Vanilla Sugar _lowres

Photo by Cynthia L. Nobles -- Vanilla Sugar gives a boost of vanilla flavor to baked goods, teas and cocktails.

Vanilla Sugar

Makes 1 cup. Recipe is by Cynthia L. Nobles, who says, “For this recipe you can also use the leftover vanilla beans you used to make extract. This sugar gives a boost of vanilla flavor in baking, teas and cocktails.”

1 dried vanilla bean (If using leftover beans used to make vanilla extract, just lay them on paper towels to dry a few days first).

1 cup sugar

1. Slit vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out seeds.

2. In a 1-quart, resealable plastic food bag, bury seeds and bean pod in sugar and seal bag. Allow to sit 1 week, shaking occasionally.