Homemade Vanilla Extract (whipped cream flavored!)

Homemade Vanilla Extract just got better, because now it’s whipped cream flavored!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Oh yes.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Did you know you can make vanilla extract at home?  And did you know it takes only two ingredients:  vanilla beans + vodka!

After reading this post I was definitely going to make my own, but then I thought, why use regular vodka when you can use flavored?  Ah yes, college opened my eyes to some amazing things…

Homemade Vanilla Extract

1 cup + 2 tbs

Homemade Vanilla Extract (whipped cream flavored!)


9 Vanilla Beans 1 cup + 2 tbs Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka (regular vodka works too!)


  1. Cut the vanilla beans so they can fit inside the bottle you are using. Slice the beans lengthwise, just enough so that you pierce through one side (you want to expose the tiny vanilla seeds but keep them attached to the bean).
  2. Place the vanilla beans inside the bottle (I put the cut off ends inside the bottle as well, seen in the picture below) and completely cover with the vodka.
  3. Place the lid onto the bottle and shake up and down about 10x to mix everything up (since I used an oil bottle, I wrapped some plastic wrap over the spout and taped it down so the contents wouldn't spray out when I shook it).
  4. Place bottle inside a dark and cool cupboard/pantry and shake once a day for 4 weeks (I put a daily reminder on my calendar so I wouldn't forget). For the next 5 weeks you can shake it less often, like 2-3x a week.
Vanilla will be ready to use in 9 weeks, shake before using.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

^^ Day #1 – I used an empty oil bottle because I like the way it pours, it doesn’t leak down the sides like those storebought bottles!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

If you start making a batch of this soon, it will be in perfect condition to give away during the winter holidays!  This is quite honestly the ideal gift for the baker or dessert addict you know.  It’s so good you will get hugs and thank yous and dancing and clapping.  It smells good too, so while the kids smell their scented markers us adults are sniffing our flavored vodka  😉

Homemade Vanilla Extract

If I feel up for making more homemade flavored extracts, I’m definitely trying out an array of flavored vodkas (chocolate whipped cream, cake, marshmallow, coconut…  foodgasm)


41 comments on “Homemade Vanilla Extract (whipped cream flavored!)

  1. OMG NUH UH!!!

    OK, so I’ve been making vanilla extract for awhile.

    And Pinnacle Whipped is the only alcohol I will ever say I love.

    And I cannot believe I did not think about combining the two! THIS IS GENIUS! OMG OMG OMG!

  2. OH whoa. This is amazing. It definitely beats using regular vodka!

  3. WHOA WHOA and another WHOA. You may have just changed my life!

  4. This is genius. Wanted to make something for Christmas gifts and this is perfect.

  5. I love this idea! I’ve been searching for the best homemade vanilla recipe and I think this one takes the cake…or soon to be cake. Yum! I buy flavored vodkas like this one for drinks like “Smores Cocktail” and then have all this leftover super sweet vodka. This recipe will get rid of that problem. But I wonder how many calories end up in the finished product? Does it give it a whipped flavor too? I wonder if we did this with the Marshmallow flavor, if it would be a marshmallow-vanilla extract? Or would we need marshmallow root too…hmmm! Well thank you!

  6. I love homemade, do all vanilla extracts have alcohol in them!

  7. Flavored Vodka? Really? I didn’t even know they made that… perhaps it was better that way… 😉

    Not sure I like the idea of using it for my vanilla extract as I find it would make it very “fake” and “unnatural” tasting, but you just gave me an idea: I have this Cuban cherry liquor at home… now that could be totally fan.tas.tic! Have to give it a try!

    By the way, thanks for sharing the love, Jessica. I truly appreciate that! And glad you enjoyed making your own vanilla. Bet you’ll never go back to store bought! 🙂

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  9. I just finished making my homemade vanilla extract just in time for a big to do list if baking 🙂 I also used this as a gift and my friend loved it! Thanks Jess 😉

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  11. Hi Jessica, You are aware that the sweet tasting vodkaa like this Whipped does actually have sugar in it, yes? This one has 6.8 sugars per 1.5 ounces.

  12. Ok, thanks for confirming. I was on a low carb website and the folks were giddily mixing the sweet vodkas with diet sodas “wondering how many carbs” were in them. Oops! 🙂 Your website is great btw!! 🙂

  13. Love this idea. Most Vodka is made from grains (potato, corn and quinoa vodka is harder to find). If you use pinnacle, whipped cream vodka is it gluten free?

    • Slee-
      Wow, quinoa vodka?! Oh, the alcohol these days, it’s amazing 😉
      And yes, Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka is gluten-free. The majority of their products are GF actually!
      Hope you like the flavor-infused Vanilla Extract 🙂

  14. What do you do with the vanilla beans after the 9 weeks? Do you need to strain them out?

  15. Jessica…….did you cut the vanilla beans in half? Will the seeds escape if you do?

    • Martha-
      I sliced through the beans lengthwise, but leaving the ends intact so they hold together. It’s okay if the seeds come out in the bottle, the more it does the more flavor you’ll get 🙂
      You don’t want to scrape the seeds out of the pods though.
      My bottle held 1 cup/8oz. If yours only holds 3/4 cup/6oz, you’ll only need 6-7 beans (6 large or 7 smaller).
      I hope this helps! Have fun making the vanilla extract 🙂

  16. Also, if you halve them do you still need 9 beans? And also, what ounce bottle do you use for your vanilla? I think mine is about 3/4 cup.

  17. I love making my own vanilla extract, I’m also making lemon-, orange-, raspberry- and chocolate extract. I once tried making peppermint extract, but after one day already, the leafs get all soggy and it stinks.. Any idea what I’m doing wrong here?

    • Lauwchen-
      WOW, great idea making your own lemon, orange, raspberry and chocolate extracts!! I really want to try making a chocolate extract because every time I buy one I really don’t like the flavor. It’s not chocolatey enough and it smells too strongly of alcohol 🙁
      As for the peppermint, I have no idea why that could be happening. I’ve never made peppermint extract before so I’m not sure what it’s supposed to look like.
      I guess all you can really do is make sure your peppermint leaves are extremely fresh. I would choose organic too… maybe pesticides/herbicides don’t do well in vodka? Haha
      Here is a recipe in case you’re curious as to how other people make it:

      I hope this helps!

  18. Thanks for your reply, I’m using mint leafs from our garden, but I don’t recall storring the bottle in a dark place. I’ll try the recipe again and hopefully it will work 😀

  19. Hello Jessica !

    You’ve convinced me into making my own vanilla extract

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  21. Do you leave the beans or take them out after the 9 wks?

  22. How long does the vanilla extract & paste last for?

    • Jo-
      Vanilla extract should last for years! 😀
      Alcohol acts as a preservative. But, just to be sure, make sure your vanilla beans are very fresh and check if your alcohol has an expiration date.
      As for the vanilla paste, check your agave for the expiration date. Hope you like the recipes 😀

  23. For those who use sugar, you can also put the used beans inside a container with sugar to make vanilla sugar. Scented sugar scrub anyone?

  24. When making the vanilla been paste do you use the whole been or just what’s in side? Thank you!!:):)

    • You use the WHOLE bean! It sounds crazy, but it works! After making vanilla extract, the beans will be super soft and blendable. You will still need to strain it since it’s so fibrous, but it has a ton of flavor that most people just throw away. Hope you like the recipe! 😀

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