You’ve been waiting for a sequel, we’ve been waiting for a sequel — everyone’s been waiting for London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s follow-ups to his smash hit cookbook Plenty and Plenty More. The wait is over: Sweet is on the shelves. Get to know the sweet side of the cuisine you love, and add a few to your repertoire. These chocolate, banana and pecan cookies are an instant winner. 

These were introduced by Jim Webb, an original member of the Ottolenghi team along with Sami, Noam and Yotam. Jim mostly worked on pastry, bringing with him some brilliant ideas, along with a serious knowledge of bread and viennoiserie. It was Jim’s suggestion to add banana to the dough here, both for the moisture and distinct flavor it brings. Pecans are classic, but walnuts can be used, if you prefer.

The secret here is to slightly underbake the cookies, which keeps them soft and fudgy. It’s for this reason that they’ve never become a feature in the shops, particularly in the summer, when they’d bend and break after an hour or two piled up in a bowl. There are worse things to happen, though, than to be told you need to eat a whole batch of cookies within a day or so of them being baked.

Make Ahead: Once the unbaked dough has been rolled into balls, they can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. You can also bake them from frozen; you’ll just need to add an extra minute of cooking time.

Storage: These cookies are best eaten within a day of being baked.

Reprinted with permission from Sweet