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homemade vanilla extract in a glass bottle with a vanilla bean to the left and a cream towel in the background

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract is an easy and delicious way to add flavor to baked goods.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade vanilla extract, vanilla extract recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
180 days
Servings 146 teaspoons
Calories 12kcal
Author Amy


  • 12-18 vanilla beans
  • 3 cups vodka


  • Split vanilla beans in half.
  • Place vanilla beans in clean bottle.
  • Pour vodka over the beans.
  • Place lid on bottles.
  • Store in a cool, dark place.
  • Shake once a week for 2-3 months.
  • After 2-3 months, it should be a nice dark color, rich in vanilla flavor and ready to use. Wait until six months for a fuller, richer flavor.


  • You want to split the vanilla bean in half or chop it up to help the alcohol infuse more and give it a richer, deeper flavor.
  • Grade B vanilla beans will work perfectly. You don't need to get the more expensive, plump, grade A beans.
  • When you run out of extract, you can fill it at least one more time before the full flavor of the beans runs out.


Serving: 1tsp | Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg