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Vanilla Sugar Recipe in 3 Easy Steps

  • Author: Emilie Raffa
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: One-Bowl
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Using only 2 ingredients, this vanilla sugar recipe is so simple and easy to make at home. All you need is 5 minutes! It’s perfect to spice up your everyday oatmeal, yet impressive enough to give as homemade gifts. For best flavor allow the sugar to infuse for up to 2 weeks or more.


2 c. granulated sugar

2 vanilla beans


1.) Both Grade A and Great B vanilla beans can be used with excellent results. The choice is up to you.

2.) I use a food processor to infuse the vanilla into the sugar- it’s the quickest way to infuse the flavor. Alternatively, it can be mixed by hand.


Add the sugar to the bowl of a food processor. Alternatively, you can mix by hand.

Using a sharp pairing knife, slice the vanilla beans in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds in a downward motion using the back of the knife. Add to the sugar. Reserve the empty pods.

Pulse the sugar and vanilla seeds until well incorporated. Pour into a large airtight container. Add back the reserved empty pods, submerging them into the sugar. 

For best flavor, allow the sugar to infuse for up to 2 weeks or more.


For gifts, portion the sugar into small latch top jars or bags. Slice the empty pods into thirds and add as many as you’d like to each gift. Label and date.

Keywords: vanilla sugar, homemade, vanilla, vanilla bean, white sugar, Christmas, gifts