Chunky Monkey Cookies

Prep 15 mins
Cook 12 mins
Total 27 mins

These soft and chewy Chunky Monkey Cookies are loaded with chocolate chips and pretzel pieces to create the ultimate sweet and salty dessert! Made in less than 30 minutes, everyone will love these easy homemade cookies.

A Stack of Three Chunky Monkey Cookies with a Fourth One Propped Up Against the Stack

Chunky Monkey Cookies

Salty and sweet desserts have been my kryptonite this pregnancy and cookies are always a good idea.

So when I had some bananas that were just a little too soft for us to eat regularly, I knew what I was going to do.

No, not banana bread — even though I make a mean Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bread!

And no, not the now famous Nutella Banana Swirl Muffins OR the Coconut Banana Crunch Muffins!

Can you tell how much we love bananas around here?!?!

Balls of Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough on a Silpat Liner

I wanted to make cookies! Specifically Chunky Monkey Cookies – perfect combo of salty and sweet.

We eat so many bananas around these parts and obviously I have a ton of recipes to use up any leftovers.

But I had been craving cookies like crazy, so I knew I had to come up with something different.

I based the dough for these off of my favorite outrageous Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.

But I cut back on some of the butter in the dough and added banana instead.

Three Chunky Monkey Cookies on a Table with a Jar of Pretzels

Then I folded in a bunch of semi-sweet chocolate chips and salty pretzel pieces.

Whoa mama, were these good. Delicious straight out of the oven and still soft days later!

But then again, I just love anything that has that salty and sweet combo.

Plus the crunch of the pretzels really give these cookies a little something extra!

Five Chunky Monkey Cookies Beside a Glass of Milk, a Bunch of Bananas and a Jar of Pretzels

We tore through the first batch of these and the next week I found myself making them again once our bananas went just past their prime.

You don’t want to use super soft/ripe bananas, but you can use either fresh bananas or just a little too soft bananas.

Just make sure and mash them up fine no matter what type you use!

Yield: 18

Chunky Monkey Cookies

A Stack of Three Chunky Monkey Cookies with a Fourth One Propped Up Against the Stack

These soft and chewy Chunky Monkey Cookies are loaded with chocolate chips and pretzel pieces to create the ultimate sweet and salty dessert! Made in less than 30 minutes, everyone will love these easy homemade cookies.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed Dixie Crystals Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana, not overly ripe
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (roughly) chopped pretzels
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar until crumbly. Add in banana, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  4. Gradually add in flour mixture on low speed. Stir until dough forms. Then stir in pretzels and chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Using a cookie dough scoop or your hands, form balls of dough with 2 heaping tablespoons of dough. Place on prepared baking sheets, leaving a little room for spreading.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes, until edges are lightly browned, and remove from oven.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

*Spoon & Sweep Method: Use a spoon to fill your measuring cup with flour until the required amount is obtained. Scooping the measuring cup directly into the flour bag will firmly pack the flour, resulting in too much flour required for this recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 174mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g

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  1. Barbara

    I don’t like banana flavored foods. How much butter did the original recipe have? I’d rather do that. These sound really good. 

    1. Jessica

      Thank you for catching that! I am having them update it – in the meantime, it’s 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips!

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