How to Substitute Almond Extract for Vanilla

By Athena Hessong

Running out of vanilla extract for a recipe should not require you to run to the store for more. Substitute almond extract for the vanilla for a lightly nutty hint. Since almond extract has a significantly stronger flavor, you need to reduce the amount to keep it from overpowering your dish. Almond extract can be found on the baking aisle near the vanilla extract. This replacement works best in recipes that are enhanced by the vanilla, such as cookies or cakes, rather than relying on the vanilla flavor, such as vanilla ice cream or frosting.

Almonds give almond extract its strong, nutty flavor.

Step 1

Prepare your recipe as directed.

Step 2

Halve the amount of vanilla extract required in your recipe.

Step 3

Measure out that amount of almond extract. For example, if your recipe requires 1 tsp. of vanilla extract, only use 1/2 tsp. of almond extract.

Step 4

Add the almond extract when the recipe states to add the vanilla extract.

Step 5

Taste the completed recipe and make a note of whether you prefer to use more or less almond extract the next time you prepare the recipe.