At the condiment bar of Starbucks and other similar barista coffee shops you'll usually find sweet vanilla powder in shaker bottles along with cinnamon, chocolate powder, and sweeteners. Vanilla powder adds sweet vanilla flavor to hot and cold beverages. (NOTE: Vanilla powder is also called vanilla sugar.)
Today I'm sharing how easy it is to make your own vanilla powder with just 2 ingredients: granulated sugar and good quality pure vanilla extract. It takes just a few minutes of hands-on time, but there is a 6-8 hour wait time. So, plan ahead.
There's another method for making vanilla sugar powder that takes 1-2 weeks and uses vanilla beans. It works well, if you have the time and money. (Vanilla beans are crazy expensive!) You can check out Alton Brown's recipe using this longer method.
My easier/faster/cheaper method gets great results. Honestly, I don't think you could tell the difference between the 2 methods in a blind taste test. So, easier/faster/cheaper gets my vote!
By the way, you can purchase vanilla sugar powder. But it's pricey. That's why I like to make my own. view on Amazon: vanilla sugar powder
Great for gifts. I've made some labels you can add to jars or bottles of homemade vanilla powder. The labels add a finishing touch and make them ready to have on hand for gifts for coffee and tea lovers. Look for my printable labels further down in the post.
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:
view on Amazon: Simply Organic vanilla extract (highly rated by Cook's Illustrated test kitchen)
Step 2. Add sugar to a bowl and pour in the vanilla. Stir until uniformly mixed into a coarse, thick consistency. (NOTE: Adding more vanilla isn't recommended. If you add too much liquid the sugar may begin to dissolve; you want it to maintain a course, granulated texture.
Step 3. Line a baking sheet (mine is 9x13) with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Dump mixture onto tray and spread into a thin even layer. Let it air dry for 6-8 hours until completely dry.
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Step 4. Stir mixture every 2 or 3 hours to promote faster drying. It's normal for the dried mixture to have clumps when stirred.
Step 5. When completely dry, transfer mixture to a blender or food processor and pulse until mixture is a fine powder. I use a mini food processor (one of my favorite and most-used kitchen gadgets). It only takes a few seconds of processing.
view on Amazon: mini food processor
Step 6. Transfer mixture to a small jar or shaker bottle.
To use this tasty powder, simply shake from a shaker bottle or stir in a spoonful to your coffee or tea. Adjust the amount to suit your taste.
A gift for coffee and tea lovers! Pour vanilla powder into a small jar or shaker bottle, label it, and you've got a homemade, useful gift to give. I think these make ideal host/hostess gifts. When you want to take a little something along to someone's house but you don't want to go too overboard, a little jar of homemade vanilla powder is just the thing.
Download printable jar labels/tags.
Click on the image below to download & print a full sheet of labels/tags. There are 2 sizes of labels on each sheet to accommodate different jar sizes.
Cut with scissors or a circle punch. You can cut the round tags out carefully with scissors, or use a circle punch to make the task easier and more precise. The circle punches come in several sizes to accommodate different jar and bottle lids.
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You can check out my other mason jar mixes in my recipe index. They all make great gifts and have printable tags.
I don't normally add sweeteners to my coffee or lattes, but a few shakes of this vanilla sugar adds just a hint of sweetness that I love. Yum.
Make it a Yummy day!