Making your own vanilla sugar could not be easier.
You can substitute vanilla sugar for granulated sugar in any recipe. It is also wonderful added to coffee or sprinkled on baked goods.
We’ve always got LOTS of people we want to show our appreciation to around the holidays, and homemade gifts are a great way to do it. Especially if they’re quick and easy to make, taste amazing, and can be enjoyed in lots of different ways!
Vanilla sugar is a perfect example.
Making Vanilla Sugar
Only 2 Ingredients:
- 2 cups granulated cane sugar (I have used Wholesome brand Sucanat “sugarcane natural” and organic NOW brand, both NOT stripped of trace minerals or bleached)
- 1-2 Vanilla Beans, cut lengthwise and in half to expose the little seeds inside
- optional: add a few drops of peppermint oil or cinnamon oil
You will also need jars with lids and pretty baker’s twine.
I used a little over 4# of sugar (2 pkgs.) for 6 pint jars. Meijer also carries an organic natural cane sugar.
Place the vanilla pod into a lidded container with sugar (leaving at least an inch of head space) so that the pod is completely covered. Cover tightly.
Shake it well.
It’s Ready In 1-2 Weeks
**You have to wait 1-2 weeks before vanilla sugar is ready, but after one week it is quite fragrant enough.
The vanilla bean sugar will take on an even more pronounced vanilla flavor with time.
Perpetual Vanilla Sugar
The best part is you can just add additional sugar to the jar as it is used and your original vanilla bean pieces will impart their sweet floral goodness to cups and cups of sugar.
I call it ‘perpetual’ just like my Perpetual Vanilla Extract!
You can also do this to make vanilla coffee beans and vanilla honey! They make gifts the people in your life will certainly remember!
Put on some beautiful Christmas music and have fun decorating your containers with your children.
With a bright, whimsical baker’s twine bow and a hand written label, these make perfect hostess gifts, party favors or are a terrific addition to any gift basket.
Enjoy seeing your friend’s faces light up when they receive this sweet little gift 🙂
Also, for directions to making a Vanilla Extract!