, optional
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
3/4 cup banana chips, roughly chopped

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2

On a baking sheet, spread the walnuts evenly.

Step 3

Toast the walnuts in the warming oven until fragrant, about 10-15 minutes.

Step 4

While the walnuts are still warm, roughly chop them and set them aside.

Step 5

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 6

Combine the granulated and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl, stirring until no lumps of brown sugar remain and everything is well-incorporated.

Step 7

Add the softened butter to the bowl and cream together until a gritty and sugary paste forms.

Step 8

Mix in the eggs, one at a time, until no more egg whites remain.

Step 9

Stir in the vanilla extract and banana extract.

Step 10

In a small bowl whisk together the salt, baking soda, and flour.

Step 11

Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture and gently stir until a thick dough forms with no dry flour visible.

Step 12

Add the chocolate chunks, banana chips, and chopped walnuts, folding them into the dough until evenly incorporated. Be careful not to over-mix.

Step 13

Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon measure, portion 2 tablespoon scoops of the dough onto the prepared baking sheet spaced about 1-inch apart.

Step 14

Bake until the cookies look puffed and the edges turn a darker shade of golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.

Step 15

Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.

Step 16

Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Step 17

Continue baking in batches until all of the dough is used.

Step 18

Serve!


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