Homemade Vanilla Sugar – a last minute gift idea

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The countdown to Christmas is on folks! And many people are scrambling for a last minute gift idea. Here is an easy recipe for Homemade Vanilla Sugar that is sure to please everyone on your list!

Homemade Vanilla Sugar

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Sugar

Gather your supplies: a mason jar, granulated sugar, and a vanilla bean.

Start by splitting the vanilla bean with a sharp knife.

Homemade Vanilla Sugar

To the mason jar, add one cup of sugar and the split vanilla bean. Top with another cup of sugar. Close the jar tightly, let set for a week before using. Instruct the recipient to shake the jar every so often, and let them know that they can add additional sugar to the container to replenish what they’ve used.

This homemade vanilla sugar can be used everywhere that you’d use traditional granulated sugar. I like it in coffee, in baking recipes, and on grapefruit {that’s my favorite way to enjoy it}. Homemade vanilla sugar makes a great hostess gift all year long! Don’t wait until Christmas to make it.

Homemade Vanilla Sugar

What last minute gift ideas are you making?

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Emily is a rugby wife and modern mom to one active Kindergarten son. A former restaurant industry professional, she transferred the brand marketing and relationship building skills she learned working for a Fortune500 Company into building a successful social media business. Launched in 2010, her blog focuses on parenting tips, recipes and easy crafts. When not online, you can find her running, taking photographs, or sipping a Margarita while enjoying the beauty that Cape Cod has to offer.


  1. I love vanilla sugar!
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  2. What a great gift idea! And so easy to make.

    Happy Holidays!

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  3. Mmm, this sounds like it would be great in coffee! What an easy but thoughtful gift. 🙂
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  4. This looks like a super easy present and would be pretty with a gorgeous ribbon bow on the jar!
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  5. I love the taste/smell of vanilla! Thanks for the great idea!
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    • I hope you try it. I’ve been using mine on ruby red grapefruits. It’s so good. Tomorrow, we’re going to make cookies and I’m thinking of using it in that recipe. (But that might deplete my supply!)

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