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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. MORE + LESS -

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

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  • 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.

Expert Tips

  • 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 Information

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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