Enjoy these pillowy-soft banana bites with a scrumptious brown sugar glaze.
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3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 medium (1 cup) ripe bananas, mashed
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half
1 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
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, 2-3 minutes or until creamy. Add bananas, egg, 2 teaspoons 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 tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.
Melt 1/4 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup 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. Let cool.
Frost cooled cookies just before serving. Garnish with orange zest, if desired. Let stand until frosting is set.
Bananas can be “ripened” by placing in a 300°F oven 30-40 minutes or until deeply blackened and soft to the touch.
If using darker colored baking pans, these cookies may take slightly less time to bake. Start checking after 6 minutes of bake time.