Add a pinch of Spiced Vanilla Sugar to coffee, tea or other drink. Also great for baking, sprinkling on oatmeal, scones, coffee cakes, ice cream and fruit. Make with real sugar or with a sugar substitute to make it a Low Carb, Keto, Weight Watchers friendly option!
Cardamom Spiced Vanilla Sugar
Yes, yes, I am a goof and love cutesy things.
I love kitties too, especially if they are real and mine. 🙂
Ed and I both looooove our morning espresso.
I don’t use a lot of sugar in my coffee, but I do like a sprinkling on top of vanilla sugar. It just takes the coffee over the top.
We’ve been making Vanilla Sugar for years.
Recently, I tried a product called “Coffee Sugar,” and it was pretty nice.
I tried it in my coffee and a tiny pinch gave the perfect amount of flavor.
Then of course, me being me, I decided to make my own and change it up a bit.
We always have at least a dozen Vanilla Beans in the house, so it was a no brainer.
I will show you below two ways to make my Cardamon Spiced Vanilla Sugar.
How to Make Vanilla Sugar.
For cooking and baking, you will want to use A grade vanilla beans.
They are a bit more oily and wet.
Just cut open vanilla beans and scrape out the cavier.
Let is sit for a few weeks and wahlaa, yummy, flavored sugar.
But, but, but, but, there has to be more, more flavor, more choices.
There is no need to scrape out the caviar.
What Spices are in Cardamom Spiced Vanilla Sugar?
Whole Spice Method
For this recipe, I used a Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa.
It is just cocoa processed with alkali.
This is the same cocoa as in my The Forum Cafeteria Incredible Chocolate Brownies recipe.
Realistically, you can use whatever you like. There is such a tiny amount, as I wanted just a hint of the chocolate.
As far as the spices are concerned. If you want a more potent vanilla flavor, use more tanilla beans. Oh gosh, so sorry…I have been itching to say that because that is the way Ed‘s son, Nicholas, pronounces that word, so it just comes out that way, sometimes.
As the flavor develops and you decide what your taste buds love, you can adjust flavors in future batches.
When you remove some sugar and then replace more to flavor the new sugar, remove or add any of the seasonings from the jar.
16 ounce Wide Mouth Mason Jars work well for this recipe, but use whatever you like.
I use these storage caps instead of the canning lids that come with the jars.
If you plan to use the sugar for sprinkling on baking scones or cookies, Demerara Sugar is nice to use.
For those who follow a low carb diet, or those with diabetes concerns, like me, use your favorite sugar substitute, like Swerve.
Don’t worry about measuring the sugar exactly.
Just fill up the 16 ounce Wide Mouth Mason Jars and call it a day.
Uses for Spiced Vanilla Sugar.
- Add a pinch to coffee.
- Mix into tea.
- Flavor up Chai Tea.
- Sprinkle over scones of cookies before baking.
- Use for dipping strawberries.
- Sprinkle over ice cream.
- Replace for plain sugar in the top layer of my Pressure Cooker New York Cheesecake Recipe.
The color of the Vanilla Spiced Sugar is so pretty from the touch of the Dark Cocoa.
Almost with a pinkish tint.
Naw, that’s just the reflection from the red mat underneath.
Tea Ball Crushed Method
This is a really nice method to use too.
The Spiced Vanilla Sugar will be ready to use practically overnight.
Either crush the spices by hand, or use a Mini Chopper and partially grind the spices.
This little RSVP Tea Infuser is perfect for spices, which you want to remove from your food.
For this container, I put all spices, except for the vanilla bean and the cocoa powder into the tea ball.
A jar of my Cardamon Spiced Vanilla Sugar (with or without the tea ball) will make a really good gift.
So, I kept changing the name of this Spiced Vanilla Sugar.
Indian Coffee Sugar? But, you can use it in tea too.
Indian Spiced Sugar? But Star Anise is popular in many Asian Countries.
I did not want to eliminate anyone, so I went with Vanilla Spiced Sugar.
But I kinda want to call it Cardamon Vanilla Spiced Sugar for Coffee, Tea, Baked Goods and so much more. 🙂
Enjoy I hope your morning coffee or tea is delightful.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- J.A. Henckels Classic Paring Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Groove
- Ball 16 oz Wide Mouth Mason Jars
- Vanilla Beans
- RSVP Tea Ball
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
Spiced Vanilla Sugar
- With a sharp knife, slice vanilla bean from end to end and stuff into air tight jar.
- Add the rest of the seasonings and then fill jar with sugar.
- Cover and shake well. Let sit for three weeks.
- Open jar, and sift some sugar into a small container or sugar bowl. Add more sugar to the jar to cover spices and screw on lid. Refill and replace, as needed.