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.

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White Chocolate Vanilla Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 15-20 bars 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

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!


Ingredients:

Bars

  • 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

Frosting:

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

Instructions

  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.

Notes:

recipe only slightly adapted from Recipe Girl

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

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

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Heather
Heather
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!

Mary
Mary
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!

Casey
Casey
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?

Life with Kaishon
July 20, 2012 9:54 pm

These look divine! Thanks for sharing : )

Intricate Knot
July 16, 2012 7:38 pm

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

almondjoycie
May 29, 2012 10:38 am

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

Lisa
Lisa
May 17, 2012 10:32 pm

I use vanilla bean paste. Way cheaper and easier.

Sally
Sally
February 28, 2012 10:22 pm

Omg! My twin!

Jenna
Jenna
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!

katy
katy
November 19, 2011 2:40 am

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

Carly
Carly
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!

Kerri
Kerri
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

kitchen koala
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.

Katy
Katy
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,
k

Karly
Karly
January 21, 2010 9:06 pm

Those sound dangerous!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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