Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

I got this recipe from a close family friend a few years ago.  Our mom’s have known each other for over 30 years and we grew up as neighbors, also becoming the best of friends.  Andrea made these awesome banana bars at one of our little get-togethers and I just had to have the recipe.  She so kindly gave it to me, hopefully it’s not a family secret recipe because I am going to share it with you all!  The recipe calls for a 10×15 pan, but I used a 9×13.  Still tasted great, just a little thicker.  I was also excited to use some beautiful and tasty brown sugar brought all the way from Guyana from my special friend Kristin.  Enjoy!

Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

2 c. flour

3/4 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. white sugar

1 t. salt

1 t. vanilla

1/2 c. shortening

2 eggs

1/2 c. buttermilk

2 ripe bananas

Combine all and beat for 2 minutes.  Turn into a greased 10×15 jelly roll pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Cool before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 oz. cream cheese, room temp

1 1/3 c. butter, room temp

1 T. milk

1 t. vanilla

2 c. powdered sugar

Beat all but sugar till creamy.  Stir in sugar until smooth.  Spread over bars.  Enjoy!

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