Making your own vanilla extract couldn’t be simpler: Fill up a jar with booze, and soak some vanilla beans in it for about a month. It’s economical, saving you about 25 percent over high-quality commercial extract, and you know it has no artificial flavors or added sugars. Start some now and you’ll have easy holiday gifts and a nice stash for baking through the winter. Try it in some of our favorite vanilla-centric recipes.

Vanilla ExtractVanilla Extract

Basic Whipped CreamBasic Whipped Cream

Orange FrothyOrange Frothy

Easy Vanilla PuddingEasy Vanilla Pudding

Orange-Vanilla Ricotta CheesecakeOrange-Vanilla Ricotta Cheesecake

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