'Nana Choc Chip Cookie Bars

Had some motivated helpers in the kitchen this morning so we decided to find some good cookies to make. I don't know if it's the fact that my children will be eating them, or that *I* will be eating them, but I am always drawn to fruit in a good dessert. Yum.

So we meandered over to Cookie Madness where we found these fantabulous-sounding Banana Blondies with Walnuts and Chocolate Chips.  I'm always drooling over there.

We adapted these to have a little less chocolate and a little more nuts - pecans (hot DOG are those walnuts expensive!) AND, get this, a whole NEW pan size!

What's that you say?

You're always using a different pan size than the recipe calls for?

Well.  Welcome to the awkward kitchenette, where such things are amazing and celebrated!

'Nana Choc Chip Cookie Bars

Home grown fresh eggs are best!
6 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup packed *light* brown sugar (yes, I now have BOTH kinds in my pantry!)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 bananas, smashed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup flour
213 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

Step 1: Wash hands!

Step 2: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a big (uh, 13x9?  Why do people call them by these number-names and then they aren't listed on the pan!? The rectangle one) pan with tin foil.

Step 3: Mash those bananas!
 Step 4: Mix butter and sugar in the mixer.

Step 5: Add egg, vanilla and banana and keep on mixing until creamy.

Step 6: Add baking soda and flour and mix on low until combined.

Our favorite chocolate chip brand

Step 7: Dump in pecans and choc chips and combine.

Step 8: Grease pan (I literally sprayed PAM on the tin foil) and pour batter out into tin-foil-lined-rectangle-sized pan.

Sometimes you have to pause to wash some dishes.  Does this ever happen to you? Please say yes.

Step 9: Stick in your oven for 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. (Sometimes this takes several tries, that's ok! It won't ruin it if you take it out 6 times before they are done.)
Not done.

 Step 10: Let cool, then slice and serve.  Cookie Madness has a great tip for getting clean slices here.

Loving these? Try:
  1. Gooey Granola Blondies
  2. Bacon Butter Cookies
  3. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies


  1. Darling photos of the little guys! And those bars look so good...

  2. Gorgeous looking bars, I can just imagine how nice and chewy they must be! Love the pictures of the little ones helping too!!

  3. Your helpers look very well behaved. Love the bars!

  4. Thanks for following my blog...no link to follow you back on; so I just typed in your blog name, and it showed up. Such perfect and easy, yummy recipe. A keeper, for sure!
    Cute little helper with the cake, and such a clean little guy, washing his own hands. Love these photos...and yes, I have to pause a few times to clean up the dishes, bowls, and utensils...lucky for me, when I bake at my daughter's house, she cleans up, at my house I do all the clean-up!


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