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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

  • Preheat oven to 350°/ In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar
  • until light and fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine
  • flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir
  • in bananas.
  • Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 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 cream cheese, butter and vanilla

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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.