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📖 Soft Pecan Banana Bread Cookies

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  • Author: Pate Giltner
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


When it comes to homemade treats, nothing beats these pecan banana cookies! Pecans and bananas are a match made in heaven, and these cookies taste just like your favorite banana bread but in cookie form! 


Units Scale
  • 1 overripe banana, mashed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup pecan pieces (or chopped pecans) plus more for topping
  • Whole pecans for topping


  1. heat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash the banana with the vanilla extract. Add it to the butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, mixing until just combined. Avoid overmixing, as it can lead to tough cookies.
  6. Gently fold in the chopped pecans, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  7. Drop 1 tablespoon of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Top with whole pecans and additional pecan pieces. 
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, store the Pecan Banana Cookies in an airtight container to maintain their freshness.


  • Store baked cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. You can refrigerate or freeze the cookie dough balls, just bring them to room temperature before baking. This can take about 1 hour for refrigerated dough and 2 hours for frozen dough.
  • *Measure your flour properly. This is my #1 baking tip! Use the spoon-level method. This means fluffing the flour first, then spooning it into your measuring cup/spoon.
  • For extra flavor, toast the pecans before chopping them. Simply spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 5 minutes until fragrant. Allow them to cool before using in the recipe.