This banana cookie bar recipe was given to me years ago by a friend in Nebraska; they come out perfect every time!


Recipe Summary

10 mins
25 mins
35 mins
1 hr 10 mins
3 dozen


Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 10x15-inch rimmed baking pan.

  • Beat 1/2 cup butter and white sugar together in a bowl using an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in bananas, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add to the banana mixture and mix well. Pour into the prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool, about 30 minutes.

  • Beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract gradually; beat well. Spread frosting over the cooled bars and sprinkle walnuts on top.

Cook's Note:

Margarine can be substituted for the butter, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

215 calories; protein 2.1g; carbohydrates 32.9g; fat 8.9g; cholesterol 35.9mg; sodium 100.3mg. Full Nutrition

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I made these bars today and really enjoyed them! I used a 13x9 pan so they turned out thicker than pictured. I cut the sugar a bit, and used about 3/4 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup white sugar. And instead of sprinkling the walnuts on top of the frosting I put them on top of the batter before I baked it. They give a nice crunch to the cake bars that you would notice with or without frosting. Thanks for the yummy recipe! Read More