11 Very Vanilla Recipes

These vanilla recipes are for you if you swoon to the intoxicating aroma and unmistakable taste that vanilla adds to sooo many sweet things. Ice cream. Cake. Panna cotta. Pudding. Need we go on? Below, our most trusted ways to truly let that vanilla sensation show off.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. This rich, complex, boozy vanilla extract is no exception.
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Vanilla Angel Food Cake

All the delicate loveliness of classic angel food cake but made even better with the addition of pure vanilla and a blizzard of confectioners' sugar.
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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Sometimes it’s nice to just let your spoon sink into something that tastes pure as the driven snow. Indulgently rich, sigh-inducingly creamy, vanilla-enhanced snow.
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Grapefruit and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

A silken panna cotta that's bittersweet in the best possible way. Sorta like an adults-only take on a creamsicle.
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Vanilla Pound Cake

Flecked with vanilla seeds, this classic cake is ridiculously rich and oh so satisfying with its tender crumb and its knee-wobbingly crisp outer edges. Pound cake perfection.
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Paleo Vanilla Cake

Say "paleo cake" and most folks think of dense, crumbly, disappointing approximations of cake. Not this lovely incarnation with its lofty stature. Includes a chocolate variation.
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Vanilla Syrup

You’re going to want to drizzle, douse, and dribble this fragrant homemade vanilla syrup over and into and onto just about everything.
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Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding

Not a lot has changed since you last had this after-school classic. It's still easy. It's still quick. And it's still gosh darned comforting as heck.
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Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream. Just sorta defines summer, yes? And what better way can you imagine spending a lazy afternoon than making and devouring this childhood classic?
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Vanilla Sheet Cake

Behold, Edd Kimber's go-to sheet cake, complete with an utterly irresistible (and doable) Swiss meringue buttercream that you're gonna wanna slather all over everything.
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French Vanilla Ice Cream

For vanilla ice cream purists, nothing competes with a recipe that relies on just the essentials: milk, sugar, vanilla bean, eggs, and cream.
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