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Soft Banana Bread Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Banana Bread Cookies are a delicious bite-sized version of the classic banana bread dessert loaf with a yummy homemade cream cheese frosting on top.

After you’ve made these yummy cookies, you should definitely take a look at our Cream Cheese Filled Banana Bread, Banana Pudding Poke Cake and Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins. They are so good.

Banana Bread Cookies are a delicious bite-sized version of your favorite dessert with a yummy homemade frosting on top.

Banana Bread Cookies

If you love banana bread like we do, and want to try something new with your week old ‘nanas, you’re going to love this.


  • Bananas
  • Shortening
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Baking Soda

How Ripe Should Bananas Be for Banana Bread?

You can use ANY bananas for this recipe and other bread recipes. However, the browner, the better the flavor of your dessert. Why? The more brown the more sugar the bananas have.

Banana Bread Cookies Recipe

Making this is very similar to making traditional banana bread. Start by smashing bananas! My kids love to help with this part.

Next, with cream the sugar and shortening together. Then, add the eggs and bananas and continue to mix. When that’s done, fold in smashed bananas.

How Ripe Should Bananas Be for Banana Bread?

In a different bowl, mix up all of your dry ingredients. Then, add them to the wet ingredient bowl.

To scoop the cookies onto your baking sheet, use a small ice cream scoop that’s sprayed with cooking spray. This makes the process so much easier!

Banana Bread Cookies

Frosting Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese
  • Brown Sugar
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Powdered Sugar

For the frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth.

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Banana Bread Cookies are a delicious bite-sized version of your favorite dessert with a yummy homemade frosting on top.

Banana Bread Cookies

Published By Jill
Banana Bread Cookies are a delicious bite-sized version of the classic banana bread dessert loaf with a yummy homemade cream cheese frosting on top.
5 from 38 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 161 kcal


Cookie Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed overripe bananas
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar


Cookie Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a baking sheet, set aside.
  • Cream the shortening and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg, and vanilla and beat it for an additional 2 minutes. Fold in the mashed banana.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients bowl and mix to combine.
  • Grease a cookie scoop with nonstick cooking spray. Scoop out the dough onto the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 8-9 minutes.

Frosting Directions:

  • Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth.


Serving: 36gCalories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 80mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 126IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
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Banana Bread Cookies are a delicious bite-sized version of your favorite dessert made with a yummy homemade frosting on top.

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Can butter be substituted for margarine!

I have a question about the frosting. Banana cookies with cream cheese frosting but no mention of cream cheese in ingredients list. No mention in recipe when and how to add the cream cheese while making the frosting. Can you clarify this please? Thank you.

This was a Typo – ACK! So sorry and just corrected it.

I made these yesterday & I thought it was a little strange to heat the frosting ingredients & that the cream cheese was missing but I did it anyways & it turned out sooo yummy. My boys said they were the best cookies they ever had! The consistency & flavor of the frosting was more like a caramel glaze…I say that was a happy accident! Thanks for the recipe. I will have to try again with the cream cheese frosting.5 stars

Same! I made the frosting without the cream cheese as well and it made more of a glaze. A delicious glaze at that! Do you remember the previous recipe for the frosting? I can’t remember the measurements and want to make it the old way without the cream cheese again

I’m interested in making these cookies, but I’m trying to “clean” it up a bit. Can you use butter in place of butter flavored shortening?
I’m also going to try gluten free flour or coconut flour in place of all purpose flour.

Thanks for the recipe.

So how did these turn out using the substitutions?

Wonder how these would taste with Stevia and almond flour instead of sugar and regular flour.

Hi Lisa! I’m sure that would be fine. Let me know how it turns out.

should cookies be cold before topping with frosting?

yes, cool before frosting.

How do you measure your flour? Do you scoop it out of the bag or spoon it into the measuring cup. As those end up giving you 2 different amounts of flour 

Hi Kathleen, I always spoon it into a measuring cup and then level off.

Wonderful! Thanks so much! I will be trying this recipe out later today!!!

Made these today and they weren’t baked by the time specified. Had to bake them twice as long.

These were delicious. I made a lemon iceing sugar drizzle for the top instead and the family loved them.5 stars

I made these over the weekend. Turned out Awesome! I forgot the cream cheese for the frosting. The taste was really good without it. I melted the butter then added the brown sugar and stirred till dissolved then added everything else. If too thick, add a little milk to get the consistency you like. I used a big scoop and baked for a minimum of 10-12 minutes. One pan took 15 min. Test each pan to get the desired cooked firmness.5 stars

Just made these for a bake off they taste delicious it’s not until Friday do I put them in the fridge are they going to get hard

Just made these using butter instead of shortening. DELICIOUS! Soft, fluffy texture, all the taste of banana bread without feeling dense and heavy. 

Just made these cookies and they are delicious! I did use 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup crisco shortening instead of all butter flavored shortening. My boys also suggested mini semi sweet chocolate chips in them so I did half the batter with them and they are great! Had to bake an extra minute or two. Frosting is very good, light & fluffy and not too sweet. The frosting recipe made alot of extra (will cut recipe in half next time) but I will refrigerate and use another day.
Overall I give this recipe an A+!!

These are sooo good! Kid and husband approved!!5 stars

I made these today when I found some over ripe bananas in my freezer. I made the first batch exactly like the recipe, except I sprinkled the frosting with a little cinnamon. I made the second batch and added about a tsp of cinnamon and a half cup of chopped pecans to the dough. I preferred these, but both were good and a great way to use up those bananas!

What if you dont have butter flavored shortening? Do you recommend using butter instead ? Or to use crisco

I like the texture better using shortening. Butter will work good as well & flavor will be great, but texture will be a bit different.

i made these last Saturday and they were absolutely delicious! I shared them with 4 different friends and all 4 are asking for more! I had icing leftover so am making another batch today! Thank you so much for your great recipes!!

Any suggestions for achieving a more circular shape?  Did you try to get a ball shape from the dough before putting the tray in the oven?  Mine didn’t really retain any sort of shape when baked.  Tasted great, just didn’t look quite as cookieish as your pictures.  I did use half shortening and half butter if you think that makes a difference.5 stars

I used 1/2 c regular Crisco and 1/2 c butter because I had to improvise. Added mini chocolate chips and didn’t do the frosting because I had to send them in a car. They were absolutely amazing and now my daughter’s favorite cookie.❤5 stars

Made these!!!!! Awesome recipe thanks!!! I added chocolate chips in 1 batch, then added 1cup pumpkin puree and spices to another, great soft cookie. Love them!!5 stars

Made them. Everybody loved. It’s a keeper.


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