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Banana-Cashew Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

banana-cashew bars with browned butter frosting Dessert
Banana-Cashew Bars with Browned Butter Frosting
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 24

Browned butter cream cheese frosting is a perennial favorite, and layered on top of a banana-cashew bar, it's perfectly irresistible.

Updated September 20, 2016
Gold Medal Flour
Make with
Gold Medal Flour

Ingredients

Bars

  • 1
    cup granulated sugar
  • 1
    cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 medium)
  • 1/3
    cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1
    cup Gold Medal™ flour
  • 1
    teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4
    teaspoon salt
  • 1/2
    cup chopped cashews

Frosting

  • 1/2
    cup butter (do not use margarine)
  • 3 1/4
    cups powdered sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
  • 1
    to 3 tablespoons milk

Garnish

  • 24
    cashew halves, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large bowl, mix granulated sugar, bananas, 1/3 cup butter and the eggs until blended. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until combined. Stir in cashews; spread batter in pan. Bake 22 to 26 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 40 minutes.
  • 2
    In 2-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown; remove from heat. Using spoon, gradually beat in powdered sugar. Stir in vanilla and the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until frosting is smooth and desired spreading consistency. Immediately spread over cooled bars. Score into 6 rows by 4 rows, making shallow cuts in frosting. Top center of each bar with cashew half, pressing in lightly. Cut bars on scored lines.

  • When making frosting, watch butter carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn.
  • Since browned butter frosting sets up quickly, do not make it until the bars have cooled.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories from Fat
70
% Daily Value
Trans Fat
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Exchanges:
Free
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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