I think Elvis was quite the genius when he coined the peanut butter and banana sandwich. They go so well together. I like to add honey to my pb and banana sandwiches – or I did when I was a kid. The honey adds this whole other layer that makes the sandwich special. Maybe I should make those again…
My brother and his fiancee recently moved into an adorable new house not far from my place. They had a big barbecue for a house warming party, where many of us took advantage of their pool table set up in their living room. All the guests were asked to bring a side or dessert to share. Well, that works great for me! I love when I’m invited to places because I thankfully don’t have to clean my house and I can still be creative with what I bring. Best of both worlds!
I knew I had to bring something that didn’t require heating or putting together on the spot. You know, easy. Cookies were an obvious choice. I don’t even know how I came up with cigar cookies, but they sure sounded good. Crispy filo dough wrapped around a filling in a long shape similar to a cigar. I found recipes for the cookies filled with all kinds of things like chocolate or even Nutella. I totally need to make those too!
Mixing bananas with peanut butter made a perfect filling for my cigars. They were just the right amount sweet too. I was really afraid I would lose the banana over the stronger peanut butter flavor, but they really work well together. Don’t skimp on the vanilla either, it adds that touch that you can’t get from just the straight peanut butter and banana.
Choosing which peanut butter to use was quite a thought process though. Smooth or crunchy? There are benefits to both of course. I couldn’t make up my mind so I thought I would get Bradley’s opinion. He is super helpful when it comes to peanut butter…. Note the sarcasm a bit. Apparently , according to him “there is only one type of peanut butter”. Chunky wins every time. So, whatever… I ran with it. It worked great!
I piled a plate high with my cigars and marched on over to the housewarming. I think 3 were gone the second I put the plate down. My brother started barbecuing a little bit after but I swear half the cookies were gone before the first burger hit the grill. They are addictive, and if I say so, make a pretty good billiards snack to nibble on.
I had so much fun with this photo shoot too! It all started with the cigar box. I mean, how could you not shoot cigar cookies in a cigar box? Its kind of a ‘duh’. So I hunted down this super cool cigar box from my brother Stephen. Well technically I was going to use a basic one David had but then Stephen dug this gem out of his closet and it was a no brainer.
I had this image of a James Bond type who had just come home early in the morning after an incredibly late night. He throws his tie, cuff links, and boutonniere on the side table and grabs a cigar and drink to watch the sunrise. Now that’s the way to end an epic night.
- 1 package filo dough, thawed
- 3 ripe bananas
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix bananas, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla in a stand mixer until smooth. Remove any big chunks of banana. Put filling in a piping bag fitted with a large opened tip. I used a round #12.
- Fold one sheet of filo dough in half. Pipe filling on one side leaving ½ inch on each side. Fold in the sides then roll up the filling in the dough to create a cigar. Place on a cookie sheet and brush with melted butter. Repeat with all sheets of dough and filling. Bake 8 -10 minutes until lightly brown.