The King deserves a cookie and he was known for his love of peanut butter and bananas. That’s a winning combo, but I added a few extra goodies that I think the King would approve of. Go buy some bananas now so that they can start ripening, and let’s take care of business. - Duff

Makes about 50 cookies.


Ingredients:

  • 3 cups sugar

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened

  • 1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth, your call)

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 garlic clove, minced*

  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt

  • 3 very ripe bananas

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¼ cups chocolate chips

  • 5 ounces hard pretzels, smashed (about ¾ cup pretzel crumbs)

  • 10 bacon strips, cooked crisp and chopped fine

  • Cooking spray

*This is optional, but just so you know, garlic isn’t weird. There’s a long tradition of putting garlic in chocolate chip cookies. Maybe to keep the vampires from eating your treats. Who knows, but look it up if you want to. I know what I’m talking about.

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and spray a baking sheet or sheets with cooking spray.

  2. In a big bowl, mix the sugar, butter, peanut butter, molasses, vanilla, baking powder, garlic, and salt until it’s all one color. Add the bananas and mash them up really well in there.

  3. Add the flour and gently mix until incorporated, with no lumps. 

  4. Fold in the chocolate chips, pretzel pieces, and bacon.

  5. Using two spoons (or your hands) form balls about the size of a large walnut and drop them on the prepared baking sheets at least 2 inches apart. Places the sheets in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

  6. Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden on the outside and super gooey in the middle, just like the King would want them. Let them cool on a wire rack off the baking sheet and enjoy!