How to Use Vanilla Powder for Baking

By Christine Argier

Many recipes call for the use of vanilla extract which is easily found in every grocery store. A lesser known alternative to vanilla extract is vanilla powder, which is made by grinding dried vanilla beans. Vanilla powder is more potent than its extract cousin and does not contain any alcohol allowing it to be added to warm liquids, such as coffee and tea without evaporating. Although vanilla powder is not as widely available as vanilla extract, many specialty stores and online shops do carry the ingredient.

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Vanilla powder is made by grinding dried vanilla beans.

Step 1

Purchase vanilla powder from a specialty grocery store or online. Vanilla powder is comprised of ground vanilla beans, while sweetened vanilla powder is ground sugar mixed with vanilla extract. Choose the type your recipe according to your recipe. If you are substituting vanilla powder for vanilla extract, purchase pure vanilla powder rather than the sweetened variety.

Step 2

Follow your recipe and add the requested amount of vanilla powder. If you are substituting vanilla powder for vanilla extract, use half of the called for amount. For example, a recipe that calls for 1 tsp. of vanilla extract would need only ½ tsp. of vanilla powder.

Step 3

Store the unused vanilla powder in an airtight container away from extreme temperatures or moisture. Unlike vanilla extract, when stored properly vanilla powder never spoils.