Sour Cream Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting

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36-42 bars




  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour a 15-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 1 inch jelly roll pan.
  • In bowl of a stand mixer combine sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs on low speed for 1 minute; scrape the sides of the bowl once or twice to ensure that the ingredients are all combined.
  • Add the bananas and vanilla and beat for 30 seconds on low speed.
  • Add the flour, salt and baking soda and beat until combined; medium speed, scraping bowl when necessary, for about 1 minute.
  • Fold in the nuts, if desired.
  • Spread dough in prepared pan; use a spatula to get the dough evenly spread on the pan.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until light brown.
  • Cool in the pan.
  • Prepare the frosting by heating the butter in a medium size saucepan over medium heat until slightly frothy and just brown but not burned; remove from heat.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk; whisk until smooth and fluffy.
  • Spread frosting on cooled cake.
  • Cut into 2 x 2 inch bars.

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  1. Just Janie
    I forgot to mention in my review above - I use white sugar - just as printed in the recipe booklet. Haven't tried it with the brown sugar.
  2. Debbb
    These are nice, moist cake-like bars with a fudgey frosting. I used a 13 X 9 pan and baked about 35 minutes.


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