Banana Drop Cookies Recipe

Frosted Banana Cookies

Use up overripe bananas in this pleasing banana drop cookie recipe.

30 min. prep time
48 cookies
30430 Ratings



3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 medium (1 cup) ripe bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt


2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Grated orange zest, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F.

Combine 3/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add bananas, egg, orange zest and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar and half & half. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; beat until well mixed; cool slightly.

Frost cooled cookies. Garnish with grated orange zest, if desired. Let stand until frosting is set.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 80

Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 65mg

Carbohydrates: 11g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #10943©1999Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

My family loves this recipe...even my picky daughter who does not like anything! I usually use very ripe banana's that have been stored in the freezer, and instead of adding orange zest I add a teaspoon of almond extract. The cookies are always GONE the same day I make them.
Wanted to make a soft banana cookie so put this together and noticed recipe seems off using half amts of sugar, bak soda & pwdr, salt and vanilla used in other basic recipes. After reading thru some comments saying cookie is very bland I added mini choc chips, toffee chips and some allspice and sprinkled Brown sugar in the raw before baking. Still a very lightly flavored cookie but edible with my additions. If I use recipe again, I will double ingred's except flour.
I love, love, LOVE this recipe! My children love making (and eating!) them! We like to not use frosting and put white chocolate chips in the batter. It is very good! I highly recommend you try it that way.
The more ripe the banana is the more flavor you'll get. Use one that is almost completely black and you'll end up with more flavor. Let one go completely black and you'll end up with a very strong banana taste.
I just finished making these with my girls....easy, fast and dellish....only problem was not the because of the recipe. The girls started to get anxious about eating the cookies, and the dough scoops got a little bigger than they should be ...left the cookie a little doughy in the center. The frosting brought the banana flavor out nicely. Overall would recommend this cookie for anyone,even easy enough for the first time baker.
I loved this recipe soooo much! The cookies actually taste like banana, a lot like banana bread except in cookie form! With or without the frosting you'll love it!
WOW are these good! I have no idea why others have reviewed this recipe negatively; the cookies are moist and FULL of flavor. I used 2% milk instead of half and half. After I came to a boil, I put the hot caramel into my stand mixer and whipped it for a minute before adding the powdered sugar. I then added a little more milk to thin it out. The frosting and the cookies are both knockouts. I can't wait for overripe bananas so that I can make this again.
These cookies are amazing. Very soft texture. I frosted them with a cream cheese frosting. Next time I will try this frosting recipe but they were wonderful with the cream cheese frosting too. I also added an extra banana. It is more like a tiny flat cupcake. It rises but doesn't really brown on top.
I love, love, LOVE this recipe! I have made them again and again and always to rave reviews. Pay no mind to those that feel these cookies are bland. They are delicious and get eaten up right away. I've never added the orange and use milk instead of cream and have had no problems. Make them and enjoy :)
Our family was in love a first bite and have asked for them again and again. I add 1/4 tsp of banana flavoring and it pumps the taste up a bit. The frosting is a winner too - I've used it on pound cake and apple cake and got rave reviews. jj
We loved these cookies! My grandson couldn't get enough of them. Great for a diabetic. I had trouble with the frosting setting up. I just thinned it with a little more half and half. Thumbs up for this great recipe.
If I could give this recipe a zero star I would. These cookie are boring and bland and without the frosting they tasted even worse. I used very ripe bananas and there just wasn't enough flavor and even the orange zest was faint. A waste of money/ingredients. Be sure to sift the powdered sugar first and then use a whisk to incorporate to avoid a grainy testure. Should you try this recipe please consider adding another ingredient or two such as chocolate chips and 3/4 cup of walnuts to give it a punch of flavor. Also 1-1/2 tablespoon makes a nice size vs. using a rounded teaspoon as stated, and they'll take 15 minutes to bake yielding approx. 16 cookies.
These are some of the blandest cookies I've ever tasted. They taste of nothing but flour. These are far more bland than regular sugar cookies--at least those taste of vanilla. Even the banana is only a faint undertone, and the orange might as well have not been added. These are the cookies that your elderly neighbor puts on the cookie plate. The frosting has some potential, but needs salt.

If you think that most desserts are too rich, this one might be for you. But if you LIKE rich, flavorful cookies, don't make these. There are plenty of cake-like banana cookies out there that actually taste like something.
I simply love this recipe! It's so unique and always a hit with guests of all ages. The recipe is good with or without icing. Another yummy idea is adding chocolate chips to the batch before baking.
These cookies are WONDERFUL. Watch your cooking time, or they will get dark on bottom and not as moist, but man oh man, they are so good. I'd double the frosting recipe next time. Make sure to boil the milk, sugar & butter good for a minute or so or you will get grainy frosting. Boiling = smooth frosting. FABULOUS!
whoa. this is a superstar! I didn't have butter so substituted margarine, and I am out of powdered sugar, but even without the icing this is a grand favorite now!
The cookies are absolutely delicious! The frosting, however was quite difficult just bringing the sugary concoction to a boil does not melt the sugar. Our frosting was quite grainy. After mixing in the rest of the ingredients we returned it to the stove where it become more of a sticky glaze, not at all a "frosting" and still grainy. I think a simple orange infused buttercream would suit these cookies, or mini banana breads just fine.
Final evaluation:
Cookies: excellent, not quite cookies but taste delicious
Frosting: FAIL!
I never thought of banana cookies but I WILL be making these again! Moist, easy to make, and my almost 2 year old daughter loved them!
Very yummy, but def not a cookie. It's little pieces of banana bread. But nonetheless delicious.
this is a very good flavored cookie the frosting is a little rich so I just put a little bit on . love this cookies I could eat it without frosting.
I don't add the orange zest and instead of the frosting, I add chocolate chips and crushed pecans for texture and sweetness.
We have never had banana cookies, but my husband insisted they were amazing as they were and not to put frosting on. Until he had the frosting. These cookies are amazing!
Add 2 tablespoons Sour Cream
wow! These cookies are amazing. i used orange juice and added a little cinnamon. they were moist and oh so good.
Very moist cookie good way to use up extra bananas
Awesome cookie. Great for breakfast....They are like muffin tops I cooked them about 12 minutes to make them a bit crunchier and they were still super soft inside. .Everyone loved them.......
These were so simple and delicious! Many of my friends asked for the recipe. I always tell them to use the Land o' Lakes site for all the cookie recipes. I add orange juice to the glaze as well as the rind. GREAT!
Cookies come out nice and soft. Taste like little pieces of banana bread. Loved the frosting on top, makes a wonderful addition to this great cookie. Instead of orange peel I but a tablespoon of orange juice in. I'll never throw out my overriped bananas again!
My family isn't big on banana bread, however they adore these cookies! They are nice and soft. The frosting does make them in our opinion, but they aren't bad without it. I also leave out the orange.
I have been making these cookies for years, and they always get devoured. So good!
My kids loved these cookies. They were like soft little
nuggets of banana bread! Only thing I did differently was
omit the orange and added some cinnamon instead.

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