Vanilla’d Sugar

Often in our recipes we include “vanilla’d sugar” as an ingredient (with a brief description in parentheses).  To be honest, we don’t have any other kind of sugar in our house, so we only use vanilla’d sugar even if we don’t note it in a recipe.  Making vanilla’d sugar is easy, but it still requires a bit of explanation so we thought it’d be best to spell it out.  Trust us, once you switch from regular sugar to vanilla’d sugar, you’ll wonder why this wasn’t something more commonly known and practiced.  It adds an extra sweetness, like a secret ingredient that will make others wonder why their version of your recipe didn’t turn out as good as yours!

older beans

older beans

If you use a vanilla bean in a recipe, you can clean it with water (no soap) and let it dry for a couple of days before adding to the sugar.  As you keep adding vanilla beans whenever you get new sugar or use vanilla in a recipe, you can take out the older beans.  Vanilla beans won’t go bad, so old ones can stay in your sugar storage container for almost a year.  Don’t remove any after less than 6 months, and as always, the more the merrier.

To get started:

5 lbs. of white sugar

3 vanilla beans



Split the beans lengthwise in half.  Scrape the insides of the halfs, and discard nothing – it all goes in the sugar.

one whole bean, halved and scraped

one whole bean, halved and scraped

With the sugar in a large bowl, add the vanilla beans and scrapings.

loaded up

loaded up

Every last bit goes in.

stirred in

stirred in

Stir the beans and scrapings into the sugar and transfer to an airtight storage container.  Use for making:

Cookies, cakes, and other pastries

Your morning cup of coffee


Toffee, fudge, and various confections

Basically anything you would use sugar for, use vanilla’d sugar to enhance it.

Posted on September 21, 2013, in Recipes and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I normally just use the beans. Yes, I one I fish out of the cream after I made ice cream or chocolate and just throw them in the sugar jar. All the seeds were used in the cream or else left just the shell of the pods. I just don’t want to discard the nice fragrant pods. My vanilla sugar smell alright but now I saw yours. I think yours must smell wonderful.

    I’m going to go back and scrap all the seeds and add some to that jar right now.

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