Walnut-banana cakes & mango-cinnamon cookies

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Hi there! Tell me, what is more perfect than baking on a sunday? In my opinion, only holidays are better (although I guess that applies for every day of the week). But on a drizzly Sunday I am happy to settle for cookies and cakes. When I made this recipe, it was just that kind of sunday.

I woke up and felt like baking. On a day when you have nothing planned, that is the best feeling. I didn’t have any special ingredients in the house but I still managed to make these delicious pastries. Yes, two kind of pastries because I just couldn’t choose. I still had the large amount of walnuts, remember? So I used it in the cakes combined with banana. It turned out to be a perfect combo – the cakes were gone before the cookies! Invite your family around for a cup of tea and you know what to do this sunday.

 

Walnut-banana cakes – 10 pieces

– 125 g butter
– 160 g granulated sugar
– 1 bag vanilla sugar
– 2 bananas
– 1 egg
– 60 g walnuts
– 200 g flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1,2 dl milk

Preheat the oven at 180°C. Make sure the butter is at room temperature. When it is soft, stir it with the sugar and vanilla sugar until creamy. Peel the bananas, cut into pieces and add to the butter mixture. Then add the egg as well. Chop the walnuts. Mix the flour with the baking soda and add this with the walnuts to the banana-butter mixture. Stir until well mixed. Pour the mixture into baking tins until one 3/4 of the tin is filled up. Bake for 30 minutes in the oven.

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Mango-cinnamon cookies – 25 pieces

– 50 g mango
– 210 g flour
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 50 g dark chocolate
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I think I might have added more, accidentally of course)
– 110 g butter
– 160 g granulated sugar
– 1/2 tablespoon agave syrup
– 1 egg
– 1/2 bag vanilla sugar

Preheat the oven at 190°C. Peel the mango and chop into little pieces. Mix the baking soda and salt with the flour. Break the chocolate into little pieces and mix with the cinnamon. Beat the butter and sugar frothy, add the syrup and the egg. Make sure everything is mixed well. Then add the vanilla sugar and beat until the mixture is frothy. Add the flour mixture little by little and stir until you get a cohesive dough. Carefully add the chocolate and cinnamon. (Taste the dough: it is de-lish!) Make little balls from 3 cm and spread on the griddle. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

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Happy sunday!

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