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Vanilla Sugar {Easy Homemade Gift}

Discover the simple steps for how to make Homemade Vanilla Sugar. There are so many uses for this delicious recipe and it makes an amazing gift!

jars with vanilla sugar and vanilla beans

Did you already start your homemade vanilla extract for the holidays? Do you have any vanilla beans left over? If the answer is yes, try your hand at making vanilla sugar.

What is Vanilla Sugar?

Blowing your mind here people, but it’s sugar. That has hints of vanilla in it. I know, shocking.

The vanilla flavor is super unique and can amp up your baking and cooking and take it to the next level. Plus, it’s insanely easy to make and is also a simple homemade holiday gift that people will love. For very little work, which is pretty much my favorite kind of gift to give!

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How To Use Vanilla Sugar

You can use it in place of sugar in any recipe, but using it strategically can really help it shine. Sprinkle it on top of Easy Creme Brulee With Raspberry and Lemon, blast it in a food processor or blender for homemade powdered sugar (related: How to Make Powdered Sugar), or sprinkle it on top of homemade Apple Cider Donuts.

How Do You Make Vanilla Sugar?

Oh, friends, this is so simple. You’re going to love it!

Place 2 cups of sugar into your lidded container of choice (I always use a mason jar). Split one bean in half, scrape the seeds out and add the seeds and the outer bean to the sugar.

Put the lid on, shake, and let sit for two weeks.

That’s it!

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • The bean will get hard after a few days in the sugar (TWSS). That’s ok because it is still working hard doing its thing infusing all that delicious vanilla goodness!
  • Use any kind of sugar you’d like. But, in my opinion, brown sugar (related: How to Make Brown Sugar) would likely have too strong of a flavor to make much of a difference in the taste.
  • You can use spent beans from Homemade Vanilla Extract to extend their useful little vanilla lives, but you will want to make sure two things happen. One) have the beans dry out before adding them to the sugar and two) you’ll want to double the number of vanilla beans since some of the vanilla essence has already been used up for the extract.

Variations

  • Add some citrus zest (orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit) for a delicious fruity flavor. Lime-flavored vanilla sugar would be amazing sprinkled on top of Key Lime Creme Brulee!
  • Combine dried ginger with the sugar for a spicy ginger vanilla sugar.
  • Or how about lavender vanilla? Dried culinary lavender added with the vanilla beans would make an amazing and unique flavor added to shortbreads or a homemade fancy coffee drink. I happen to know that white chocolate pairs really well with lavender lattes.
  • My friend Katie makes Vanilla Salt for topping desserts. I could totally get on board with a sprinkle of vanilla salt on top of my Softest Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe (they’re so good you’ll cry).

a blue mason jar filled with vanilla sugar

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Vanilla Sugar {Easy Homemade Gift}
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Discover the simple steps for how to make Homemade Vanilla Sugar. There are so many uses for this delicious recipe and it makes an amazing gift!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade vanilla sugar, how to make vanilla sugar, vanilla sugar
Servings: 32
Calories: 48 kcal
Author: Sarah Cook - Sustainable Cooks
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place 2 cups of sugar into your lidded container of choice (I always use a mason jar). 

  2. Split one bean in half, scrape the seeds out and add the seeds and the outer bean to the sugar.

  3. Put the lid on, shake, and let sit for two weeks.

Recipe Notes

Use any kind of sugar you'd like. Brown sugar (related: How to Make Brown Sugar) would likely have too strong of a flavor to make much of a difference in the taste.

 

You can use spent beans from Homemade Vanilla Extract to extend their useful little vanilla lives, but you will want to make sure two things happen. One) have the beans dry out before adding them to the sugar and two) you'll want to double the number of vanilla beans since some of the vanilla essence has already been used up for the extract.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Sugar {Easy Homemade Gift}
Amount Per Serving (1 tsp)
Calories 48
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 0g 0%
Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in November 2011. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable.

Discover the simple steps for how to make Homemade Vanilla Sugar. There are so many uses for this delicious recipe and it makes an amazing gift!

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4 comments on “Vanilla Sugar {Easy Homemade Gift}”

  1. That’s exactly what we did with the vanilla beans we had left over from the vanilla extract 🙂 Except I didn’t split mine. That way when we need the vanilla we can still use it.

  2. Ah, you’re a smarty pants! Good call on the whole beans. I still have so many that I figured I could split a few. Been using the same beans for the sugar since last Christmas.

  3. Definetly going to do this today!!