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

    Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

    We love using this simple vegan vanilla cupcake recipe as a base to layer on extra flavor. Stir in grated...


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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...


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    Best Vanilla Buttercream

    Why is this recipe crowned the best vanilla buttercream frosting? With its powerfully decadent vanilla bean flavor and delightfully creamy...


    Bean, Paste or Extract: Are You Using the Right Kind of Vanilla for Your Recipe?

    When the choices include whole beans, vanilla bean paste or many types of vanilla extract, how do you know what's...

    Mexican Chocolate Oat Cookies

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


    Confetti Cupcake Cones

    All three of my kids love these cones. They are requested at almost every birthday party or celebration. —Jami Geittmann,...

    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...


    Tailgate Apple Pies

    Made as single servings, these handheld pies are ideal for football games or other parties. They always disappear quickly. You...


    Frosted Eggnog Logs

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

    Chocolate-Caramel Chiffon Cake

    I learned how to make this fluffy, luscious cake while attending pastry school. My family just can’t get enough of...


    Holiday Sugar Cookies

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


    Dipped Vanillas

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


    Blackberry Brandy Sauce

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


    Vanilla Crescents

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

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    Sherbet-Filled Angel Food Cake

    Here’s a cool way to treat angel food cake: Fill it with sherbet or ice cream. We finish this cake...


    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...


    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...


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    Pressure Cooker Very Vanilla Cheesecake

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


    Festive King’s Cake

    In New Orleans, after the cake is baked a tiny toy baby is often inserted into it. Whoever gets the...


    Homemade Butterscotch Pudding

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


    Fresh Berry Shortcakes

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


    Vanilla Butter Rollouts

    Even cooks who normally shy away from cut out cookies can make these with confidence. The dough is so easy...

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    Almond Bonbon Cookies

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


    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...


    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...


    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...


    Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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


    Mango Rice Pudding

    Mangoes are my son's favorite fruit, so I was ecstatic to incorporate them into a healthy dessert. You can also...