Banana Bread Nutmeg Cookies

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These Banana Bread Nutmeg Cookies are so soft, so full of banana and nutmeg flavor and such a change from a normal cookie, that they’re just special. Special little cookies that taste just like banana bread.

Banana Nutmeg Cookies

I haven’t participated in the Improv Challenge in awhile, and I noticed that their theme today was Banana and Nutmeg.

And I thought “Oh! I have a recipe that fits that theme….” and decided I’d post it.

Except I forgot to contact her ahead of time to let her know because I suck like that.

I can barely remember what day of the week it is, let alone to email someone. haha

It’s my fault, maybe next month I’ll do better.

At any rate, I’m posting them because I needed a post today and these have been patiently waiting and they were so good you have to see them/try them.

So just pretend I’m participating in the Improv Challenge. hehe Even though I guess I’m not.

A couple of notes about these cookies: These make about 3 dozen cookies, so we divided up the dough into thirds.

The first batch we did was Banana Bread Nutmeg Cookies with walnuts.

The second batch we made was Banana Bread Nutmeg Cookies with chocolate chips and walnuts.

The last dozen we made were Banana Bread Nutmeg Cookies with chocolate chips.

Banana Bread Nutmeg Cookies

I cannot even tell you which ones were better.

They were all so delicious in their own way, and I recommend you trying it the same way. 

Banana Bread Nutmeg Cookies are great by themselves, but add in a few mix ins and you’ve more than taken it to the next level.

We made these as one of our new cookies to give as gifts for Christmas but we liked them so much, that we’ve made them a few more times.

We’ve tried different add ins since then.

Can I add ____ to these cookies?

Probably… we’ve tried these cookies with:

  • macadamia nuts
  • semi sweet chocolate chips
  • dark chocolate chips
  • white chocolate chips
  • raisins (a kids suggestion and I did not enjoy them! But if you love raisins, you might)
  • dried cranberries (craisins… I actually liked these better)
  • dried banana
  • coconut
Banana Bread Nutmeg Cookies

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Banana Bread Nutmeg Cookies

These Banana Bread Nutmeg Cookies are so soft, so full of banana and nutmeg flavor and such a change from a normal cookie, that they're just special. Special little cookies that taste just like banana bread.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Cookies-Bars-Brownies
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 3 dozen


  • cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 bananas they were pretty average sized
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


  • In your stand mixer or a bowl, combine the butter and the sugar until it gets fluffy.
  • Add in the shortening and mix together well.
  • Add the eggs in one at a time and mix well between additions.
  • In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and powder, nutmeg and the salt.
  • Mash the banana in a bowl. Once you have the banana mashed, add the vanilla.
  • Pour the flour and the banana mixture into the butter/sugar mixture alternating and mixing well between each addition.
  • Stir in the walnuts.
  • The batter will seem loose and quite sticky.
  • Use a mini ice cream scoop to scoop the banana cookie dough onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes, or until bottoms are getting golden. They might not appear done, but if you touch them, they will feel a little like cake and not be sticky.
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  1. Yes, you are totally participating, Nicole! It’s great to have you with us. And those cookies! What a great idea. They sound fabulous. My kids would adore them.

  2. LOL, Nicole…I’m glad I’m not the only one whose life is chaotic! But it looks like you made the cut with your wonderful cookies! I hope you shared one with all walnuts for me 🙂

  3. Ooooh…the texture of these cookies looks so tantalizing! I bet there’s an amazing buttery crumble when you take a bite. I’ve never had banana in a cookie before so I can’t wait to try this recipe, with all the delicious variations you suggest.

  4. Your cookies look and sound delicious and welcome back to participating in the ICC.

    My Improv Cooking Challenge entry this month: Baked Bananas, hope that you’ll stop over and check the recipe out.


  5. The cookies sound great! How were the ones with the banana chips? Did that give them a crunch? I am really intrigued by that idea. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

    For the challenge this month I made banana daquiri muffins. I hope you can stop over and check them out.

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