Death by Vanilla

So I am a little obsessed with Pop Culture.
I get anxiety if my Entertainment Weekly is not delivered on Fridays.  I read Perez Hilton.
I. Watch. The. Hills.
The DVR has become an indispensable electronic in our house.  When everyone else is in bed it becomes my late night friend.
Yes, I am tuning into Jersey Shore and all its fist-pumping glory, American Idol (Pants on the ground anyone?) and the latest season of Celebrity Rehab.  Dude, did you SEE Heidi Fleiss? Ouch.
My obsession doesn’t end with TV, though…it’s extended to all forms of Pop Culture: clothing, food and “As Seen on TV“.  I know, right?!?  Who could live without the PedEgg or cha-cha-cha-Chia?
My ipod is filled with a strange mix from Barbara Streisand to Eminem…and I have been know to nod my head like “yeah” on more than one occasion.
My husband doesn’t really subscribe to any of this…he would rather be watching “Apocalypse Week” on the History Channel than marveling over Kate’s new hair extensions. (You know what I’m talking about).
Yes, pop culture is a form of escapism.  I’m not afraid to admit it.
Speaking of escaping…let’s all escape to a world where calories don’t exist.
Are you there yet? Ahhh, it feels good.
Now, if calories don’t exist that means I can eat an entire tray of these…
…with no worries about jeans or muffin-top.
Muffins..mmmmm.  Stay focused.  Vanilla Bars.
Yeah, these are good.  Really good.  So good that when I took the first bite I literally closed my eyes and exhaled.  So good that they could be a problem.
Escape good.
Moving my hips like “yeah” good.
White Chocolate Vanilla Bars
  • ½ cup butter
  • 10 ounce bag white vanilla baking chips (1⅔ cups)
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 3 Tbs butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp of milk (until smooth spreadable consistency)
  1. Preheat to 350
  2. Spray 9x9 pan with cooking spray
  3. In medium sized saucepan melt the butter and white chips over low heat. Stir pretty constantly so the chocolate doesn't burn.
  4. When melted it will appear a bit curdled...this is okay. Remove from heat.
  5. Now add all the other ingredients into the saucepan and stir until combined and smooth.
  6. Spread in prepared pan.
  7. Bake for approx 25-30 minutes until set and toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let cool and then frost.
recipe only slightly adapted from Recipe Girl

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January 18, 2010 9:48 pm

I should whip up a batch of these and eat them in my snuggie while watching the bachlor too!! They look marvelous!!

January 18, 2010 9:52 pm

I'm just going to say "me too" on all accounts – even on the husband/history channel/apocalypse week thing.

I'm going to be in serious chocolate burn-out soon. Thanks for the recipe! I'll need a change.

High Heels and Aprons
January 18, 2010 9:59 pm

Do you think I may have a "problem" because I read and understood ALL of your pop cultural references? Holla!

Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

January 18, 2010 10:10 pm

I'm with the girls, pop junkie! Love reading your blog!


January 18, 2010 10:44 pm

Glad you enjoyed! It's a snuggie kinda day around here (pouring rain). Wish I had one!

January 18, 2010 11:53 pm

I'm in a chocolate induced coma at the moment, and these are looking like just the thing to get me out of it!

ps: Heidi Fleiss's lips terrorize me…

January 18, 2010 11:53 pm

You're silly! Those bars look terrific. I MUCH prefer vanilla over chocolate!

Chey can cook! (and more)
January 19, 2010 1:01 am

I love love love this post – I can relate! I subscribe to US Weekly, read Perez Hilton, People, etc, I watch the Hills or old Laguna Beach episodes when they're on…along with the Real Housewives, Celeb Rehab, the Bachelor…etc etc. Love the recipe too:)

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet
January 19, 2010 1:20 am

Yum! I wish I had time to make some before the Bachelor started 😛 Maybe for next week!

January 19, 2010 2:23 am

I am a pop culture junkie too. GTL baby! I loved your post today. It made me laugh out loud. Those bars look just delicious.

Pink Little Cake
January 19, 2010 3:24 am

I am joining you and all the other girls comments. I am also addicted to Farmville. I love your post.

January 19, 2010 3:48 am

LOVE IT! I am definitely a pop culture addict. I subscribe to so many magazines that I am 3 months behind in reading them (really a year behind, but 3 months in my favorites) and these bars look A-MAZING!

Monica H
January 19, 2010 8:09 am

Ooh, that looks like delicious yellow cake :-)

I am intrigued by the melted chips in the batter. hmmm.

I got my vanilla beans from Costco. They are from Rodelle and they came in a pack of 2 vials with 5 beans per vial. So 10 beans for $10. They've been good!

January 19, 2010 11:19 am

Oh these look beyond sinfully good, and I am a true vanilla fan, Id love these..

January 19, 2010 2:19 pm

I love your pop culture honesty! The Hills had me sucked in for a long time but now I can't let a Monday night pass without watching the Bachelor!
Yummy looking recipe! Vanilla deserves more attention like this :)


January 19, 2010 3:23 pm

Your hilarious! This recipe just went in my to bake folder!!! Now for a little Bachelor talk, Im soooo glad Michelle is gone! Did she really think she would say "i think im just going to go home" and he would say "ohhh no michelle stay I cant live without you" Later crazy lady…….. HA!

bridget {bake at 350}
January 19, 2010 3:33 pm

So funny!!! I gave up "gossip sites" for lent a couple years ago and haven't been back, BUT I was totally addicted to TMZ & Perez! 😉

Vanilla Bars…THOSE look *dreamy!*

January 19, 2010 6:03 pm

Yuuuuuuuuum! I want to eat these right now! And Im totally with you on your pop culture obsession! yaay Snookie!

