- 3/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the banana and extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in coconut.
- Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Chewy Coconut Cookies in Simple & Delicious March/April 2006, p51
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