Homemade Vanilla Sugar

January 24, 2008 at 8:52 pm 12 comments

I have never “played” with vanilla beans before so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the vacuum sealed package. Immediately you can smell a faint vanilla scent with a more overwhelming licorice-alcohol-y scent. I think I got a little buzzed! haha. I was all giddy to making something grandiose but I decided to start easy instead…

Vanilla Sugar
(Recipe from Alton Brown, foodnetwork.com)


1 vanilla bean, whole or scraped
2 cups granulated sugar


If vanilla bean is whole, slice down side of bean with back of knife and scrape seeds into airtight container with the sugar.

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Bury bean in sugar and seal tightly with lid. Let sit for 1 to 2 weeks. Use as regular, granulated sugar. Replace sugar as needed. Discard and replace vanilla bean after 1 year.

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Can’t get anymore simple than that. Now the vanilla sugar waiting game begins…


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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. racheypoo  |  January 24, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I can’t wait for my ‘nilla beans to come! I am trying to remember the fancy cocktail that calls for vanilla sugar to rim the glass. Off to google to find it…

  • 2. April  |  January 25, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Interesting! I was wondering what all you could use vanilla sugar for? Rachey…drinks?! Hmm…sounds good to me. : )

  • 3. CB  |  January 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    RACHEYPOO, must share alcoholic vanilla bean recipe!

    APRIL, you use it in any recipe that calls for granulated sugar. It gives it a vanilla-y flavor and suppose to be YUMYUMGOOD. :)

  • 4. HowToEatACupcake  |  January 25, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I should probably buy some vanilla beans soon, because I fully plan on trying that triple vanilla cupcake recipe you suggested!!

  • 5. CB  |  January 25, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    HOWTOEAT, oh yes you must! haha. Not sure if you saw in my previous entry but I bought mine on ebay. 1/4lb (~25 vanilla beans) for $12. Such a killer deal. ebay seller= organic-vanilla. I am way happy with them and will definitely order again.

  • 6. Courtney  |  May 21, 2008 at 8:18 am

    I also found vanilla beans at Costco–no less. For $11.99 for 10. Its a bit more than what you paid on eBay, but if you can’t wait for a shipment….this was the best deal I could find near me.

  • 7. CB  |  May 21, 2008 at 8:21 am

    COURTNEY, costco? really!?! Oh thats awesome! Next time I go I’ll have to check. Do you remember what area you found them in?

  • 8. Courtney  |  May 21, 2008 at 8:30 am

    It was by all the spices and baking supplies (you know..the 100 lb bags of flour LOL!) I have never seen them there before and I got REALLY giddy when I found them! My husband never knew all it took was a good deal on vanilla beans to make me happy :) But I will be checking Ebay next time! What a steal!

    They are from a company called Rodelle and I did look them up on their website when I got home so I expect them to be good quality. I will let you know how I like them as I plan to try your vanilla bean frosting this weekend. :) BTW–your latest cupcakes look great too!! Can’t wait to make vanilla sugar!

  • 9. CB  |  May 21, 2008 at 9:26 am

    COURTNEY, haha 100lb of flour! I know exactly what you are talking about. Somedays I contemplate buying it b/c I know I’d use it eventually but where the heck would I store it?? Yes, definitely let me know what you think about the VB frosting! Thanks for the costo tip!

  • 10. Courtney  |  May 21, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    No problem! I know, 100lbs of flour at a discount is tempting. :) I will let you know about the frosting.

    Where do you find your mini cup cake papers? I scoured google and didnt come up with what I was looking for.

  • 11. CB  |  May 21, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    COURTNEY, The cupcake liners I use are actually called “party nut cups” or “souffle cups” depending on where you buy them. I buy mine from Smart&Final – 3.25 or 2oz souffle cups. I love it b/c its 250 for $5. Its great for my wallet since I bake SO many cupcakes. HTH!

  • 12. Courtney  |  May 21, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    hmm…not sure if we have Smart&Final, but now that I know what they are ‘called’ I am certain I can find them now! Thanks…and yes..you know me. I love a bargain too. :)


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