VANILLA SUGAR: A SIMPLE HOLIDAY TREAT

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy holiday gift that you can make by the boatloads, I have just the thing for you.  Vanilla sugar is practically non-perishable, looks great all wrapped up, and is super simple to whip together, whether for yourself or for fifty. Add it to your coffee, tea, or on top of cookies when they bake; this pantry staple makes any recipe a little more luxe.

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INGREDIENTS

For 2 cups

1 vanilla bean

Vanilla beans can be really expensive, so I buy them in bulk and keep them in the freezer.

2 cups of sugar

DIRECTIONS

Split the vanilla bean with a paring knife and scrape all of the seeds in the bean out. Place the seeds in a food processorl with the sugar (or if you don’t have one, place in a large bowl). Slice each bean in half crosswise and pop each half in a jar. Using a food processor )or your hands), blend the vanilla seeds and sugar. Pulse for about 15 seconds, until totally incorporated.  Sift the sugar through a strainer and fill the jars with the sugar mixture, pouring over the empty bean. The bean will continue to infuse the sugar for weeks. The sugar is best two weeks after preparing. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS (WRAPPING)

8 ounce jam jars

x-acto knife

1 large sheet festive wrapping paper

I used snow & graham‘s tree lights paper

shipping tags

spray mount

colored twine or baker’s string

vanilla sugar

DIRECTIONS

These are great to put together assembly line style, so make a bunch at a time. First, spray the wrapping paper with spray mount and press the tags and the can lids onto it. Once the paper has dried (this will be a few minutes), cut the tags and lids out using the x-acto knife. Cut the hole out of the tags and lace some colored twine through: your tags are done!  Fill your jars with Vanilla Sugar and seal with lids.  Wrap the colored twine or Baker’s string around the jar and tie in a little bow.  Done!