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Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

Save up to 70% off the cost of store bought vanilla extract with this super simple homemade recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Storing Time 42 days
Total Time 42 days 5 minutes
Calories 1226kcal
Author Heather Dessinger
Cost $6.42 USD




  • Optional: Some extract makers choose to split the vanilla bean lengthwise to accelerate the infusion process, while others avoid this step because they feel it makes the extract a bit more cloudy. I've tried both methods and think they both deliver excellent results, so choose whichever approach you prefer.
  • To cut the vanilla bean, use a sharp knife to create a slit lengthwise.
  • Place vanilla beans and liquor in a container, seal tightly and give it a good shake.
  • Store in a dark cabinet for at least 6 weeks, shaking occasionally.*


  • *When the extract has reached the depth of flavor that you prefer you can remove the vanilla beans to be used in a recipe. However, it is also fine to simply leave them in. Store in either a dark container or in a dark cabinet.


Calories: 1226kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg