Overweight Primate Cookies

Every now and then, I think I am pretty funny.  Not everyone shares my humor, but I hope that almost everyone can agree that this is a little humorous.  These cookies may be one of the most requested cookies I have ever made.  They are an upgraded version of a typical chunky monkey, hence the name, Overweight Primates.

They are a hearty cookies that goes great with a cup of coffee or tea.  Since I live in Seattle, the coffee is never in short supply.  These cookies also happen to be a common request from the baristas at my favorite coffee shop in the city.

Here is my shameless plug for them: awesome coffee, friendly baristas, great location, welcoming atmosphere.  Check out Drip City if you need your caffeine fix.

Back to the cookies. I hope that I am not a monster, but I buy bananas and almost always let them go bad aka perfect to bake with.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against bananas they just happen to taste better in something baked. Here are some things that you might need to know about me when you look at the recipes I choose.  I don’t really make anything with frills. I like to bake straight to the point, I am also biased towards semi-sweet or dark chocolate.  Without further adieu, here is my secret to making friends.

Overweight Primates

  • Servings: 30
  • Difficulty: easy
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Inspired from The All American Cookie Book


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (1 medium banana)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease several baking sheets.  In a bowl, stir together flour, soda, and salt.  In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until well blended.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated.  Beat in the banana, then the flour mixture until evenly incorporated. Lastly, stir in the oats, chocolate morsels, and walnuts (if using) until combined.
  2. Use an ice cream scoop (#24) and drop dough 2 1/2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake the cookies for 10-14 minutes or until lightly brown and almost firm when pressed in the center.  Transfer the sheet to a wire rack and let stand until the cookies firm up slightly.  Transfer the cookies to wire racks and let stand until fully cooled.


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