First, give your hands a good scrub. In spite of what she originally thought, yes, soap is required.
Check over the recipe for any special requirements : oven temperature to preheat, special ingredients, etc. This recipe is from Taste of Home's Best of Baking cookbook. You can find the recipe online here. We love Taste of Home!
Assemble the cast of characters. Don't forget the kid power.
Mash the bananas. Somehow we don't own a potato masher, but a fork will do nicely.
Measure and add the shortening and sugar to your mixing bowl, and cream mixture (let all the sugar mix into the shortening until it's nice and smooth).
Add in eggs and vanilla, and mix until combined.
Now measure out the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon, and stir them together in another bowl. Ours is a lovely blue plastic.
Add the flour mixture to your mixing bowl. Mix on low at first to avoid a huge mess!
Now let the bananas join the party.
Measure and add the oats and chocolate chips - try not to eat all of the chocolate chips! Mix completely.
Use a cookie scoop to measure the cookies evenly, and squeeze onto greased cookie sheets.
The first pan is ready for the oven!
Torture your baby brother by turning on the oven light. Bake for 8 minutes or until golden on the bottom edges.
Remove cookies to cooling racks. Be careful, the pan is still hot!
The cooled, finished cookies ready for eating. They taste a lot like banana bread with a hint of chocolate.
Kid made, baby brother approved!