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What’s the Best Vanilla Extract Substitute for the Holidays?

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Vanilla is undoubtedly a staple in the kitchen, mainly for seasonal cooking or baking dishes in the Holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas and Hanukkah.

Vanilla product is a base in baking, much like salt and pepper to food; your baked goods and desserts will be inert without them.

Will it make a difference in the overall result of your dishes if certain vanilla products are in liquid form and others are in powder form? Absolutely. To illustrate, the alcohol solution in vanilla extract is not high-heat resistant. If you expect a rich vanilla flavor in your dishes, it’s time to change your vanilla products to high-heat to low-temperature resistant ones! Vanilla bean powder is a perfect substitute for vanilla extract; it’s not sensitive to temperature change. Thus, it won’t affect the final taste of your baked goods and frozen desserts.

Do you plan to try lists of new recipes or add some recipes to your family’s regular holiday delicacies? You’re on the right track! This article will guide you through:

Substitute for Vanilla Extract in Beverage Recipes

Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Hot Chocolate


  1. A tablespoon of cocoa powder
  2. A tablespoon of vanilla sugar
  3. ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  4. ½ teaspoon of vanilla bean powder (as a substitute for vanilla extract)
  5. ¾ cup of milk
  6. Vanilla bean whipped cream for additional topping

Steps to make:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients: Cocoa powder, vanilla sugar, cinnamon powder, and vanilla bean powder
  2. In a pan, heat the milk over medium heat until it reaches the preferred temperature, and pour the dry ingredients. Stir until it mixes and pour into a glass
  3. Garnish with vanilla bean whipped cream and dust over cinnamon powder over the top of your vanilla bean cinnamon hot chocolate
  4. Your vanilla bean cinnamon hot chocolate is ready to serve!

Hot Vanilla Buttered Rum

What you’ll need:

  1. Half a cup of melted butter
  2. Half a cup of brown sugar
  3. One teaspoon of vanilla bean powder (as a vanilla extract substitute)
  4. A teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  5. A teaspoon of ground cloves
  6. A teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  7. A teaspoon of allspice powder
  8. A pinch of salt
  9. 2 ounces of aged rum
  10. ¾ cup of hot water
  11. Cinnamon stick or whole vanilla beans (as a garnish)

How to make:

  1. Mix together brown sugar, butter, vanilla bean powder, cinnamon powder, ground cloves, allspice powder, ground nutmeg, and salt in a bowl
  2. Mix rum with two tablespoons of the sugar mixture in a mug. Then, pour the hot water gradually over the rum mixture
  3. Garnish with cinnamon sticks or whole vanilla beans, and it’s ready to drink!

Vanilla Bean Milkshake

What you need to prepare for the vanilla bean milkshake:

  1. 2 cups of vanilla bean ice cream (Let’s give it a try to turn your vanilla bean powder into delicious vanilla bean ice cream!)
  2. A cup of any choice of milk
  3. ½ teaspoon of vanilla bean powder (Undoubtedly, it’s a wise move for people with diabetes or those who limit their sugar intake to switch to an all-natural substitute for vanilla extract)

What you’ll need for vanilla bean frosting cream/whipped cream:

  1. ½ teaspoon of vanilla bean powder (for vanilla extract substitute)
  2. A cup of unsalted butter
  3. 4.5 cups of vanilla sugar
  4. 4-5 tablespoons of heavy cream 

Steps to make:

  1. Add milk and vanilla bean powder in a blender, blend
  2. Then, add vanilla bean ice cream and blend again until it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency
  3. Pour into a glass and make the vanilla bean frosting cream/whipped cream

Now, follow these steps to make vanilla bean frosting cream:

  1. Use an electric mixer at a medium speed to soften the butter. Then, add vanilla sugar and gradually increase the speed
  2. Once it blends well, add vanilla bean powder and heavy cream until it reaches the desired consistency
  3. Lastly, move to a piping bag and garnish your vanilla bean milkshake using vanilla bean frosting/whipped cream!

You might like: How to make vanilla bean frappuccino?

Vanilla Bean and Spices Traditional Eggnog


  1. Six egg yolks
  2. ¾ cup of sugar
  3. 2 cups of milk 
  4. Two whole cloves
  5. A pinch of cinnamon powder
  6. A cup of heavy cream
  7. A teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  8. A teaspoon of vanilla bean powder
  9. Two tablespoons of rum
  10. Two tablespoons of bourbon

How to make:

  1. Beat the egg yolks until it changes color, and add sugar. Continue beating until it reaches a fluffy consistency
  2. In a pan, mix together milk, whole cloves, and cinnamon powder
  3. Heat the milk mixture over medium heat but don’t let it boil
  4. Gradually add the eggs and stir
  5. Cook until it reaches a thick consistency. Avoid letting it boil
  6. Turn off the heat and stir
  7. Strain the mixture to remove the spices

