How's quarantine and/or social distancing going, friends?
I've been spending more time at home, which has been good for my bank account (except for that whole online shopping thing). I've spent them majority of my time reading, crocheting, catching up on my extensive Netflix list, and spending inordinate amounts of time on my Animal Crossing island. That game is seriously addicting.
One other thing I've done during my time at home is to make what my family has dubbed 'abomination cookies'. These are essentially two/three ingredient cookies, with one of the ingredients being bananas, which my younger brother hates, hence the moniker 'abomination cookies', since he often refers to bananas as abominations.
However, these cookies are delicious and I've made probably six batches of them so far. We had a couple bananas that were overripe, and so I typed "what to do with overripe bananas" into Google, and this recipe came up.
It consists of:
Two overripe bananas
One cup rolled oats (I subbed in quick oats)
OPTIONAL: Whatever else you want to add
That's literally it.
If you don't have oats or other supplies, ordering online is a great way to get some extra ingredients quickly. Look on DoorDash for your favorite Italian deli, grocery store or bodega and get what you want. Some great things to put in your cookies could include chocolate chips, raisins or other dried fruit or various candies and chocolates that you could mix in.
Smash up the bananas in a bowl, then mix in your oats and whatever else you want to add. The original recipe says to drop them onto a greased pan, but I prefer to make mine a little more cookie shaped with my hands, and I used parchment paper instead of a greased pan.
However you prefer to put them on the pan, once you're done, bake at 350 degrees for about 10-14 minutes.
The end result is moist, deliciously chewy cookies that taste a little bit like banana bread. I keep meaning to add a dash of cinnamon, or some nuts to a batch to see if it helps amplify this flavor, but I keep forgetting it.
I have, however, tried out white chocolate morsels.. (our personal favorite so far)
Salted caramel morsels...
(no judgements on my morsel/cookie ratio please)
And semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (the most recent batch).
So, they're not the prettiest cookies...but they taste amazing, so what they lack in aesthetic, they make up for in flavor.
Unless you're talking to my younger brother, in which case, they're disgusting abominations masquerading as cookies.
To each his own, I guess.
What have you been doing to occupy the time while social distancing, staying at home, or quarantining? Share with me in the comments, and let me know if you plan on baking your own batch of abomination cookies, too!