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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

 Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
I make these moist bars whenever I have ripe bananas on hand, then store them in the freezer to share later at a potluck. With creamy frosting and big banana flavor, this treat is a real crowd-pleaser. -Debbie Knight, Marion, Iowa
36-48 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add
  • the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and
  • salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in bananas.
  • Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at
  • 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and

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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar
  • to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars. Store in the
  • refrigerator. Yield: 3-4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 148 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.
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