Thursday, March 3, 2011
7:27 PM | Posted by Brandy K | | Edit Post
Seriously...If you want to retain a shred of hope that these addictive and oh, so delicious bars will not invade your dreams and every waking thought, LOOK AWAY now.
I mean it...you'll never be the same.
I dreamed of these bars last night. I dreamed I was swimming in the luscious cream cheese frosting, and I never, never wanted to do anything else. Ever. Someone please tell me that is normal--to dream of baked goods. To dream of wallowing in frosting. That doesn't make me a freak or anything, right?
Good. Okay. Moving on.
You'll want to make these, I know it! I've had them bookmarked from My Baking Addiction for so long. I finally had some (over) ripe bananas that were not slated for banana bread. I considered making only half of the frosting recipe, because truthfully, that's a lot of cream cheese frosting. But really, who am I kidding?! I made the full recipe and I'm glad I did.
All I have to say is...sweet dreams!! Don't say I didn't warn you...
Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
ever so slightly adapted from My Baking Addiction
for the cake…
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
for the frosting…
2 (8) ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter; softened
31/2 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla.
3. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir into the batter. Finally, mix in the mashed banana. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow bars to cool completely before frosting with the cream cheese frosting.
To make frosting:
In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix cream cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth and creamy. Stir in vanilla. Spread on cooled cake.
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