Lemon Vanilla Dream Bars

And these my friends, are just as dreamy as the name implies….  I finally picked a recipe to use in my first attempt at using vanilla bean paste.  These are sort of a vanilla version of a brownie.  It starts by melting chopped white chocolate with butter — and if that doesn’t say enough — you finish by swirling lemon curd in just before baking.  I had my first one right out of the oven and it was warm and still a little gooey, with chunks of white chocolate and loads of vanilla and lemon flavor.  I think this is a wonderful alternative to the classic brownie and the lemon curd is wonderful reminder of spring (in case it decides not to grace us with its presence this year)!

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Lemon Vanilla Dream Bars


  • 10 oz WHITE CHOCOLATE, chopped and divided
  • 6 Tablespoons UNSALTED BUTTER, cubed
  • 1/4 cup SUGAR
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT
  • 2 EGGS, at room temp
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA BEAN PASTE
  • 1 cup FLOUR, sifted
  • 1/2 cup LEMON CURD


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in middle position. Line an 8-by-8 inch pan with parchment paper so there is an overhang, making removal easier.
  2. Melt 8 oz of the white chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring. When melted, remove bowl from heat and stir in sugar and salt.
  3. Whisk in eggs one at a time and then whisk in vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste. With a spatula, gently fold in flour. When just a few streaks of flour remain, fold in the remaining 2 ounces of white chocolate. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
  4. Dollop lemon curd on top of batter in 5 to 6 equal portions. With a knife, swirl curd into batter with a figure-8 motion. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean but not dry, approx. 25-28 minutes.
  5. Let cool in pan completely. Then grasping the parchment paper overhang, lift out the entire block and cut into 12 squares. ENJOY!!!

Recipe Source:  Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever




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  1. donna says

    thanks! I’ve been wanting to buy vanilla paste to try but had no idea what i would do with it … now i know!

  2. says

    These sounds so awesome. I’d honestly never heard of vanilla bean extract. I’ve got an egg allergy though and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good substitute? I’ve tried the powdered stuff but it comes out a mess (maybe that’s more to do with my baking though!)


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