You’ll like chocolate chip banana cookies a bunch

In my humble estimation, the best part of Election Day is that we?re finally done listening to negative attack ads.

It?s no wonder most of us have a bad attitude when it comes to politics and politicians. It?s difficult to be positive when no one is putting positive information out there. Just once I?d like to see a campaign that only focuses on the awesome stuff the candidate wants to do and completely ignores the fact that one time, in 1992, their opponent had an overdue library book.

Well, with all this negativity in our lives, I thought it was time for us to all enjoy some cookies with a little sunshine in them.

That?s why I decided to try a recipe for chocolate chip banana cookies. Bananas always remind me of sunshine, and according to ?Science Illustrated,? they actually have some substances in them that have been shown to positively affect mood. Plus, according to Dr. Diana Walcutt, chocolate also has some of the same properties as antidepressants.

See? Science supports eating these cookies.

OK, so maybe I?m making some logical leaps there, but I will promise you that these are super soft and really tasty, so even if it?s all in your head, I think you will find some mood-boosting happening with these cookies.

This recipe came from a woman named Evelyn Brown, who posted it to AllRecipes.com. I changed it by doubling the vanilla. You can find the original at http://allrecipes.com/ Recipe/Banana-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies/Detail.aspx.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies

Ingredients

2/3 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup mashed bananas

2 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt?

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cream together your butter and sugar.

Add the eggs, vanilla and bananas and beat until smooth.

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until well-combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop by the spoonful onto greased cookie sheets (I made mine about the size of a half-dollar, and that made a nice-sized cookie).

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes (I was able to get batches done in about 10 minutes apiece after my baking sheet heated up. Just bake them until they?re starting to brown and then pull them. They will be very soft.)

I got a little more than three dozen cookies out of this recipe.

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I hope you can improve your post-election-season mood with these cookies, whether or not your favorite candidate made it into office.

And if any of you ever decide to run yourselves, try eating a banana or two before you make your campaign ads. It might help you keep things a little more positive.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.