Banana Spice Cookies with Lemon Butter Icing

These cookies are Di-Vine.  My mother-in-law made them a few years ago and I had to get the recipe.  How often do you see a recipe with banana and lemon (two of my favorite dessert to chocolate and peanut butter *blush*).  The cookies are soft with a mild banana flavor.  The lemon frosting gives the cookie a little zip.  I have been asked quite a few times for the recipe because they are so good. 
Use 3 of the brownest bananas you have.  Smash them with a fork.
In a separate bowl,  combine all dry ingredients.

Combine shortening, sugar and eggs.  Mix until creamy.
Add smashed bananas.   Slowly add dry ingredients until combined.
Add chopped nuts, if desired.
Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
Scoop spoonfuls of dough onto a prepared cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.
 Give them a little room to spread.
When cooked, they should look like little pillows of nutty, banana goodness.  Let cool.
Ice with homemade lemon icing.  Pause, take a bite.  Swoon.

 Banana Spice Cookies

1/2  cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (2 or 3 medium)
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Lemon Butter Icing

Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and banana.  Stir i remaining ingredients.  Cover, chill about an hour.  heat oven to 375.  Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes; cool.  Frost with lemon butter icing.

Lemon Butter Icing

1/3 cup butter; softened
3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbs lemon juice (or more)
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel

Blend butter and sugar; stir in lemon juice and lemon peel.  Beat until smooth and of spreading consistency.  Smother over Banana Spice Cookies.  Lick fingers.




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