Banana Bars w/ Cardamom-Rum Frosting

Banana Bars w/ Cardamom-Rum Frosting..

Prep Time- 45 mins Cook Time- 55mins  Yield- 12 Bars 


For the crust

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

For the center

1/2 cup butter

2 cups dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

3 medium sized bananas, mashed

1 tablespoon rum

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all purpose flour

Cardamom-Rum Frosting

1/2 cup butter

4 oz cream cheese

3 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 tablespoons rum

Preheat oven to 350.

Coat a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray

For the crust- In the bowl of electric (stand) mixer beat 1 cup of butter on medium to high speed until light and fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally.  Mix in flour, cinnamon, and salt, mixing until combined. Press mixture evenly into prepared baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until light brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in pan.

For the center-Using an electric (stand) mixer, beat 1/2 butter on medium to high speed for about 30 seconds. Add in brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. mixing until combined.

Mix in eggs, bananas, rum, and vanilla. Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.

Beat in flour until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture over prepared crust and bake for 40-45 minutes (still at 350) or until an inserted wooden toothpick in the center comes out clean. 

For the frosting-  In the bowl of an electric (stand) mixer- cream together butter and cream cheese until incorporated and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar, cardamom, vanilla and rum. Mix together until combined. 

Spread frosting over uncut bars in the pan. Cut into bars and serve.. 

These made 12 large bars and lasted for 3 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.