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Vanilla Bean Sugar

One of my favourite indulgences is Vanilla Bean Sugar.
I discovered this little treasure last Christmas, and I have been using it in my kitchen ever since!
This simple duo is great in coffee, on cereal, or sprinkled on muffins and loaves.
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I made a new batch this morning, and because it’s
so easy and so yummy, I just had to share it with you!
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Vanilla Bean Sugar {A Pretty Life}
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It would make a great gift too!
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Vanilla Bean Sugar {A Pretty Life}

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Vanilla Bean Sugar


  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  1. Slide your knife down the length of the vanilla bean, making sure not to cut through the bean. All you want to do is open it up length wise.
  2. Then cut the bean lengthwise in to about 3 or 4 pieces.
  3. For my sugar, I don’t scrape out the middle, I just open the bean up and put it directly into the sugar. (I like the flecks of vanilla)
  4. Cover up the vanilla bean pieces, let sit for a day or so, and stir occasionally.

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  • If you are using the centres of the vanilla beans in other recipes, like Vanilla Bean Whipped Shortbread, you can just use the empty bean shell to flavour your sugar.
  • This sugar is fabulous in coffee, on cereal or toast and sprinkled on muffins and loaves.
  • It makes a great gift too!
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Have yourself a cozy fall day!


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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    September 6, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    LOVE this Jo-Anna! Such a great diy and a perfect gift for the holidays 🙂

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    September 6, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Such a simple idea for something delicious. I need to get me some vanilla beans!

    I’ve started a linky party (Crazy Sweet Tuesday) and would love for you to join sometime! Hope to see you. 🙂

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    Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen
    September 7, 2011 at 4:06 AM

    Wow, in those jars and as a gift, creative… I hate that egg smell in homebaked goods, this type of sugars, incl Cinnamon sugar, will really be awesome for those recipes requiring heavy numbers of eggs…

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    September 7, 2011 at 4:52 AM

    Love this idea. Vanilla sugar smells like HEAVEN!

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    alissa {33shadesofgreen}
    September 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Sounds delicious – I would love some in my coffee that I am drinking right now!

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    Pretend Chef
    September 7, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Love this for a gift idea. I can’t wait to make this for my guy’s mom and surprise her. I bet this smells fabulous. I have a cup of plain ol’ black coffee and I’d love to try this now.

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      November 11, 2015 at 9:25 AM

      Try Costco, 10 large vanilla beans for $17.99 Can.

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    A Rosy Note
    September 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Mmmm…sounds yummy 🙂

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    September 8, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    What a wonderful idea – it would make such a lovely hostess gift (if I don’t eat it first!) 🙂

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    Candace @ Candace Creations
    September 9, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    This is such a cute gift! I saw vanilla sugar like this on barefoot contessa a year ago and thought it was so smart!

    come link this up to scrappy saturdays @

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    Mary Ellen
    September 11, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    If I could just find those vanilla bean at a super good price!!

    Great idea!

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    Deborah March
    September 13, 2011 at 1:27 AM

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    Deborah March
    September 13, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    YUM!! Will definitely make this for my daughter…a vanilla lover for sure! Thanks so much!

    Deborah ♥♥♥ (visiting happily from
    …hope you can stop by some time…)

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    Chef in Training
    September 14, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Love this! what a way cute gift idea! I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

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    September 14, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Think i’m going to have to give this one a try very soon

    i would love it if you would share this on my link party , Serenity Saturday over at


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    September 14, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    I came across your blog on This Chick Cooks and I love your post!

    I would love it if you would drop by Jane Deere and link up to Fusion Fridays with your favorite or most recent recipes, handmade crafts, diy projects, tips & tricks, and how to’s! { open through Wednesday! }

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    Kerryanne English
    November 27, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Quick and easy and I love the way you have apckaged it too.

    I’d love it if you could share this over on my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at

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    December 5, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    This looks so yummy and is so pretty too!! I love the idea!!

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