Today I am going to share another one of my favorite pantry essentials with you: vanilla sugar. This vanilla sugar recipe will make your taste buds so happy that you will thank me over and over and over. Yes, you will!
Vanilla sugar is simply sugar infused with the scent/taste of vanilla. It is super easy to make too. I’ll get to that in a minute. First, let me tell you a few of the ways you can use vanilla sugar.
I use it in my coffee (bye bye high calorie creamers), on berries, on Cheerios, on cinnamon toast, on pastries, and people love, love, love when you give it to them as gifts.
To make vanilla sugar you will need one jar, 1 vanilla bean, and one cup of sugar or sucanat. The recipe easily doubles too which is what I did. I have lots of little (okay, BIG) boys who like vanilla sugar in their coffee milk.
SIDEnote: Coffee milk is known as “Café au Lait” to my French counterparts. We just call it coffee milk here in southern LA. You’d be hard pressed to find one person here of Cajun descent (or who even knows someone of Cajun descent) who doesn’t know what coffee milk is. It is a staple growing up. Have you ever heard of it?
- Split the vanilla bean down the center then vertically then cut the bean in half to fit in the jar. Add to the jar.
- Pour the sugar over the beans.
- Shake well.
- Allow the vanilla to permeate the sugar for at least two days before succumbing to the temptation to try it.
You will likely have to shake the sugar each day before use just to break it up since it tends to clump together. That is normal. Just shake it up and enjoy!