Hump Day Treat: Drunken Banana Cookies

by Rachel on February 24, 2010

Fact: there will be minimal pictures to accompany this recipe because I made it when I was drunk. Now, I’m not saying I can’t take photos when drunk — Fact #2: I am the most photogenic drunk you will ever meet — but at this particular drunken soiree, I opted not to take many pictures.

Let me back up. Back in December, you may recall, I had a cookie party. I knew I wanted to make these cookies, but the bookmark to the recipe was broken. It had originally appeared on, somewhere in the forums, and I searched desperately but couldn’t find it. I e-mailed the site administrators begging for this recipe and they made my day — nay, my holiday season! — by finding it for me.

So, on the day of the cookie party, I was set to make these amazing cookies in the presence of all my friends.

Unfortunately, first, I made the mistletoe martini. And then my marathon-training ass drank several glasses, followed by considerable amounts of wine and — WHOOPS! — suddenly I was bombed at 3 PM on a Sunday. This led to several memorable events, most significantly when I became the first person in the history of the world to actually utilize the Facebook poke (don’t judge me). Anyway, when I wasn’t being shameless with technology, I did manage to make the cookies. How was I able to bake drunk? Because the more things you do drunk, the better you get at them. So…thanks, Michigan State!


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/2 c butter, room temperature

1 c sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 medium bananas (Either overripe or just freeze them and then thaw them for perfect banana mash!)

1 c. walnuts (optional)

Banana Frosting

2 c powdered sugar

1/4 c mashed banana

2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tablespoons milk

This Is How We Get Drunk and Do It

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter for 30 seconds. Add sugar and continue beating until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing thoroughly. Add bananas, one at a time, again beating thoroughly.

Add dry ingredients and walnuts and mix thoroughly. Drop by the spoonful, two inches apart, on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Combine all the frosting ingredients in a bowl and beat well. I always add a drop of yellow food coloring to the frosting too, to punch up the otherwise blah color.

Remove the cookies immediately from cookie sheet and cool completely before applying frosting.

Frost the cookies and refrigerate whatever is left after you’ve stuffed most of them in your mouth.

Not to get all Kanye on you, but these are the best cookies of all time.

Seriously, these cookies are incredible. I usually make them at the holidays to give to people because they are just so memorable. I feel like banana cookies, while genius, are not exactly common! So I’m here to change that.

And…you can make them when you’re drunk! Happy Hump Day!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth February 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Those look FANTASTIC! I am sticking bananas in the freezer right now so that I can make these later in the week!


2 PT Girl February 24, 2010 at 6:50 pm

oh wow!!! You make baking sound like so much fun. Perhaps, I’ll skip my interval tonight and head to the grocery store… and liquor store ;-)


3 Rachel February 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Baking IS fun when you do it like this! But interval first, drunken cookies later, missy!!


4 Crystal February 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Mmmm those look delicious! I tried to make a banana cookie on a whim once but it did not work (turned out more like a muffin that became rock hard the next day) so I’ll be bookmarking this! :)
Do you bake with music? I have my little IPOD hooked up in the kitchen on a speaker for when I do dishes or cook/bake. It is fun!
.-= Crystal´s last blog ..No More Counting! =-.


5 Christie ( February 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Dang woman- you always manage to crack my shit up!!!
Love that you’re a MSU gal. my sister and her husband both work there (he’s the mens soccer coach) and i’ve had tons of friends and fam attend school there- LOVE IT!
.-= Christie (´s last blog ..YES, I BLOG. =-.


6 Dori February 24, 2010 at 7:41 pm

The only way I would really bake is if I was drunk with you. These cookies look awesome. And hey, the Facebook poke sometimes does wonders :)
.-= Dori´s last blog ..Run for Haiti Race Recap =-.


7 Rachel February 24, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Crystal — I definitely cook to music! It depends on my mood and what I’m cooking…lately it’s been songs from NY Fashion Week….I’m feeling like a hipster.

And the Facebook poke is totally underrated!


8 Manon February 24, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I just love how I can always count on your blog to make me laugh HYSTERICALLY…..drunken baking…..loves it! I’m really good at doing lots of things drunk too…maybe because it makes me more flexible? Must be a Big Ten thing? Thank you U of Iowa :)
.-= Manon´s last blog ..Lean Team Challenge =-.


9 Laura Georgina February 25, 2010 at 8:50 am

This makes me want to drink and bake too :-)

I hope they’re so good that, if I bake them for the Husband, he agrees that I should definitely buy a Mac–and gets it for me. If not, I’ll settle for him saying “these are so good I’ll pay the extra money for you to have a Carnival frontline costume next year.” (Any cookie developed and successfully made while THAT drunk must be up to these purposes!)
.-= Laura Georgina´s last blog ..Safe Running 2: How to Not Get Dead (Or Maimed by Dogs/Machetes) =-.


10 Rachel February 25, 2010 at 8:52 am

These are good for your costume, but if you want a Mac, I’d say make the half-orange cupcakes. :)


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