Christmas in July – Homemade Vanilla Extract

With just under 5 months until Christmas, it might be time to start thinking about gifts for your friends and family. That’s what I was doing about a year ago. I am definitely a big planner and had decided early in 2009 to make as many Christmas gifts as I could. Some of these gifts required quite a bit of time and some were easy to throw together. This week I’ll be sharing the gifts that I gave our family and friends last year.

The first gift came about due to a sale on Amazon. There was a great deal on 1/2 lb of vanilla beans. I started with two bottles of vodka and the vanilla beans. Once the beans were split (but not scraped) and placed in the vodka, the bottles just had to sit in a cool dark place. Every couple of weeks Hubby would pull the vodka out of the closet and shake the crap out of it. A couple months later the vanilla extract was ready to go!

I ordered some bottles online and made some labels for the bottles to finish off the look. I also placed two vanilla beans into each bottle.

I love that the vanilla extract tastes so good, has the specks of fresh vanilla beans, and will essentially never run out. If the vanilla starts running low, you can just top it off with some more vodka. As you use vanilla beans, just throw the pods in the bottle to replenish the vanilla flavor.

One Year Ago: Goat Cheese Potato Salad and Salmon with Yellow Pepper and Cilantro Pesto
Two Years Ago: Champagne Cupcakes

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4 Responses to “12 Days of Cookies – Chocolate Chip Snowballs”

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    Stephanie — December 16, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Those look great! Perfect for the holidays.

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    Laura P. — December 16, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    omg you’re my hero! I’m making mexican wedding cakes and I’ve been trying to think of a sub for the nuts…choc chips are perfect! : )

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    Joelen — December 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Mmmm – these look great and I enjoy eating powdered cookies regardless of how messy they are! 🙂

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    Dani — January 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Just made this recipe for a functiona I’m going to today – it was really easy with all ingredients I already have on hand – will definitely make these again – thank you!

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