January 19, 2010 9:32 pm

I seriously am addicted to The Bachelor and Celebrity Rehab!!!! Did you watch the Bachelor last night? Some GOOD TV!!!

And your recipe looks fantastic. My son is not a big chocolate fan, he would LOVE it!!

Sue Sparks
January 19, 2010 10:02 pm

Looks so moist and yummy!

January 19, 2010 10:49 pm

u know, i tend to like vanilla cake sometimes better than chocolate just cuz chocolate is everywhere. vanillais the underdog.yumm

Sara Tea
January 19, 2010 11:59 pm

These look incredible. I don't think Ive ever seen vanilla chips though, I must go on a mission to find them though. P.s. LOVE pop culture, which is why I adored the Gilmore girls.

January 20, 2010 1:11 am

I have such a big crush on your blog – it's so cute! ^_^

A home far away
January 20, 2010 1:57 am

Wow that looks yummie!

Have a great day!
Hugs Gunilla in Singapore

January 20, 2010 7:33 am

Your bars look off the hook! Have you ever watched Dexter-unbelievable t.v.

January 20, 2010 12:09 pm

I think you might be my long lost sister! I could have written this post! I am making these bars. YUM!

cookies and cups
January 20, 2010 1:09 pm

I have so many kindred spirits! yay!
jennifer – thank goodness that crazy girl is was so hilarious when he was like, just go. she was all, "but I…uh…are you sure..?" And the other, kiss me, don't kiss me, you can't kiss me, do you want to kiss me girl. did NOT like her!

January 20, 2010 8:57 pm

Yum! I love vanilla these do look dangerous.

January 20, 2010 10:29 pm

I LOVE anything vanilla!! I can't wait to try these. Pop Culture ROCKS!! By the way, Kate's extensions work 😉

January 21, 2010 12:17 am

These look delicious-that frosting-YUM!! And have no fear, I too shamelessly ready Perez Hilton. These sound like the perfect accompaniment to The Bachelor-I just may whip of a batch of these for next Monday's episode :)

So happy to have stumbled upon your blog-I bookmarked you and will definitely be back!

Susan @ SGCC
January 21, 2010 2:20 pm

Oooh! Those bars look soooo good! I'm gonna make a batch, drag out my leopard print Snuggie and curl up with some to watch Project Runway tonight! :)

Diane {}
January 21, 2010 4:44 pm

mmm… looks yummy!
Life would be no fun at all if we had to count ALL the calories, I like selective counting-like a selective memory only sweeter!

January 21, 2010 7:34 pm

I'm a chocolate lover, but I can make room in my life for yumminess like this :)

January 21, 2010 9:06 pm

Those sound dangerous!

January 21, 2010 9:40 pm

Hi, I'm new to your blog and thought i would enjoy reading your site. We share many things in common, such as The Bachelor, lovin' our snuggies & all things sugar!

love your site,

kitchen koala
January 21, 2010 10:04 pm

I love Snuggies and all things informercial! If you're looking for vanilla beans on the cheap, there is a seller on eBay (I believe it is Vanilla USA) where I got mine from. Can't remember the price off hand since it was almost 2 years ago (and I still have some!), but it worked out to about 75 cents a bean.

January 31, 2010 3:11 pm

Oh my! I just love your description! If you were still in Texas, I might think we were married to the same person! LOL

Love your blog and love so many of the items that you post. :)

I will have to keep these bars in mind for our next girls night in. YUMMY

February 16, 2010 3:14 am

these look unbelievable, I am actually watching the Bachelor right now and think I might make these when its over!

November 19, 2011 2:40 am

you can get vanilla beans on amazon pretty cheap! way better than the grocery store prices :)

February 3, 2012 7:30 pm

Were you reading my mind when you wrote this?? :) My husband doesn’t enjoy ANYTHING about my LOVE of pop culture and anything sweet!
Don’t they just go together so well??
Besides watching History (puts me to sleep instantly) he’s watching Fox News. Ugh!

February 28, 2012 10:22 pm

Omg! My twin!

May 17, 2012 10:32 pm

I use vanilla bean paste. Way cheaper and easier.

May 29, 2012 10:38 am

I must say that was the BEST. FOOD. BLOG. POST. ever.

July 16, 2012 7:38 pm

I think I’m in love. Can’t wait to make these!

July 20, 2012 9:54 pm

These look divine! Thanks for sharing : )

July 27, 2012 6:55 pm

I just discovered these and, given that swimsuit season is wrapping up, I think today is a great time to whip up a batch! I am curious- can I use white chocolate chips in place of baking chips? If not, what brand do you suggest?

October 7, 2012 4:42 pm

So confused about the vanilla chips! Some of you are talking about beans? Are theses the same as white chocolate chips? Thanks!

January 5, 2014 5:07 pm

I love this recipe! I’ve also altered it a bit by spooning into mini muffin pans…and sticking a berry (from a bag of frozen mixed berries) into each before baking. Super yummy! another thing, I rarely have white baking chips, but always have white almond bark…that works beautifully too!