Vanilla Recipes

Whether your pantry is stocked with extract, beans or paste, these recipes with vanilla let this classic flavor shine. Use it in baked goods and savory foods, too.

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Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Indulge in this layer cake topped with rich buttercream—a vanilla lover's dream. I use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor. —Michelle Dorsey, Wilmington, Delaware

Vanilla Cheesecake

To me, there is nothing better than a simple, elegant cheesecake where the vanilla takes center stage. And when I'm...


Petite Pineapple Coconut Cakes

Defy wintry weather and transport your guests to the tropics with these beautiful, single-serving confections. Cake mix never tasted so...


Very Vanilla Cupcakes

Everyone loves a vanilla cupcake. My recipe is a vanilla lovers dream—it's a vanilla cupcake topped with vanilla buttercream. To...


Sunday Morning Coffee Cake

This tasty, old-fashioned coffee cake, with a cinnamon-sugar streusel topping, cuts nicely for company and your family will love it,...

Dutch Honey Syrup

"I grew up on a farm where a big breakfast was an everyday occurrence," relates Kathy Scott of Hemingford, Nebraska....


Slow-Cooker Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce

We recently started growing our own rhubarb, and we live in a part of Oregon where strawberries are plentiful. I...

Lemon Curd-Filled Angel Food Cake

For a sunny angel food cake, we make a filling of mascarpone, cream cheese and lemon curd, and then drizzle...


Chocolate Chip Challah

I'm fond of baking and since Challah is not available where I live, I've created my own version to serve...


Peaches ‘n Cream

For moms and daughters who want to bond in the kitchen, start with seasonal fruit and cream to plate up...


Fruit Salad with Vanilla

Peach pie filling is the secret ingredient in this crowd-pleasing salad. Make it throughout the year using whatever fruits are...

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Best Ever Bread Pudding

The secret to incredible bread pudding with a soft middle and crisp edges starts with leftover dinner rolls. I picked...


Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake is everyone’s favorite blank slate for making awesome desserts. Serve it with a simple glaze or pile...


Vanilla Drizzle

Just three pantry ingredients give a special finish to coffee cakes or sweet muffins.—Mary Faulk, Cambridge, Wisconsin


Vanilla Bean Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

For a distinctive dessert with unforgettable flavor, I recommend this cake. Feel free to substitute your favorite jam and lend...


Strawberry Mascarpone Cake

Don't let the number of steps in this recipe fool you —it's easy to assemble. The cake bakes up high...

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache

This recipe is the most recent cheesecake I gave to my mother for her birthday, and we all just loved...