Banana Sandies

Banana Sandies
Makes about 2 dozen sandwich cookies

2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup 1/4-inch slices banana (about 1 medium)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chopped pecans
Prepared cream cheese frosting
Yellow food coloring (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheets.

  2. Combine flour, butter, sugars, banana slices, vanilla and salt in large bowl. Beat 2 to 3 minutes, scraping bowl often, until well blended. Stir in pecans. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove immediately to wire racks; cool completely.

  3. Tint frosting with food coloring, if desired. Spread 1 tablespoon frosting over bottoms of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies.