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pouring vodka into a jar with vanilla beans

Homemade Vanilla Extract

  • Author: Abby Bayatpour
  • Prep Time: 1 week
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 168 hours
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American


Homemade vanilla extract is so easy to make at home and is a budget-friendly gift idea during the holidays. Use it in cakes, cookies, brownies, and more!


  • Vanilla beans
  • Alcohol of choice (vodka, bourbon, and whiskey work well)
  • Sealable jar or glass


  1. Cut the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
  2. Add the vanilla beans and seeds into a jar.
  3. Top the vanilla beans with the alcohol of your choice.
  4. Let the vanilla extract sit for at least a month before using.


Vodka makes for the most neutral-flavored vanilla extract. You can use this homemade vanilla extract within a week or so, but the flavor is best after it’s had time to sit for a long time (a month or more).

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