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Broke-Ass Kitchen: Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

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Hello! Welcome to the inaugural post of the Broke-Ass Kitchen, a new weekly feature from your penniless pals here at BAS. We’re going to load you up with tons of cheap recipes so that you can stay well-fed even when your wallet’s not. Nothing will involve having to special order ingredients, or miss out on a beer because you spent all your money on Dandelion Salt (is that a thing? I totally bet that’s a thing). The whole idea is to help you save money by making things at home.

To start, I’m offering up one of my biggest crowd-pleasers: Peanut Butter Banana Cookies with Chocolate and Pretzels. If they sound good, it’s because they are, bitches! Whether you want to say you’re sorry when you’ve embarrassed yourself and others yet again or just want to trick people into liking you, these cookies are your gold.

Peanut Butter Banana Cookies with Chocolate and Pretzels
Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth), 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp baking soda, pinch of salt, 1 banana chopped into small pieces, 1 cup of broken up pretzels, 1/4 cup of broken up chocolate bar.
Cost: Around $5. Seriously.
Time: About 20 minutes.
Soundtrack: Elvis Presley, renowned lover of the banana and PB combo, of course!
The plan: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend sugar and peanut butter together, then add egg until thoroughly mixed. Add the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and stir so the batter is consistently chunky, then plop in walnut-sized balls about 2″ apart on a greased cooking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, then let cool for 5-10. Then go win yourself some friends!

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Jill S.

Jill S.

Jill is an Ohio native and Boston University graduate who refuses to stop saying "pop" and wearing her Red Sox gear despite being heckled for doing so since moving to Brooklyn. She's been honing her thrifty ways since doing that silly thing people talk about when they ignore reason to follow their hearts and chose a career in the fulfilling but faltering music industry. She earns her beer money as a publicist and writer, and spends her spare time cooking, biking, and trying to decide if she's ready to get a cat.


  1. September 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

    hey there….well i have a batch cooking right now as i type this. just one question, no butter needed? all those dry ingredients will mix with just one little lonely solitary egg? i’m curious. my dough is like potting soil. i just couldn’t get it to mix into a normal dough consistency so i added about 2 Tbsp of cold unsalted butter. that seemed to help…btw i am posting my pics on FB. thanks for the recipe. adding pretzels? BRILLIANT. yum.

  2. September 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    sorry, update….duh, i was wondering why the dough was so crumbly….dorky me, i had the banana right there and forgot to add it….egg on my face, sorry. so yeah, the cookies worked out well. now i’m ready to inhale them tomorrow night with my boyfriend as we watch the Charlie Sheen roast while smokin…

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