There are two things you should never skimp on when baking: real butter and vanilla extract. Making your own vanilla extract is as easy as 1-2-3—just follow Cissy‘s simple how-to!

You will need:

  • 3 whole vanilla beans per every 8 oz of vodka (about 10 beans for a fifth of vodka)
  • A bottle of vodka
  • Glass bottles or jars.


1. Flatten the vanilla beans with the back of your knife. Split the beans vertically down the center. Cut the beans into pieces if a whole bean will not fit in your container.

2. If you are using the entire bottle, remember to pour a little out before you drop the beans in. Otherwise, place the beans into your jar or bottle and fill with vodka until the beans are covered.

3. Store in a cool, dark place for a month, or until the vodka turns dark amber in color.

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