Bananas Foster Bars

  • Yield 16 pieces

All the deliciousness of bananas foster are found in this convenient bar.

Ingredients

Bars:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tablespoon dark rum or 1 teaspoon rum extract
1 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup bananas, diced
1/2 cup (2-ounces) pecans or walnuts, chopped
Frosting:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon rum or pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 to 2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted

Instructions

  1. Bars: Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly butter and flour 9-inch square pan*.
  2. In large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with electric mixer until creamy. Add egg and rum; mix to combine.
  3. In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to butter mixture. Mix in bananas and pecans; stir to incorporate. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Frosting: In large bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, sugar and extract with an electric mixer. Beat until light and fluffy. Add cinnamon and 1 cup confectioners’ sugar; blend until smooth (careful; over mixing will cause separation). Add additional confectioners’ sugar to create desired consistency.
  5. Spread frosting immediately over cooled bars. Cover and store bars in refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, cut bars into 2-inch squares.
 *For a thicker bar, use an 8-inch square pan.
Recipe courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

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