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Carrot Cake Bars with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 12
Calories: 610kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 -2 tbsp milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9x13" baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugar.
  • Add the eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla, whisking well to combine.
  • Add the grated carrots, stirring well to combine.
  • Add the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and mix in with a spatula.
  • Finally, add the flour, mixing until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, until the middle is set and a toothpick comes out of the center clean.
  • Cool completely.

Make the Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Add the butter to a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Melt the butter and continue to cook it until brown specks form on the bottom. This will take approximately 10 minutes. Remove from the heat immediately. Transfer the butter to a heatproof container and then cool in the refrigerator until cooled, about 15 minutes. It shouldn't be completely hard/set up...more like room temperature butter.
  • In a medium bowl, beat together the browned butter and cream cheese.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
  • Finally, add in the milk as needed for desired consistency.
  • Frost the cooled carrot cake bars.
  • Cut, serve, and enjoy!


Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 4588IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg