November 23, 2011

Make Vanilla Sugar with Leftover Vanilla Beans

Make Vanilla Sugar with Leftover Vanilla Beans

If you’ve got leftover vanilla beans — say, from making macarons — don’t throw the empty pods away. Did you know you can throw empty, scraped vanilla bean shells into a container with sugar to make vanilla sugar? You’d be surprised at how much flavor and fragrance those would-be disposable beans still have left to give!

Make Vanilla Sugar with Leftover Vanilla Beans

Not sure what to make with vanilla beans? You can use a vanilla bean in place of any recipe that calls for vanilla. One vanilla bean equals roughly 2-3 teaspoons of vanilla extract, although if a recipe called for 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, I personally would go ahead and use the whole bean! If you’ve never used a whole vanilla bean before, here’s a step-by-step photo tutorial from my Halloween macaron post on how to scrape a vanilla bean.

You could add the seeds from a vanilla bean to this 2-ingredient ice cream for a beautiful Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Or use it your favorite buttercream frosting recipe. (Mine’s here, down at the bottom.) I absolutely adore the pure little flecks of vanilla bean that show up!

What about adding it to pancakes for Vanilla Bean Pancakes? And topping it with this Vanilla Bean Butter?? A thousand times yes.

Make Vanilla Sugar with Leftover Vanilla Beans

A good ratio for your vanilla sugar is roughly 2 cups of sugar per vanilla bean. But I don’t really measure, I just throw my beans into the container above whenever I’m done with them. Store in an airtight container and after about a week, your sugar will be infused with delicious vanilla flavor.

Now with your brand-new vanilla sugar, you can use it anywhere you’d normally use sugar for a little extra vanilla essence. Pancakes, waffles, cookies, biscuits, cupcakes, muffins… The possibilities are totally up to you! What would you make with vanilla sugar?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! I’ll be here on Black Friday with a fun giveaway. See you then!



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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 23, 2011 at 1:19 am

I love how easy this is. Just throw the bean in with the sugar and it’s infused in a week? I am soooo doing this. Thanks for the hot tip! I LOVE vanilla!!!

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JenM November 23, 2011 at 1:55 am

I’m planning on making vanilla sugar for a dry hot chocolate mix. I love the addition of vanilla but as it’s a dry mix it’s the only way I can include the vanilla flavour.

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Kate M. November 23, 2011 at 2:59 am

Fabulous idea!

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Beth November 23, 2011 at 4:29 am

yummy idea. (:

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meg November 23, 2011 at 6:32 am

Here in Belgium, vanilla sugar is dirt cheap (while vanilla essence costs an arm and a leg – don’t even think about the beans!!) and I use it all the time! (FYI – it is sooo good in a homemade iced coffee – really adds that extra sumthin’!! :p)

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Cassie (Bake Your Day) November 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

Brilliant idea. I always feel like there is more that could be done with them after the seeds are scraped!

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Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

So excited to try this when I use up my vanilla beans this week! It’ll be great to have some extra-special sugar around for the holidays. :)

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TidyMom November 23, 2011 at 8:25 am

lol great minds………..I have a post written about the same thing, haven’t posted yet! lol

Nothing better than baking with a little vanilla sugar!!

Happy Thanksgiving Amanda!

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Melissa November 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

Wonderful idea…thanks for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Ryan November 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

In baking my Breads hummmm and in My Coffee this morning that would have been really Tasty Thanks ! Happy Thanksgiving Amanda , Kevin, Howie and Miley.

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Jenni H. November 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

Oh how yummy! Good idea. Have a Happy Thanksgiving you guys! :)

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Dalai Lina November 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

That is great information. I have always wondered the equivalent amount of bean to extract! Thanks.

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Mareen November 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

I always make my own vanilla sugar. It is so much better than the store bought stuff, rigth?! I have one airtight container and throw in a vanilla bean pot whenever I scraped it out and refill it with suger when it is almost empty. Every once in a while I sort out the old vanilla beans when they are dried out. Perfect!

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Shirley November 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Vanilla Sugar would be yummy on top of muffins or cookies!! Yum! Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

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Just Jenn November 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I like adding vanilla sugar to my coffee.

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Ashley Bird November 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

What a great idea. Making sugar cubes infused with vanilla beans would be delicious!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh November 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Love this and I just happen to have a few vanilla beans waiting to be used! Gotta love culinary fate!

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Nicole P November 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I would probably make snickerdoodles. I am curious though, if you use vanilla sugar in a recipe that also calls for vanilla do you still use the vanilla or leave it out bc it’s in your sugar?

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Robin S November 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Amanda, I thought I’d mention that, while the recipes on other blogs that you link to are really yummy sounding, YOUR food photography is usually so much better! It goes to show that food photography is more than just being able to focus a camera. It’s all about the composition, lighting, white balance and more. Your photography was instrumental in my deciding to get a DSLR and I don’t even have a blog!

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Judy November 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm

What a great idea

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Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking November 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

This is such a great idea. What a neat gift this would make for the holidays!!

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Diana @ a girl, a dog & an oven November 25, 2011 at 5:39 am

This is a great idea! I love using vanilla beans – I think you get the best flavor that way – but they’re so expensive and I always feel bad throwing away the pods. Next time I’m going to start doing this!

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Francisca November 27, 2011 at 12:46 am

Wow, that’s a great idea! I just found your site through the giveaway contest, wished I had found it sooner…

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Qadoshyah November 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

That is a wonderful idea!!

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Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} November 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I have a Mason jar filled with this wonderful stuff in my cupboard. Love it!

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angela@spinachtiger November 29, 2011 at 7:22 am

Amanda such a simple thing is such a great idea. Sometimes I hesitate to use a vanilla bean because I don’t need whole thing, but vanilla sugar is fantastic. I could smell it right now and it puts me in mood for sugar cookies.

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jackie November 29, 2011 at 7:54 am

Do I really have to wait a week. I want it now!!!!

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