Butterscotch Banana Drops Recipe

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Most folks are surprised to learn that banana is the secret ingredient in these soft cookies. My grandmother shared the recipe with me some 30 years ago, and I've relied on it ever since.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:66 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 66 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup chopped dates

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 97 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and nutmeg; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Beat in bananas. Stir in the oats, pecans, butterscotch chips and dates.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 11 dozen.
Originally published as Butterscotch Banana Drops in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p107

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menkens User ID: 5877182 232514
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"Well -- made a couple of changes because of what I had on hand! Used entire bag of chips (2 cups) don't like left-over chips; substituted 1-1/2 cup craisins for nuts & dates. Self-rising flour and regular oaks... baked 12 minutes -- oh, and an overflowing cup of banana because did not want to throw away that last little bit! Used parchment paper instead of spraying cookie sheets. We really like nice & moist cookies which they were right out of the oven; so now need to see how they store! Got about 8 dozen plus a few.... thanks for the recipe! My cookie sheets are very heavy and dark so they continue cooking after removing from the oven while cooling."

blizzard6 User ID: 2708558 222930
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"These are very good but a little too sweet for me. Next time I'll leave out the butterscotch chips."

kitchenqueen3 User ID: 802163 41768
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"what a great cookie. It has lots of flavor with the bannans, pecans, dates, oatmeal, It is like you have layers of flavor."

kel dehnert User ID: 4315865 33117
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"I'll make these cookies again. I substituted butterscotch chips for the dates and they were delicious."

slug9000 User ID: 3827284 25536
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"Very tasty!!! I used old-fashioned rolled oats instead of quick-cooking oats, and they were still great! This is a moist cookie with a lot of flavor."

steckbeck User ID: 1137796 33116
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2009

"I love this recipe but there is no way I'd ever get 11 doz. unless I drop them from a baby spoon. Is there instructions for high altitude?"

cmalinow User ID: 1023490 33112
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2008

"Excellent cookie and works well with a sugar substitute, also."

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