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Homemade Vanilla Extract

  • Author: Lauren Casolaro
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Spices & Herbs
  • Method: Extract
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Homemade vanilla extract might just be the easiest thing you could ever make! It only requires two ingredients: vodka and vanilla beans. More rich in flavor and cost effective than store-bought vanilla, it's all you're going to want to use in your baked goods.


Units Scale
  • 1 ounce vanilla beans (6-8 whole beans), sliced open
  • 1 cup vodka


  1. Using a sharp knife or scissor, slice the vanilla beans down the center lengthwise so the seeds inside are exposed. If necessary, cut the beans down to fit the height of your bottle or jar.
  2. Place 1 oz of the prepared vanilla beans (an average 6-8 beans depending on the size of your beans) into a sealable glass bottle then pour 1 cup of vodka into the glass bottle, over the vanilla beans. A funnel can be helpful here.
  3. Seal the glass bottle and give it a good shake. Store in a cool, dark place (a cabinet you don't open too often is ideal) and let sit for at least 2 months, shaking every so often. However, the longer you wait to use it, the better, so I really do recommend waiting 1 year+ to get optimal flavor!


Use the same amount of homemade vanilla extract as you would store-bought in recipes. 

As you use the vanilla extract in recipes, refill the bottle with vodka after each use or remove the vanilla beans. 

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full disclosure here.


  • Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
  • Calories: 11

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