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Dessert

Ingredients

Chocolate, Banana, and Pecan Cookies
  • unsalted butter,8,tablespoons / 110 grams, at room temperature and cubed,
  • granulated sugar,1/2,cup plus 2 teaspoons / 110 grams,,white-sugar
  • large egg,1,,lightly beaten,
  • all-purpose flour,1,cup / 125 grams,,
  • baking powder,1/2,teaspoon,,baking-powder
  • Dutch-processed cocoa powder,3 1/2,tablespoons / 20 grams,,
  • ground cinnamon,1/2,teaspoon,,ground-ceylon-cinnamon
  • salt,1/4,teaspoon,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • dark chocolate chips (70% cocoa solids),3/4,cup / 100 grams, or 3 1/2 / 100 grams dark chocolate cut into 1/4-inch/0.5-centimeter pieces,
  • banana,2,oz / 55 grams,mashed (about 1/2 small banana),
  • pecan halves,1 1/3 cups / 165 grams,finely chopped,,
  • confectioners' sugar,3/4,cup plus 1 tablespoon / 100 grams,,
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Chocolate, Banana, and Pecan Cookies

These were introduced by Jim Webb, an original member of the Ottolenghi team along with Sami, Noam and Yotam. Jim mostly worked on pastry, bringing with him some brilliant ideas, along with a serious knowledge of bread and viennoiserie. It was Jim’s suggestion to add banana to the dough here, both for the moisture and distinct flavor it brings. Pecans are classic, but walnuts can be used, if you prefer.

The secret here is to slightly underbake the cookies, which keeps them soft and fudgy. It’s for this reason that they’ve never become a feature in the shops, particularly in the summer, when they’d bend and break after an hour or two piled up in a bowl. There are worse things to happen, though, than to be told you need to eat a whole batch of cookies within a day or so of them being baked. — From Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. Buy this book from Indiebound or Amazon.

Reprinted with permission from Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, copyright © 2017. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photography credit: Peden + Munk © 2017

Written By Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh | Oct 24, 2018

Ingredients

Chocolate, Banana, and Pecan Cookies
  • unsalted butter,8,tablespoons / 110 grams, at room temperature and cubed,
  • granulated sugar,1/2,cup plus 2 teaspoons / 110 grams,,white-sugar
  • large egg,1,,lightly beaten,
  • all-purpose flour,1,cup / 125 grams,,
  • baking powder,1/2,teaspoon,,baking-powder
  • Dutch-processed cocoa powder,3 1/2,tablespoons / 20 grams,,
  • ground cinnamon,1/2,teaspoon,,ground-ceylon-cinnamon
  • salt,1/4,teaspoon,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • dark chocolate chips (70% cocoa solids),3/4,cup / 100 grams, or 3 1/2 / 100 grams dark chocolate cut into 1/4-inch/0.5-centimeter pieces,
  • banana,2,oz / 55 grams,mashed (about 1/2 small banana),
  • pecan halves,1 1/3 cups / 165 grams,finely chopped,,
  • confectioners' sugar,3/4,cup plus 1 tablespoon / 100 grams,,
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Step one

Place the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment in place. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, then gradually add the egg and continue to beat until incorporated. Sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt into a bowl, then add to the butter and sugar. Mix on low speed for about 15 seconds, then add the chocolate chips and banana. Beat until combined, then transfer to the fridge for 2 hours to firm up.

Step two

When firm, use your hands to form the dough into 1-inch/3-cm round balls, about 2/3 oz/20 g each; you might need to wash your hands once or twice when making them, if they get too sticky. Place the pecans in a medium bowl and drop the balls into the nuts as you form them, rolling them around so that they are completely coated and pressing the nuts in so that they stick.

Step three

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, place the cookies onto the sheet—there is no need to space them apart—and transfer to the fridge for an hour.

Step four

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step five

Place the confectioners’ sugar in a bowl and roll the cookies in the confectioners’ sugar, pressing it in as you go so that it sticks well. Place on the lined baking sheets, spaced 1 inch/2.5 cm apart, and flatten the cookies to 1/3 inch/1 cm thick.

Step six

Bake for 10 minutes. They will be soft to the touch when they come out of the oven, so allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before gently transferring to a wire rack. These can be served warm, when they will be a little gooey in the center, or set aside until completely cool.