Homemade Vanilla Extract


Making your own vanilla extract is easy and is a great way to make your baked goods even more homemade.  This past weekend we had our reveal party to find out the gender of the new little addition to our family.  I decided to go with an early afternoon sweets party to cut down on all the cooking that needed to be done.  My assistant ordered the cake and cupcakes and we had LOTS of pink and blue candy, but in keeping with the bird theme of the party, I turned to my tried and true roll out cookie recipe and basic royal icing recipe for sweet little birdie cookies.   A while back I made vanilla vodka as Christmas gifts and when we moved I found what was left of the vodka that had miraculously turned into extract.  Well, not so miraculously, because I basically left a small amount of vodka in the bottle with several vanilla beans packed in a box, but I couldn’t have planned it any better if I had intentionally made it or not.  So, now I have homemade vanilla extract to use for all my baked goods.


Anxiously ready to help was big brother Hunter.  I managed to get most of my cookies cut out before I turned him loose on what was left of the dough.  He affectionately (and not so creatively) named our cooking making team “The Cookiemakers”.


Not quite cookie protocol, but who am I to correct my team member.


YUM!!!!! Doesn’t this look delicious?!?!?!?!


While Hunter’s delectable cookie baked, I was busy icing mine with my basic royal icing recipe.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract


  • 3 vanilla beans
  • 1 cup vodka
  • Glass jar with tightly fitting lid


  1. Using kitchen scissors or a sharp small knife, cut lengthwise down each vanilla bean, splitting them in half, but leave the end and about a half inch on the ends.
  2. Place vanilla beans in a glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid. Cover completely with the vodka.
  3. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer. Every so often shake the jar to mix well.

082 Sweet little birdie cookies for our party!

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