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a bowl of vanilla bean paste

Easy, Homemade Vanilla Bean Paste Recipe

  • Author: Kelly
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2/3 cup 1x


Homemade Vanilla Bean Paste has a rich, robust vanilla flavor and is simple to make at home.


  • 5 vanilla beans
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup


Make the Vanilla Bean Powder:

  1. Bake vanilla beans in a 150°F oven on a parchment lined baking sheet for about an hour to an hour and a half. You want them to get nice and dried out but not burnt. They will still be somewhat pliable when you take them out of the oven but will become brittle as they cool. It’s necessary for the beans to become brittle for a finely ground powder.
  2. After they cool, cut them up into smaller pieces and grind them up in a coffee or spice grinder.

Make the syrup:

  1. Combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Take off the heat.

Combine the vanilla powder and the sugar syrup:

  1. Put the vanilla powder into a glass jar. Pour in the sugar syrup. Stir to combine.
  2. Store at room temperature for several months.


  • You can use 2/3 cup agave syrup or honey in place of the sugar syrup and corn syrup. Simply stir in the vanilla bean powder.
  • For extra flavor, stir in a tablespoon of vanilla extract.


To dry the vanilla beans you can also:

  • Leave vanilla beans out on the counter for several weeks.
  • Bake the vanilla beans in a 350° F oven for about 5 minutes.
  • Microwave the vanilla beans for about 20-30 seconds. They should puff up and become crisp.
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 70 minutes
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vanilla bean paste, vanilla

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