A slice of moist, chewy carrot cake bars with cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts.
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Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are chewy, dense, moist, and filled with all the flavor of your favorite carrot cake. Then they're topped with cream cheese frosting and a few chopped walnuts for the best easy dessert recipe!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 d 7 hrs
Course: Dessert
Servings: 18 bars
Author: Fiona

Ingredients

Carrot Cake Bars

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups grated carrots about 3 large carrots
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 6 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts optional 

Instructions

Carrot Cake Bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with aluminum boil and lightly grease.
  • In a large bowl stir together the melted butter and brown sugar. 
  • Stir in the vanilla, eggs, egg yolk and grated carrots.
  • Gently fold in the flour, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 28-32 minutes or until the top looks set and the edges are just starting to pull away from the pan.
  • Allow to cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat together the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl.
  • Add the vanilla extract and salt, then carefully beat in the powdered sugar until you get to your desired sweetness level.
  • Frost the cooled bars and sprinkle with chopped walnuts (optional).

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.