Never-ending Vanilla Sugar: Foodie Gift #17

A jar of vanilla sugar is one of the most underrated and sublime items to keep in your pantry.  A sprinkle on top of cookies or muffins, or in coffee or tea takes something that’s already good and transforms it into something amazing.  If you’re wondering how to procure this ambrosia I have a couple pieces of advice for you.  For starters, do not pay crazy amounts of money to buy vanilla sugar from some very reputable food places.  The prices are ridiculous.  $26 and change for 3 pounds of sugar?  I don’t think so.  And making something so divine?

Well, shoot.  It’s so easy it doesn’t even count as a recipe, but I’m putting it up here anyway because it’s the gift that keeps on giving.  If you give someone vanilla sugar they need never be without it again.  You just keep adding sugar to the jar and giving it a shake and the vanilla flavor just keeps on kicking.  Are you ready?  Here’s how you do it.


Never-Ending Vanilla Sugar:  Foodie Gift #17.

Pretty this up by tying a wooden spoon and a recipe card containing a sugar cookie recipe with raffia or satin ribbon to the jar.  It’ll look as good as it tastes. 



  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 4 cups granulated sugar

Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and pry open a bit.  Place beans in a quart jar that has a tight fitting lid.  Pour sugar over the beans.  Screw the lid down tight and shake.  You’re done.  REALLY!  It’s that simple.


  1. Rebecca and/or Val says

    Nate- I use vanilla sugar in place of regular sugar in any sweet baking applications; cookies, cakes, muffins, custards, etc… and I also might have, once or twice, sprinkled it on the kids’ toast or in my Almond Toffee Black Tea. But let’s just keep the fact that I sprinkle my kids’ toast with sugar between the two of us, eh?

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