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Vanilla Scented Sugar

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  • Total 72 hr 0 min
  • Servings 3
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A quick way to give your holiday recipes an extra touch - substitute vanilla sugar for plain granulated sugar.
by: Good Life Eats
Updated May 14, 2015
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  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 whole vanilla beans


  • 1
    Add 1 cup of sugar to an airtight, seal-able container.
  • 2
    Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of the vanilla beans. Place one on top of the sugar in the container, then add another cup of sugar and top with another vanilla bean. Repeat with remaining sugar and vanilla bean.
  • 3
    Let sit for 72 hours. Then, use the sugar in a holiday baking recipe - removing the vanilla beans and saving for another use.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Add a few 2 inch pieces of orange peel to make vanilla orange sugar.

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  • Vanilla Scented Sugar is a simple way to jazz up some of your favorite holiday recipes, and it is so simple to make.

    I like to use one vanilla bean per cup of sugar. You can control the strength of the vanilla by changing up the type of vanilla bean you use, since some are milder than others, or by the number of vanilla beans you use per cup of sugar.

    Instead of mixing in the actual vanilla beans with the sugar, I just store the beans and sugar together in an airtight container for a couple of days. All you’re really doing is letting vanilla beans infuse the sugar with their scent. This way, you can save the bean pods for other uses.

    Scrape the beans out of the pods and add to a recipe. Then, save the pods and use them to infuse hot liquids with their flavor. For example, simmer the empty pods in a pot of milk or cream to add extra vanilla flavor to homemade hot chocolate.

    Vanilla sugar can make a fun gift when paired with a homemade hot chocolate recipe and/or a homemade hot chocolate mix. A cute container, a ribbon, and a label or nicely decorated recipe card is perfect for a simple holiday gift.

    Katie Goodman believes that part of the goodness in life is sharing good food with friends and family. She's a work-at-home mom determined to make family meal time a priority while providing a variety of healthy and delicious food choices. She blogs at goodLife {eats}, where she shares what she finds good in the kitchen and in life.
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