Simple Vanilla Sugar #holidayfood #homemadegifts

I've mentioned a few times on this blog that I love to use vanilla sugar when I bake. Basically, whenever I use vanilla beans I just save the pods and stick them in my sugar. The result is a beautifully-fragranced sugar, with a lovely hint of vanilla flavor. 

But for a gift, it's nice to make a sugar that's even more heavily infused with the vanilla. The Clever Carrot has a nice instructional on incorporating both the beans and the pod. I can practically smell the vanilla right now!

I went to a holiday cocktail party this weekend; I figured the hosts would probably get more bottles of wine and prosecco than they could ever imbibe. So I made a batch of vanilla sugar and put it in a cute jar. Happy holidays, host and hostess! Now, go bake me something!

If you'd like to try some of my recipes in which I use vanilla sugar, check out my Strawberry Shortcake with Mini Strawberry PopTarts:

or my Vanilla Bean Pizzelle Cookies:

and my Sparkling Sugared Cranberries:


  1. Emilie @ The Clever CarrotDecember 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    OK... so I might like your jars better than mine! Too cute. Your vanilla sugar looks awesome, I'd love to receive this as a hostess gift. Plus, it's the gift that keeps on giving if you top it off with extra sugar ;)

    Happy Holidays Justine, and thanks for including me in your round up! Much love! xo

  2. Thank you for the great inspiration, Emilie!


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