vanilla

Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla Beans in Sugar

Vanilla Beans in Sugar

Some specialty stores sell vanilla sugar and it is expensive. I find it easy to just make my own. Vanilla sugar can be used in baking or to top desserts and in tea and other drinks. I loved to sprinkle vanilla sugar on sugar cookies and on muffins, too.

I buy vanilla beans by the pound online and use them in cooking and to make my own vanilla extract.

To make vanilla sugar just cut vanilla beans in half lengthwise and then into 1 inch pieces. Place granulated sugar in a jar and add the vanilla beans. Cover jar and shake once in awhile. The sugar is fragrant in about a week but will get stronger the longer it sits. I use one vanilla bean per cup of sugar and will add more sugar to the jar as I use it at least a few times.

Here is the info on making vanilla extract.

http://thecharmedkitchen.com/2013/11/24/vanilla-extract/