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

    Giant Cinnamon Rolls

    As a young newlywed, I thought I'd take it upon myself to make cinnamon rolls because I thought that was...


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    Best Vanilla Cake

    There's a reason this vanilla cake recipe is the best. Adding creamy vanilla bean paste into the moist, rich cake...


    Mexican Chocolate Oat Cookies

    Colleen Delawder of Herndon, Virginia takes oatmeal cookies to a new level with Mexican chocolate. We added spicy chocolate cinnamon...


    Potluck Candied Sweet Potatoes

    To make it easier to bring this traditional southern staple to a potluck or gathering, I updated it so...

    Frozen Greek Vanilla Yogurt

    It's simple and easy to make your own frozen Greek yogurt—you might even want to get the kids in on...


    Glazed Apple-Maple Blondies

    My 6-year-old son and I conjured up this recipe to use up the last of the apples we picked from...

    Vanilla Popcorn

    "This sweet crunchy snack is my family's favorite," writes Carolyn Roney of Scipio Center, New York. "For variety, substitute almond...


    Holiday Sugar Cookies

    I add a hint of lemon to these delightful sugar cookies. For make-ahead convenience, freeze the dough up to three...


    Frosted Eggnog Logs

    Holiday hostess Robin Olson from Gaithersburg, Maryland looks forward to finding a trayful of these sweet and spicy treats at...


    Blackberry Brandy Sauce

    Fresh ingredients make a rich-tasting blackberry brandy sauce to serve over ice cream, cheesecake, pancakes, angel food cake ... the...

    Chocolate-Filled Angel Food Cake

    This decadent angel food cake has a secret tunnel of Amaretto-and-chocolate-flavored whipped cream and a luscious chocolate glaze. It's sure...


    Vanilla Crescents

    These cookies are especially cozy at Christmastime, but are wonderful all year long. Try them dipped into hot tea or...


    Chocolate-Covered Cherry Parfaits

    If you're a fan of the sweet-tart combination of chocolate covered cherries, you'll be first in line to indulge in...


    Vanilla-Almond Coffee

    This recipe is perfect for any coffee lover. Instead of buying flavored coffees, I make my own using flavored extracts...


    Creepy Candied Corn

    I couldn't stop eating this popcorn when I first tried it at a friend's party. My generous pal offered the...

    Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

    These chewy chocolate cookies get a cozy kick from cinnamon and nutmeg. Oh, and the touch of rum in the...


    Homemade Butterscotch Pudding

    Homemade pudding reminds me of my grandma and how she turned milk and eggs into creamy textures before my eyes....


    Almond Bonbon Cookies

    These bonbons remind me of England, with a touch of America. Dip cooled cookies into one frosting or each side...


    Dipped Vanillas

    "A touch of chocolate makes these classics stand out on the holiday cookie tray," Karen Bourne, field editor from Magrath,...


    Vanilla Caramel Corn

    This recipe gives a sweet and tasty twist to microwave popcorn. When I first tried it at a party, I...


    Very Vanilla Slow-Cooker Cheesecake

    Cinnamon and vanilla give this cheesecake so much flavor, and making it in the slow cooker creates a silky, smooth...


    Rum Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

    Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite things—this jazzed-up version combines vanilla with rum to create a rich flavorful sauce...


    Fresh Berry Shortcakes

    Plump fresh strawberries should have a place of honor on the plate, and shortcake makes an inviting base on which...

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    Marshmallow Cream with Custard Sauce

    This dessert has always been a favorite of my husband and children. The original recipe came from my great-grandmother and...


    Mini Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies

    I love baking cookies to give as gifts to my family and friends. I created this recipe for my annual...


    Hoka Cheesecake

    The Hoka Cheesecake, named for a beloved local theater, is pretty addicting. It's one of the first recipes I learned...


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    Vanilla Frosting

    Don't know how to make icing for cake but don't want to settle for store-bought frosting? This four-ingredient easy vanilla...


    Vanilla & Cinnamon-Kissed Apple Latkes

    Latkes are crispy fried pancakes, often made with potatoes. But this sweet version with apples, orange juice, cinnamon and vanilla...


    Vanilla Drizzle

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