Vanilla Extract Substitute in Baked Goods Recipes

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Vanilla Gingerbread Cookies


  1. ¾ cup of melted butter
  2. ¾ cup of brown sugar
  3. ⅔ cup of molasses
  4. An egg
  5. ½ teaspoon of vanilla bean powder (as a substitute for vanilla extract)
  6. Three ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
  7. A tablespoon of ground ginger
  8. A teaspoon of baking soda
  9. A teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  10. ½ teaspoon of ground cloves
  11. ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  12. ½ teaspoon of salt (use kosher salt for a better result)
  13. Icing and sprinkles for decorating

Ways to make:

  1. Mix together butter, brown sugar, and molasses using a mixer until it reaches a fluffy consistency
  2. Add vanilla bean powder and egg to the butter mixture
  3. Whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon powder, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in another bowl. Then, add to wet ingredients
  4. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours
  5. Preheat oven to 350°
  6. Line a baking sheet and shape the dough with Christmas-themed cookie cutters
  7. Bake for 10 minutes and let it cool on the baking sheet before transferring it to a rack/plate
  8. Decorate the cookie with icing and sprinkles

Crème Brûlée


  1. Half a teaspoon of vanilla bean powder (to substitute for vanilla extract)
  2. One planifolia vanilla bean (or replace with ½ teaspoon of vanilla bean powder)
  3. 250 ml double cream
  4. 75 ml milk (better with full-fat milk)
  5. Four egg yolks
  6. Three tablespoons of sugar 

Steps to make:

  1. Heat oven to 140° C/120° C.
  2. Mix the whole vanilla bean, cream, and milk in a pan and heat until it boils
  3. Cover the pan and leave for 10 minutes
  4. Then, whisk the egg yolks together with the sugar until it reaches a thick, pale consistency
  5. Add vanilla bean powder and add the cream mixture. Then, stir
  6. Place in a bowl (using ramekin is highly recommended) and do a bain marie method. Then, place it in the oven for 20 minutes until it sets.
  7. Leave until it cool
  8. Sprinkle the sugar over cold Crème Brûlée and caramelize using a blowtorch. Repeat this step until you see a golden crackling surface.
  9. Lastly, let it cool and consume it immediately!

Vanilla Bean Meringue

You’ll need the following:

  1. Half a teaspoon of vanilla bean powder to substitute for vanilla extract
  2. Two egg whites
  3. ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. ⅔ cup of white sugar

Steps to do:

  1. Place egg whites in a bowl and leave until it reaches room temperature
  2. Preheat the oven to 250° C. Whisk vanilla bean powder, cream of tartar, salt, and egg whites together at a medium speed until foamy
  3. Then, gradually add one tablespoon of sugar, whisk until it dissolves, and continue until it reaches stiff peaks
  4. Then, move the meringue dough to a piping bag with a star tip. Use a parchment-lined baking sheet as a base for shaping the dough
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, then leave the meringues in the closed-door oven for 1 hour
  6. Tasty vanilla bean meringue is ready to eat!

Fun fact: Are you on a strict diet? Using vanilla bean powder as a substitute for vanilla extract is highly recommended due to its lower calories!

Vanilla Bean Glazed Cookies

Ingredients you’ll need for cookies:

  1. A cup of sugar (we recommend you make your own vanilla sugar using whole vanilla beans like Planifolia vanilla beans, Indonesian vanilla beans, or Madagascar vanilla beans)
  2. A teaspoon of vanilla bean powder as vanilla extract substitute
  3. A cup of margarine
  4. Two eggs
  5. 3 cups of your choice of flour
  6. ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  7. A teaspoon of salt

What you need for vanilla bean glaze:

  1. ¼ teaspoon of vanilla bean powder to substitute for vanilla extract
  2. A cup of vanilla sugar (We recommend you make your all-natural vanilla sugar from whole vanilla beans)
  3. Pinch of salt
  4. 3-4 teaspoons of milk of your favorite milk

Directions for baking the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F
  2. Mix margarine, sugar, and eggs together. Add vanilla, flour, baking soda, and salt afterward
  3. Then, knead the dough and roll it out to the preferred thickness
  4. Shaped the dough using the cookie cutters and bake for 8 minutes

Directions to make vanilla bean glaze:

  1. Whisk sugar, salt, milk, and vanilla bean powder together
  2. Finally, glaze your vanilla bean glaze over the top of your cookies, and it’s ready to serve!

How to Get Vanilla Bean Powder in Bulk as the Best Vanilla Extract Substitute

In choosing vanilla bean powder for your vanilla extract substitute, it’s wise to know how your vanilla bean powder produces, including where the whole vanilla beans come from. Additionally, our vanilla bean powder bulk are made from a pure ground vanilla bean powder. It’s a pure blend of Planifolia and Tahitian vanilla beans, which are obviously rich in flavor and fragrance due to their high vanillin content.

Essence Food & Beverage, LLC distributes world-class vanilla beans in bulk and vanilla bean powder bulk that are consciously sourced from Indonesia. Anytime you need Planifolia vanilla beans/Indonesian vanilla beans in bulk and vanilla bean powder bulk as a substitute for vanilla extract, purchase them through our secure online store here.

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