Homemade Vanilla Extract

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. + standing


2 cups

Updated: Dec. 08, 2023
Homemade vanilla is fun to give in decorative bottles with attractive labels. Share it with special friends who like to cook or bake. —Becky Jo Smith, Kettle Falls, Washington
Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
  • 2 cups vodka


  1. Place vanilla beans in a tall jar; cover with vodka. Seal jar tightly. Let stand in a cool dark place at least 6 weeks, gently shaking jar once a week.

Nutrition Facts

1 teaspoon: 11 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.