vanilla sugar recipe

What is vanilla sugar?

Vanilla sugar is a simple recipe of granulated sugar infused with vanilla beans. There is nothing quite as simple or versatile as homemade vanilla sugar. Vanilla sugar in baking can be utilized in a variety of desserts; from apple pies, snickerdoodles and crème brûlée to light and airy pavlova's. Vanilla sugar can even be used in savory recipes to give a slight sweetness to acidic foods such as barbecue sauce and vinaigrettes. Add to drinks such as coffee or tea - the possibilities are endless!

Vanilla sugar is a simple and heartfelt way to say thank you to guests at any dinner party, wedding reception or even as a gift for the aspiring pastry chef or new neighbor down the street. Making and bottling your creation could not be simpler. Beanilla carries all the tools you need; from unique glass containers to beautiful vanilla beans to create delicious vanilla sugar.

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Vanilla Sugar Recipe

There are two ways that you can make vanilla sugar:

Quick Vanilla Sugar:

The perfect way how to make vanilla sugar quickly for thank you, wedding reception or dinner party gifts!


  • 24 ounces granulated sugar
  • 4 Madagascar vanilla beans (split and scraped) - *Any variety of vanilla bean will work

Glassware (various options depending on bottle size):


Combine the sugar and vanilla bean scrapings in a medium bowl. Using your hands (using disposable gloves is preferred), slowly rub together the sugar and the vanilla bean scrapings until all the scrapings have been dispersed well throughout the sugar. Pour sugar/bean mixture into one of our decorative glass jars. Cork and set aside to give as gifts. The vanilla and sugar will age over time and become more fragrant and delicious.


Aged Vanilla Sugar:

Perfect for at-home - never throw out your beans!

Once you have used your vanilla bean for on the beautiful desserts or savory items you have created do not throw them away! Add them to your sugar container to enhance all of your baked goods with beautiful vanilla flavor.


  • 1 sugar container
  • Used vanilla beans, dried (if used in wet applications such as creams and crème brulees)


Place vanilla bean into your sugar container after using and cover with sugar. Continue this each time you use a bean. The vanilla flavor will intensify over time and with the addition of more used beans (it usually takes 2-3 weeks to infuse the first bean into the sugar). Add additional beans to maintain the flavor and refresh the sugar if needed.

Your homemade vanilla sugar should a very light golden brown in color. Feel free to experiment with the flavor by adding more beans (used or unused).