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vanilla extract being poured from a bottle into a small white bowl.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Course: Condiment, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade vanilla extract, vanilla extract recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 24kcal
This homemade Vanilla Extract is your secret weapon to fabulous baked goods! Use this simple 2 ingredient recipe to make your own vanilla extract right at home. Use in your favorite baking recipes like cookies, cake, brownies, cupcakes, frosting and more!
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  • 2 to 3 vanilla beans cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 cup vodka or bourbon


  • Add the split vanilla beans to a small bottle or jar with an airtight seal.
  • Use a funnel to add in the vodka (or bourbon). Seal the container tightly. If your container cannot hold a cup of vodka, divide it between containers or just use 2 vanilla beans.
  • Place the vanilla extract in a cool, dark cabinet. Shake the bottles once a month to obtain richer vanilla flavor faster.
  • Vanilla extract will be ready after two months but will obtain best flavor in 4 to 6 months. Makes a great holiday gift!


Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg