Bananas Foster Bars

bananas foster bars
This scrumptious bar encasulates all the best from the famous Bananas Foster dessert from New Orleans. 
Recipe By: Butterisbest.com
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  • Serves16, 2in bars

Ingredients

  • Bars:
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
    • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon dark rum or 1 teaspoon rum extract
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup bananas, diced
    • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • Frosting:
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
    • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
    • 1 teaspoon rum or pure vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
    • pecan halves for garnish

Instructions

Bars:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter and flour 9-inch square pan*.
In large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with electric mixer until creamy. Add egg and rum; mix to combine.
In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to butter mixture. Mix in bananas and pecans; stir to incorporate. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting:
In large bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, sugar and extract with an electric mixer. Beat until light and fluffy. Add cinnamon and 1 cup confectioners' sugar; blend until smooth (careful; over mixing will cause separation). Add additional confectioners' sugar to create desired consistency.
Spread frosting immediately over cooled bars. Cover and store bars in refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, cut bars into 2-inch squares. If desired, top each square with a pecan half.
*For a thicker bar, use an 8-inch square pan.

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