Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla sugar can be used to sweeten custards, puddings, ice creams, and cakes as well as coffee. Usually it is made with an empty vanilla-bean pod, its seeds having been scraped out for another use. The pod is then put into a jar of sugar, which gradually absorbs the vanilla essence. In this recipe, the strongly flavored seeds themselves are used for quicker results.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 min
  • Prep: 2 min
  • Yield: 2 cups
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1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

2 cups sugar


  1. Scrape seeds of vanilla bean into a bowl and stir in sugar until combined well.
  2. Note: Vanilla sugar keeps in an airtight container at room temperature 1 month.

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