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

Homemade Vanilla Extract (whipped cream flavored!)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1 tsp

Fat per serving: 0g

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.
  5. Vanilla will be ready to use in 9 weeks, shake before using.


I bought my vanilla beans here

When bottle is 25% empty, fill it with more vodka and let it sit for a couple weeks, shaking every once in a while.

The first time I used the vanilla was at 9 weeks, where I used 2 tsp in Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (which were deeeelicious!). The vanilla smelled exactly like storebought vanilla extract, but a little sweeter and creamier from the flavored vodka.

This recipe is: gluten free and vegan!

At 10 weeks I used 2 tsp in Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pound Cake (ahmazing)

At 12 weeks I used 2 tsp in Banana Bread Cake. By now, the vanilla did not smell too much of alcohol like the storebought kinds, and I liked it that way. I kinda wanted to drink it...

Recipe adapted from: The Healthy Foodie


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)

Labels: 5-Ingredients-or-Less, DIY, Fat-Free, Gluten-Free, Liqueur, No-Bake, Vegan

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Comments (32)

  1. The Cooking Actress: September 20, 2012

    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. Shannon: September 20, 2012

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

  3. Dea: September 20, 2012

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

  4. Jessica | Desserts with Benefits: September 21, 2012

    Thanks! And I totally agree… Pinnacle Whipped is THE best 😉

  5. Jessica | Desserts with Benefits: September 21, 2012


  6. Jennifer Ochoa: September 22, 2012

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

  7. nicoledavidsohn: September 22, 2012

    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!

  8. Kristina McIntosh: January 13, 2013

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

  9. Yes, the majority of extracts contain alcohol :)

  10. Sonia! The Healthy Foodie: February 5, 2013

    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! :)

  11. Julia B: June 21, 2013

    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 😉

  12. Kate: May 3, 2014

    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.

  13. dessertswithbenefits: May 3, 2014

    Yes, I know the vodka has sugar in it. That’s why I didn’t state that this recipe is sugar-free :)

  14. Kate: May 4, 2014

    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!! :)

  15. dessertswithbenefits: May 4, 2014

    I think there are some low-carb vodkas out there (or at least there are some sugar-free ones) so you can definitely try those out!
    I am currently in the process of making an alcohol-free version, so hopefully it all works out. If it does I’ll post the recipe as soon as I can :)

  16. slee: May 13, 2014

    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?

  17. dessertswithbenefits: May 14, 2014

    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 :)

  18. Mazzie: May 23, 2014

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

  19. dessertswithbenefits: May 24, 2014

    You can either keep the vanilla beans inside the bottle or use the beans to make Homemade Vanilla Paste!

    This way you can make TWO different types of vanilla without the waste :)

  20. Martha: September 16, 2014

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

  21. Martha: September 16, 2014

    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.

  22. dessertswithbenefits: September 16, 2014

    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 :)

  23. Lauwchen: September 20, 2014

    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?

  24. dessertswithbenefits: September 21, 2014

    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!

  25. lauwchen: September 21, 2014

    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 😀

  26. dessertswithbenefits: September 22, 2014

    Yes, make sure to keep it in a cool, dark and dry cabinet or pantry :)
    Good luck!

  27. Anna: September 30, 2014

    Hello Jessica !

    You’ve convinced me into making my own vanilla extract

  28. dessertswithbenefits: September 30, 2014

    YAY! 😉 I hope you like the recipe. It’s so much fun to make AND use :)

  29. Kimberly: November 28, 2014

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

  30. Kimberly-
    I leave the beans in because they continue to add flavor, but you can remove them if you like and make DIY Vanilla Paste with them! :)

  31. Jo: May 21, 2015

    How long does the vanilla extract & paste last for?

  32. 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 😀

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