Sometimes it’s difficult to know when to ignore the instructions. This is not one of those times, unless you like the idea of potato oatmeal cookies. (Not that that hasn’t worked for some other desserts.)
A similar but different recipe appeared in the Nov. 3, 1947 edition of the St. Petersburg Times. (Oddly, that recipe has a typo, too; the second reference to baking powder is meant to be baking soda, since that recipe uses both.)
From a box sold in Canby, Oregon.
Banana Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 c. mashed [bananas, despite the card saying otherwise]
1-1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon – nutmeg
1-3/4 quick cooking oats
1/2 c. nuts
1/2 c. raisins
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Banana Oatmeal Cookies method (Provided by Yesterdish)
- Mix flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
- Mix mashed bananas, sugar, egg, and melted shortening. Mix dry mixture into wet mixture till incorporated.
- Quickly fold in oats and nuts.
- Drop by teaspoonful onto a baking sheet. Bake at 375 deg. for 12 to 15 minutes.