How to Make Vanilla Extract

Click here to print this Recipe

Make sure you like Homemade Food of the World on Facebook to be updated every time we find a fantastic and tasty recipe from any part of the world.

Vanilla extract

Vanilla extract takes only time – and almost no effort – to make at home. You can experiment with different types of vanilla


A mason jar, or some other clean, super sealing container.
A high-proof alcohol like vodka, bourbon or rum. We’re talking 80 proof.
Three vanilla beans per cup of alcohol
A dark spot to store the jars.
Two months. That’s how long it takes to create vanilla extract!


Use a sharp paring knife to cut lengthwise down the center of the vanilla beans, leaving about an inch at the top of the vanilla bean uncut.
Put the vanilla beans in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. I used mason jars.
Cover the beans completely with alcohol. It’s three vanilla beans per cup of alcohol, so if you use 2 cups of vodka split open six vanilla beans and throw them in the jar.
Tightly cover the jar and give it a good shake. Store in a cool dry place for two months. Give the bottle a good shake every week or so, just so you don’t forget all about it.
After two months have passed, your vanilla extract should be ready for your favorite chocolate chip cookie or pound cake recipe. You might also want to put the extract in cute, tiny bottles and give them to your favorite baker friends

Click here to print this Recipe
About Shelly

I'm a full time mom and a part-time blogger. I write about what i like and what i do everyday, cooking. hope you enjoy all my recipes!


  1. Very good.Thanks

  2. sue says:

    Where can I get vanilla beans?????

  3. Mac says:

    Another good–and inexpensive–source of vanilla beans, if you’re lucky enough to have one near you, is an Amish grocery. I was able to get them for around 65 cents each at ours. Great deal, if you’re making large quantities of vanilla extract.

  4. Ruth says:

    I’ve done this several times with just 3 beans per 750 ml bottle of vodka. I think 3 per cup is overkill and overly expensive. Also I have let mine set 3 months…but if you think its dark enough in 2 months, use it.


  1. […] brown sugar 1 tbsp. baking soda 1 tbsp. baking powder 1 tbsp. salt 1 cup buttermilk 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 cup hot, dark roast coffee 4 tbsp. applesauce (which is used in this recipe instead of […]

  2. […] sugar 6 ounces plain, vanilla, or chocolate yogurt 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup brewed coffee, room temperature or warm 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder 1 cup […]

  3. […] softened (can use 1/3 less fat) 3-4 tbsp powdered sugar (4 tbsp for a sweeter filling) 1 tsp vanilla extract graham cracker […]

  4. […] 1 (8-ounce) pkg cream cheese, softened 3-4 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped and melted (microwave or bain marie) 1 tsp espresso or coffee granules 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla […]

Speak Your Mind