Since we celebrated Easter yesterday, I’ve moved my bar recipe to today and Meal Planning Monday to tomorrow! We can meal plan on a Tuesday, right? Sure we can!
I love vanilla. I love vanilla more than chocolate (and you guys know how much I love chocolate!). Since my Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake went down as one of your very favorite bundt cakes, I thought I’d do a bar version…you will love these babies too! Simple, moist, and full of that yummy vanilla flavor…move over chocolate, there is a new brownie in town.
I scraped the seeds out of two vanilla beans but you could substitute a little good quality vanilla extract instead. I would use 2 teaspoons in the brownie batter and 2 teaspoons in the frosting. But I highly recommend using a vanilla bean if for nothing else, the little flecks of vanilla bean goodness.
1 box of white cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1-2 splashes of milk
2 vanilla beans, split down the middle and the seeds scraped out
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease (I use Pam) a 9×13 baking dish. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine first 4 ingredients with an electric mixer. Stir in the seeds of one of your vanilla beans. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow bars to cool on the counter.
Once the bars are cool, start making your frosting. Beat your butter, powdered sugar and splash of milk with an electric mixer. If your frosting is too thin, add more sugar and if it’s too thick, add another splash of milk. Once frosting reaches the desired consistency, stir in the seeds from your second vanilla bean.
Frost cooled bars with vanilla bean frosting.
Slice into bars and serve. Keep refrigerated when not serving.
I do love me some vanilla. I also love me a simple little bar recipe. Have a great Monday!