Whole vanilla beans are incredibly potent. They add big bold vanilla flavor to even the most decadent desserts. If you’re a vanilla enthusiast whole beans are the way to go. We’ve put together 10 tasty recipes that make use of whole vanilla beans. Once you’re done scraping out the vanilla goodness, don’t toss the beans! TIP: let it dry out and then place it in your sugar container to add a subtle vanilla flavor and aroma. Vanilla flavored sugars are expensive and now you can make them yourself with no extra trouble ; ) Grab your beans and follow the jump for all the vanilla-licious recipes!
Vanilla Bean Waffles 1 of 10This recipe uses vanilla beans in the waffle and the syrup. Simply add the pod to the syrup while heating to get that extra vanilla flavor!
Make vanilla bean waffles
Vanilla Bean Parfaits 2 of 10These parfaits use Starbucks vanilla bean ice cream as their base. 10 minutes is all you need to pull this delicious dessert together.
Make vanilla bean parfaits
French Toast with Vanilla Bean 3 of 10Real vanilla beans pair beautifully with lemon zest in this french toast mixture. The French toast is airy and silky with a pudding like consistency. Pudding for breakfast? Yes, please.
Make french toast with vanilla bean
Tahitian Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup 4 of 10Drizzle this syrup over ice cream or cheesecake for a great dessert! Or stir into pitchers to flavor punches!
Make Tahitian vanilla bean simple syrup
Vanilla Bean Frosting 5 of 10Once you've tried real vanilla bean frosting you might not ever go back to regular frosting. Try Kathy's vegan version for yourself.
Make vanilla bean frosting
Vanilla Bean Strawberry Jam 6 of 10This is a simple jam recipe that won't take all afternoon to prepare and it's made in small batches. Win, win.
Make vanilla bean strawberry jam
Vanilla Bean Iced Scones 7 of 10Addicted to Starbucks scones? Well this petite mini vanilla bean iced scone is a copycat recipe that will keep your tummy happy and your car in the driveway.
Make vanilla bean iced scones
Vanilla Glazed Pumpkin Pie Tarts 8 of 10Pumpkin Pie Pockets with homemade cinnamon pie crust and vanilla bean glaze are perfect all year long. Shape them into hearts, clovers, etc. to customize them for special events!
Make vanilla glazed pumpkin pie tarts
Vanilla Pudding 9 of 10A simple creamy dreamy vanilla pudding recipe that the entire family is sure to love.
Make vanilla pudding
Homemade Vanilla Extract 10 of 10A few ingredients and a little time are all you need to make vanilla extract at home. Once you've made your own you might not ever want to buy it again!
Make homemade vanilla extract
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