How to make Vanilla Sugar

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Last year when I threw my sisters baby shower( you can view the awesome-ness here ), I didn’t want to give away a favor that was a cheap-y piece of plastic or something that someone was just going to throw away. I was going to make homemade jam to send home with the guests, but I just didn’t feel like all of that work, so I decided on Vanilla Sugar.
Vanilla Sugar is something I ALWAYS have on hand. I have a continual container of sugar that I just throw my used vanilla beans in, so I always have vanilla sugar to use in my baked goods, coffee, oatmeal…etc.
Vanilla Beans can be SUPER CRAZY expensive if you buy them at the store. I purchase mine in bulk on ebay for a considerably lower price.
I also gave homemade sugar to my kids teachers at the beginning of the year. Homemade gifts are always the best.

I made this batch pretty big because I had to make like 50 Mason pint jars of it, but the ratio of sugar to vanilla bean I used was
2 cups sugar to 1 vanilla bean.

* You can keep vanilla sugar on hand indefinitely. Anytime you use a vanilla bean, just toss it into your sealed sugar container and give it a shake.

*If you are making vanilla sugar for the first time and plan to keep it on hand, allow the vanilla bean to do its magic for about 2 weeks in a sealed container w/ the sugar. Give it a shake every so often.


Get you some beautiful PLUMP and MOIST vanilla Beans
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Cut the bean in half
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Slice it down the middle…..
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But leave one end intact
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See the shiny black inside..Those are the vanilla Seeds
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With your finger or with the back of a knife, scrape out the seeds
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Plop the seeds in your bowl with the sugar.
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Heres the fun part, take your fingers and distribute the vanilla seeds into the sugar.
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Keep mixing…it takes a bit. And soon you will have vanilla sugar.
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To package it all nice and pretty, see below….

Get some pint mason jars, fabric and ribbon.
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Put one vanilla bean in the mason jar.
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Pour the vanilla sugar into the mason jar.
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Pop the lid thing-y on it.
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Cut a circle out of fabric, slightly larger than the jar top.
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Place the fabric circle on top of the lid.
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Screw the ring do-hicky over the fabric.
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Finish off with a simple ribbon and a tag if you wish.
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  1. 1

    sweet! i have a vanilla bean! totally trying this…i think it would be delish in coffee 🙂

  2. 2

    LOVE it!

  3. 3

    You know, I always have a jar of vanilla sugar in the pantry, but never thought to use it as a gift. Brilliant!

  4. 4

    What a great tutorial, Leslie. This has been bookmarked. I hope you have a terrific day. Blessings…Mary

  5. 5

    Your brilliant girl, just brilliant. I have to keep this for Christmas gifts for next yr. THANKS!!

  6. 6

    yummy…tasty one..Bookmarked


  7. 7

    What an awesome favor! I love vanilla sugar too….Maybe I will make this for holiday gifts next year!

  8. 8

    Lovely idea – so pretty AND delicious – just ready for all those delectable baked goods. So glad to have found your blog – signing up to follow and looking forward to more!
    mary x

  9. 9

    What an awesome gift!!! Can’t wait to try this out for myself.

  10. 10

    Seriously. Best gift EVER. xo

  11. 11

    I love this idea! Have you tried using this sugar in chocolate chip cookies, or do you think the flavor would be too overpowering?

  12. 13

    I’ve been wanting to try this – thanks for the reminder! I love the little tags on the jars – so cute!

  13. 14

    Wonderful idea! I love it! It is the best gift. Your jars look fantastic with the ribbon and tag.

    Have a great day 🙂

  14. 15

    Great site, so many yummy ideas that I can’t wait to try!


  15. 16

    Fun idea! I do that too….always have a jar of it in my pantry, but never thought to give it as a gift.

  16. 17

    i love anything that is put into a mason jar, including this!! xo

  17. 18

    GREAT idea for a gift, and so simple!

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    I have seen this done many times but have not tried it myself, does it really taste like vanilla?

    • 20

      Great question. It does not taste like you are drinking vanilla extract or anything…it just gives the sugar a nice mellow vanilla taste. Nothing strong at all. In fact when I use it in baking, I don’t even back off on the amount of vanilla extract if the recipe calls for it. I just used it in a sweet pastry tart and it gave it a wonderful vanilla essence.

  19. 21

    Fabulous. Great gift Idea…

    I looked at the shower photos. Really Exquisite.

  20. 22

    This looks like such a great idea! I was just wondering though, which ebay seller you use to buy your vanilla beans? I cant tell which ones are legit in terms of food and safety regulations!


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