Homemade Vanilla Extract

The beans in this recipe can be dried and placed in your sugar jar to make vanilla sugar.

Makes: 1 pintHands-on: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 1 pint


  • 4 split vanilla beans, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 pint cognac or vodka


  • Place vanilla beans and cognac or vodka in a sterilized pint jar. Cap and seal. Let stand in a cool dark place 1 month. Shake bottle gently from time to time.
  • Pour liquid through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a sterilized pint jar. Seal tightly; store in a cool dark place.