Thursday, May 13, 2010
Cookie Recipe #131 - Frosted Banana Bars
This is a moist bananay bar cookie with a hefty layer of cream cheese frosting. You may add nuts to the mixture, then sprinkle a few on top, too. Makes for a good breakfast on the run, or anytime during the day when you need a snack.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened, 2 cups granulated sugar, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium), 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, pinch of salt, 1/2 - 1 cup chopped nuts, if desired. Frosting: 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1 package (8 ounces)cream cheese, softened, 4 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 15x10 baking pan; set aside. In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, mashed bananas and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt together in small bowl; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean (will be brown on top). Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
Frosting: Cream butter and cream cheese together; gradually add confectioners' sugar and vanilla, mixing until thoroughly combined. Spread over cooled bars and top with nuts, if desired. Cut into bars and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers (as if).