Total Time
Prep 1440 hrs
Cook 0 mins

This is the recipe I use for homemade vanilla it's easy to make and somewhat cheaper than the store bought --- plan ahead this needs to steep at least 2 months or even longer for a more stronger taste even 6 months would be better --- use as you would any commercial vanilla, the more vanilla beans that you use and the longer you let it sit for, the stronger the vanilla will be.


  1. Cut the vanilla beans in half lengthwise.
  2. Divide among two narrow bottles that hold about 1 cup each.
  3. Vanilla beans may be cut crosswise, if necessary to fit.
  4. Add the vodka to cover (1 cup in each bottle).
  5. Let sit for at least 2 months before using (the longer the better even 6 months would be the best).
  6. ***NOTE*** You can use as many vanilla beans as you wish, they are quite expensive, so I use up to 6 and just let sit for a longer period of time for a more stronger vanilla taste, but you may certainly add in 20 if you wish, but the cost is expensive.
  7. Remember, the longer the sitting time, the stronger the vanilla!


Most Helpful

This is an awesome recipe, but next time I will definitely use vodka. I had some Black Velvet Whiskey that nobody was drinking so decided to use that. The whiskey is much too strong a flavor. Now finally after thee months, the vanilla flavor is getting stronger than the whiskey. Thanks Kittencal for another great recipe.

Connie Lea February 19, 2010

Wow this is so great, I used 12 beans in a 26 oz bottle and let it sit for 6 months, it's fabulous. I've already started a 2nd batch, I just don't want to run out as I keep giving it away. Thanks Again

Laureen in B.C. March 22, 2009

I am using this same recipe to make vanilla and give as a xmas gift in small 4 ounce bottles. I have been letting it sit for over 6 months. I'll give it stars once I taste the final product. It's a good affordable gift!

Demandy September 14, 2006

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