BANANA BARS

 

  • Cooking Time: 20 - 25 minutes
  • Servings: Approximately 12 -15
  • Preparation Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup soft butter (or shortening)
  • 1 cup granulated or brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas – mashed
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (or 1/3 cup milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Crumble Topping:
  • 3 Tablespoons soft butter,
  • ½ cup sugar,
  • 1/3 cup flour,
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg.
  • Maple Frosting:
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons hot water
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring

Directions

  • Beat together with mixer until thick: butter, brown sugar and eggs.
  • Add mashed bananas and buttermilk and mix together for a few seconds.
  • Add and mix in flour, soda and salt until well blended but do not over beat.
  • (If you are in a hurry, you can put all ingredients in mixing bowl and stir until well blended but do not over beat.)
  • Pour into greased and floured 13” x 9” cake pan.
  • Mix together butter, sugar, flour and nutmeg and sprinkle over top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes or until slightly brown on top and tests done.
  • For Maple frosting: Stir butter into hot water until melted then stir in powdered sugar and maple flavoring - mix by hand or with mixer until smooth and lumps are gone. This makes approximately 1 cup of frosting. If you need more, increase the butter and water to 1/4 cup each and add more powered sugar and a few drops more maple flavoring. This frosting goes good on maple bars, spice cake, applesauce cake, boiled raisin cake, etc.

Notes

This recipe has been a favorite of our whole family for many years. I found it in a Bar Cookie Recipe Book from the Occident Flour Company years ago. It is an easy way to use up those ripe bananas and is a hit with young and old alike. I also like to frost these bar cookies with maple frosting. If you double the recipe it is just right for a half sheet baking pan (with sides).

Categories: Bar 

Author Credit: Occident Flour Company

Website Credit: http://www.thechefinyou.com/

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