Death by Vanilla

This White Chocolate Vanilla Bars are so easy and so good, you won’t be able to eat just one. A simple vanilla bars recipe topped with homemade vanilla frosting!

Close-up view of a White Chocolate frosted Vanilla Bar

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.

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White Chocolate Vanilla Bars

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  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1520 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This White Chocolate Vanilla Bars are so easy and so good, you won’t be able to eat just one. A simple vanilla bars recipe topped with homemade vanilla frosting!




  • ½ cup butter
  • 10 ounce bag white vanilla baking chips (1 2/3 cups)
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs


  • 1½ cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 3 Tbs butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 Tbsp of milk (until smooth spreadable consistency)


  1. Preheat to 350
  2. Spray 9×9 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


  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 162
  • Sugar: 21.9 g
  • Sodium: 174.2 mg
  • Fat: 3.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.5 g
  • Protein: 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.6 mg

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51 comments on “Death by Vanilla”

  1. omg i made these last night and they are incredible I am a white chocolate/vanilla fan and i was in vanilla heaven anytime i need a vanilla fix these are it thanks so much!

  2. 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!

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

    1. Vanilla chips are just another name for the white chocolate chips that some manufacturers use 🙂

  4. 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?

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