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...


Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

1 review

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

8 reviews

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


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,...

Glazed Apple-Maple Blondies

25 reviews

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

3 reviews

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


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

2 reviews

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...


Chocolate-Filled Angel Food Cake

2 reviews

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

2 reviews

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


Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

1 review

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


Almond Bonbon Cookies

2 reviews

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

Dipped Vanillas

3 reviews

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


Festive King’s Cake

9 reviews

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


Fresh Berry Shortcakes

8 reviews

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


Vanilla Butter Rollouts

14 reviews

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


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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...


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...


Double-Duty Applesauce Mini Muffins

3 reviews

Children reach with both hands for these buttery tender mini muffins. Cinnamon-spiced and made with applesauce, they’re easy to bake...


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Pinwheel Pops

My mom used to make pinwheels every Christmas, and I still love them. They are so colorful, and perfect for...

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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

81 reviews

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


Strawberry Mascarpone Cake

2 reviews

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


Vanilla Cheesecake

1 review

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


Lemon Curd-Filled Angel Food Cake

4 reviews

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


Chocolate Chip Challah

1 review

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