Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a fun alternative to regular banana bread when you have those scrumptious, overripe bananas sitting on your counter top.  They are fast and make a nice large pan to be shared...or not to be shared!

Banana Bars:
1/2 C butter
2 C sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 C mashed bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 C flour

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/2 C butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 C powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.
Lightly grease (with cooking spray) a large cookie sheet with higher edges.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and eggs.
Mix in the eggs, bananas, and vanilla.
Add the baking soda and flour and stir until combined completely (be careful not to over stir the batter).
Pour into the cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the bars are cooked through.
Allow the bars to cool before frosting.

For the frosting, place all ingredients in a large bowl and combine well with an electric mixer until desired consistency is reached.  Feel free to adjust the ingredients to fit your taste (are you more or less of a cream cheese fan) and desired thickness of the frosting.

Once the bars are frosted - cut and serve.  This is a dessert that in my opinion, tastes just as good, if not better, the next day even!

*This recipe is from my mom's collection.

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