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!

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

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 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

Keywords: homemade vanilla bars, easy vanilla bars recipe, vanilla bars with frosting

I will enjoying these tonight as I tune in to The Bachelor while wearing my Snuggie…

50 Responses

  1. SprinkleBakes

    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.

  2. High Heels and Aprons

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

    Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

  3. thepastrychefathome

    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…

  4. Chey can cook! (and more)

    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:)

  5. sarahe

    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!

  6. Monica H

    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!

  7. betchacanteatjustone

    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 🙂


  8. Jennifer

    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!

  9. bridget {bake at 350}

    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!*

  10. Mara...

    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!!

  11. ++MIRA++

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

  12. Sara Tea

    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.

  13. cookies and cups

    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!

  14. Megan

    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!

  15. Susan @ SGCC

    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! 🙂

  16. Diane {}

    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!

  17. Katy

    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,

  18. kitchen koala

    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.

  19. Kerri

    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

  20. Jenna

    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!

  21. Casey

    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?

  22. Mary

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

  23. Heather

    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!

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