Banana Nut Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting | recipe from bakerita.com

Banana Nut Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting

Banana Nut Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting | recipe from bakerita.com I don’t know about you guys, but we always have extra too-brown bananas. In a house of six girls, we all tend to get confused about whose bananas are whose and end up with a pile of brown bananas waiting to be a) used in a baked good or b) thrown away. I try to use them up as much as possible so we’re not wasters, and I’m realizing that bananas taste darn good in waaay more baked goods than just banana bread.

Case in point: banana nut bars with brown sugar frosting. These are no regular banana nut bars – these are fudgy and dense and full of delicious banana flavor. They have a healthy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg because I’m all about fall spices right now, and I love the added warmth the spices bring to the bars. The nuts add the crunchiness that I love and crave in most baked goods, but obviously if you’re anti nuts in your baked goods, feel free to leave ‘em out. And then of course, you have the super delicious banana flavor from that ripe banana. It adds a nice texture and an additional level of sweetness to the bar.

Banana Nut Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting | recipe from bakerita.com The brown sugar frosting is a super quick, boiled frosting that comes together in less than 5 minutes and reminds me so so much of the inside of a butterscotch square from See’s Candy. This frosting is sweet and full of brown sugar, with a little tiny bit of crunch from the way the frosting sets up around the edges.

The bar is made from one of my favorite blondie bases, and comes together all in one bowl! How’s that for convenient – I hate dirtying any more dishes than absolutely necessary.

Banana Nut Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting | recipe from bakerita.com

If you love banana and brown sugar, you’ll be sure to love these bars! They also keep well for a few days (if they last that long!) and stay great in the fridge. Enjoy :)

Banana Nut Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting | recipe from bakerita.com

Banana Nut Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting

Ingredients

    For the bars
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (1 medium banana)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (or nut of choice)
  • For the frosting
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

    For the bars
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Melt 1/2 cup butter in the microwave. Combine remaining brown sugar and melted butter in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the egg, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add the flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir until just combined, taking care not to over-mix. Gently stir in the banana. Fold in the pecans. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula or offset knife.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the bars are set. The edges will be slightly pulling away from sides of pan. Let cool while you make the frosting.
  4. For the frosting
  5. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in brown sugar and milk and stir until it comes just to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Whisk in powdered sugar and cinnamon.
  6. Spread on top of blondies and let frosting set. Allow bars to cool for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving into 16 squares. I like to refrigerate them before cutting to make them easier to cut. Bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Dark Chocolate Almond Lacey Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

Dark Chocolate Almond Lacey Cookies

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Florentine cookies, lacey cookies, dark chocolate almond cookies…whatever you want to call them, these thin, crunchy, chocolate-filled cookies are absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

One of my housemates, Ally, absolutely adores these Dark Chocolate Almond Laceys from Trader Joe’s. They’re thin, crunchy, taste-like-toffee cookies, sandwiched with rich dark chocolate, and they’re so so good! Of course, after a few weeks of watching her eat them, I decided I needed to recreate them. [Read more...]

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Which means, among other things, that it’s fall! (Oh, and also that now I can start posting boozy dessert recipes! And drink.)

My birthday, September 16th, always falls within the first few weeks of the school year, and is always my marker of when everything starts feeling a whole lot more like fall. Classes start to get into full swing. The air gets a crisp, chilly edge to it between the sunny days, and the leaves just start to change color around the edges. Then, of course, fall baking starts, and the smells of pumpkin bread, cinnamon, and apple-y desserts dominate the kitchen. It’s a great time, especially for baking. [Read more...]

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

Today, we’re talkin’ about one of my favorite subjects: peanut buttaaaahhh!!!

Sorry that was obnoxious. But I’m just so excited about peanut butter (as I usually am) and all the delicious flavors and these cookies.

Because these cookies, you guys, were awesome.

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

I have an odd, confusing confession: I obviously love peanut butter, but peanut butter cookies have never been my favorite. In fact, I pass them up in favor of most cookies, and usually won’t eat one when it’s offered to me. BUT, these cookies, I couldn’t stop eating whenever I was in the kitchen.

These cookies are soft, and not too sweet. They have the perfect amount of bite from the oatmeal. The texture is nicely crisp on the outside, but not too far past cookie dough on the insides (!!!!). The raisins (if you’re into them) add a nice burst of sweetness and added chewy texture. And of course, put your hands together for the star of the show: Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter!!

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

Ugh, that peanut butter is simply magical. The kind folks over at Peanut Butter & Co. offered to send me a little PB care package a few months ago and of couuurse I wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to try a whole bunch of delicious peanut butter (if you questioned that…you clearly don’t know me).

When I got the heavy box in the mail, having totally forgotten about it, I was in total peanut butter heaven. My housemates and I all sat down on the couch with apples and tasted all the different flavors, picking and choosing our favorites.

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl is my personal favorite (and definitely a house favorite, if the current state of the jar is any indication). It has actual raisins in it! It’s amazing. The Dark Chocolate Dreams taste’s like a Reese’s. Enough said. And the White Chocolate Dreams…well, you saw how I feel about white chocolate in my last post. I want you all to try them so you can pick your favorites!!

And while I can’t give one to all of you, the guys over at PB&Co. agreed to send one of you THE BIG SIX. It features six of their most delicious flavors (including my fave, and the star of this recipe!).

Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below (sometimes it takes a little while to load). I wish you could all win – good luck! :) Thanks to everyone who entered! We have a winner – congrats Susan!

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

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Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 sticks (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup PB&Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter (or regular creamy peanut butter)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter and vanilla extract. Beat in the egg until well blended.
  2. Combine the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add into the peanut butter mixture and beat until just combined.
  3. Fold in raisins. Chill cookie dough, covered, at least 2 hours and up to 1 week.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Form rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and arrange about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake cookies in batches in middle of oven for 12 minutes, or until just pale golden. Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes and transfer to racks to cool completely.
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Pistachio White Chocolate Chunk Cookies (with browned butter in the dough!!) | Recipe from Bakerita.com

Pistachio White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: white chocolate is soo underrated. Okay – maybe some people don’t think that it’s “real” chocolate (with cocoa powder & all that dark chocolate-y stuff), but it’s still amazingly delicious, so why the heck does it matter?!

I’m pro white chocolate all the way, so I’m on a mission to provide you all with recipes that let white chocolate shine. Paired with pistachios in cookie dough that’s all jazzed up with brown butter? It’s definitely shining. [Read more...]

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Some of you may be scoffing at me and shaking your head, wondering why in the world I would be putting bacon into brownies. The better question is why have I not done it sooner?!?! I’m seriously lagging on the bacon-baked good thing, but now I’m totally on board, and I hope you guys are too. If you haven’t tried it – these bacon caramel brownies are the perfect place to start. [Read more...]