Banana Snickerdoodle Bars are dessert bars that combine the sweetness of bananas and the spiced, sugary goodness of Snickerdoodle cookies. They are a delicious, versatile treat that can be enjoyed in various ways, making them a crowd-pleaser for any occasion!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Bars: The base of the dessert is my ooey-gooey banana bars (which you will want to try) with the addition of cream of tartar.
Cream of Tartar: Cream of tartar is not a cream, but a powdery acid. It can be found in the baking aisle, near the spices, in your local grocery store. In this recipe, it is a key ingredient that helps create a desirable texture and flavor while also working with the other ingredients to achieve the characteristic Snickerdoodle taste.
Bananas: You will need two ripe bananas to mash for these bars, giving you about 2/3 cup.
Topping: The combination of sugar and cinnamon is a classic flavor profile often associated with snickerdoodle cookies. It adds a sweet and slightly spicy flavor to the bars, which complements the bananas’ natural sweetness and the brown sugar’s richness.
How To Serve Banana Snickerdoodle Bars
You can enjoy Banana Snickerdoodle Bars in a variety of ways, allowing you to customize your dessert experience to your taste or the occasion. Here are some ideas for serving:
- Enjoy the bars as they are, without any additional toppings or accompaniments. They are delicious on their own, and the flavors of banana and cinnamon will shine through.
- Warm a serving of the bars in the microwave or oven and top them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Serve the bars with a dollop of freshly whipped cream.
- Drizzle warm caramel sauce over the bars for an extra layer of sweetness and a touch of indulgence.
- If you’re a chocolate lover, consider drizzling some warm chocolate syrup over the bars for a delightful chocolate-banana combination.
- These bars pair nicely with a cup of coffee or tea. The mild sweetness and cinnamon flavor complement hot beverages well.
- Cut the bars into bite-sized pieces and arrange them on a party platter for a dessert buffet.
How To Store Banana Snickerdoodle Bars
To store banana snickerdoodle bars, first, let them cool completely. Then, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last up to 2-3 days. You can also refrigerate the bars for up to a week.
Can I Freeze The Bars?
Sure! For longer storage, freeze the bars. To freeze:
- Let the bars cool completely at room temperature.
- Stack the bars in a single layer with parchment paper or wax paper between the layers to prevent sticking. Alternatively, place them side by side in a single layer on a tray or in a container.
- Place the stacked or arranged bars in an airtight freezer-safe container or a heavy-duty freezer bag.
- Label the container or bag with the contents and the date of freezing for reference.
- Freeze for up to 2-3 months.
- When ready to enjoy, let the bars thaw in the refrigerator.
Banana Snickerdoodle Bars
- 1 cup (2 sticks / 227 g) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups (400 g) light brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed (about ⅔ cup)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar.
- Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix until incorporated.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, salt, and cinnamon.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
- Fold in the bananas.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the batter.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs, but no wet batter.
- Let the bars cool completely. Cut and serve!
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
Banana bars are one of my favorites so my expectations were high with this recipe. I was not disappointed, the Snickerdoodle topping makes this bar even better!
Banana bars with a Snickerdoodle cookie taste?!? Yes, please! What a delicious dessert bar!
Fantastic banana bar with a nice cinnamon sugar layer on the top, can't go wrong!
Okay, these are actually amazing. The only banana dessert I tolerate is banana bread, and now I'll add these to the list. These are delicious! The texture is incredible. A good balance of sweetness and spice!
Great texture and perfect flavor, these are a must-try!