Vanilla Recipes

Whether your pantry is stocked with extract, beans or paste, these recipes with vanilla let this classic flavor shine. Use it in baked goods and savory foods, too.

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      Tofu Chicken Nuggets

      These tofu chicken nuggets can be made ahead to use throughout the week. To mimic the taste (and texture!) of chicken, we also use a plant-based product called seitan. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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      Best Ever Vanilla Ice Cream

      1 review

      This ice cream is technically a custard since it contains eggs. After lots of testing (and tasting), I've found that...


      Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

      Indulge in this layer cake topped with rich buttercream—a vanilla lover's dream. I use pure vanilla extract for the best...


      Giant Cinnamon Rolls

      As a young newlywed, I thought I'd take it upon myself to make cinnamon rolls because I thought that was...


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      35 Recipes That Use Vanilla Extract

      Who doesn't love vanilla? Put that bottle of vanilla extract to work with these homey vanilla recipes.

      Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

      1 review

      We love using this simple vegan vanilla cupcake recipe as a base to layer on extra flavor. Stir in grated...


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      Best Vanilla Cake

      8 reviews

      There's a reason this vanilla cake recipe is the best. Adding creamy vanilla bean paste into the moist, rich cake...

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      Best Vanilla Buttercream

      3 reviews

      Why is this recipe crowned the best vanilla buttercream frosting? With its powerfully decadent vanilla bean flavor and delightfully creamy...


      Bean, Paste or Extract: Are You Using the Right Kind of Vanilla for Your Recipe?

      When the choices include whole beans, vanilla bean paste or many types of vanilla extract, how do you know what's...


      Vanilla Pear Berry Jam

      This is the first jam that I came up with on my own—and I love the flavor combo!—Rachel Creech, Marion,...


      Gam’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

      My grandmother's homemade ice cream is good on its own, but it's also fantastic as a base for fun flavors...

      Mexican Chocolate Oat Cookies

      Colleen Delawder of Herndon, Virginia takes oatmeal cookies to a new level with Mexican chocolate. We added spicy chocolate cinnamon...


      Confetti Cupcake Cones

      All three of my kids love these cones. They are requested at almost every birthday party or celebration. —Jami Geittmann,...


      Dutch Honey Syrup

      5 reviews

      "I grew up on a farm where a big breakfast was an everyday occurrence," relates Kathy Scott of Hemingford, Nebraska....


      Chocolate Chip Challah

      1 review

      I'm fond of baking and since Challah is not available where I live, I've created my own version to serve...


      Vanilla Cheesecake

      1 review

      To me, there is nothing better than a simple, elegant cheesecake where the vanilla takes center stage. And when I'm...

      Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake

      3 reviews

      Angel food cake is everyone’s favorite blank slate for making awesome desserts. Serve it with a simple glaze or pile...


      Chocolate-Caramel Chiffon Cake

      I learned how to make this fluffy, luscious cake while attending pastry school. My family just can’t get enough of...


      Double-Duty Applesauce Mini Muffins

      3 reviews

      Children reach with both hands for these buttery tender mini muffins. Cinnamon-spiced and made with applesauce, they’re easy to bake...


      Petite Pineapple Coconut Cakes

      Defy wintry weather and transport your guests to the tropics with these beautiful, single-serving confections. Cake mix never tasted so...


      Holiday Sugar Cookies

      2 reviews

      I add a hint of lemon to these delightful sugar cookies. For make-ahead convenience, freeze the dough up to three...


      Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache

      2 reviews

      This recipe is the most recent cheesecake I gave to my mother for her birthday, and we all just loved...


      Low-Fat Vanilla Ice Cream

      2 reviews

      Field editor Rebecca Baird of Salt Lake City, Utah shares her recipe for yummy "light" ice cream. It's smooth and...


      Vanilla Caramel Corn

      3 reviews

      This recipe gives a sweet and tasty twist to microwave popcorn. When I first tried it at a party, I...

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      Tailgate Apple Pies

      3 reviews

      Made as single servings, these handheld pies are ideal for football games or other parties. They always disappear quickly. You...


      Homemade Vanilla Extract

      5 reviews

      Homemade vanilla is fun to give in decorative bottles with attractive labels. Share it with special friends who like to...


      Creepy Candied Corn

      I couldn't stop eating this popcorn when I first tried it at a friend's party. My generous pal offered the...


      Vanilla-Almond Coffee

      This recipe is perfect for any coffee lover. Instead of buying flavored coffees, I make my own using flavored extracts...


      Vanilla Popcorn

      10 reviews

      "This sweet crunchy snack is my family's favorite," writes Carolyn Roney of Scipio Center, New York. "For variety, substitute almond...


      Vanilla Butter Rollouts

      13 reviews

      Even cooks who normally shy away from cut out cookies can make these with confidence. The dough is so easy...