DIY Colored Vanilla Sugar Gift Sets

Colored vanilla sugar is a treat for the eyes, nose, and taste buds!

Colored vanilla sugar is a treat for the eyes, nose, and taste buds!

I’m starting to gear up my preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas. That means I’m checking what gifts I still need to purchase (since I don’t make them all) and what gifts I have yet to make. I’m planning what foods I can make ahead and freeze so I can spread out the work and the hit on my grocery budget. And I’m working on things I can’t post because people who receive gifts from me might read this!

Today I got to work on something I’ve been anticipating since July. I colored some of my latest batch of vanilla sugar and packaged it up in sweet little jars like these. The red, yellow, green, and blue colors will be wonderful for cookie baking and will add an extra punch of vanilla flavor and fragrance in addition to the fun colors.

How I wish you could have smelled the heady aroma of vanilla that met my olfactory senses when I eased the lid off of the first tub. Oh. My. I had only peeked sniffed once or twice since I started this batch back at the end of July. It smelled so wonderful today!

The vanilla beans looked frosted when I pulled them from the sugar.

The vanilla beans looked frosted when I pulled them from the sugar.

Before I colored the sugar I pulled out as many of the vanilla beans as I could see. Then I poured the vanilla sugar through a sifter to make sure I caught any broken pieces. The black flecks are supposed to be there. Just like the specks of vanilla bean that show up in “real” vanilla ice cream, those specks prove that this vanilla sugar is the real deal. Besides, once the sugar is colored the flecks disappear!

Those flecks mean that this vanilla sugar is the real deal!

Those flecks mean that this vanilla sugar is the real deal!

I colored the vanilla sugar the same way I always do. These cute little 4 ounce Ball canning jars each held about 1/3 of a cup of sugar, so I measured out a little over a cup of sugar into each of four zip-top baggies, colored each batch the appropriate color, and then used a measuring cup with a spout to transfer the vanilla sugar from the baggie to the jar.

What could be more fun for cookie baking than colored vanilla sugar? | A Chat Over Coffee

What could be more fun for cookie baking than colored vanilla sugar? | A Chat Over Coffee

My plan is to wrap each set of four jars in a sleeve of cellophane for gift-giving. That is, if I can bear to part with them. They are so cute!

If you want to order vanilla extract, vanilla beans, or a kit to make your own vanilla extract, Olive Nation is having a sale through November 4. Use the code “VAN20” to get 20% off. You may also qualify for free shipping. (Update: the sale is over but you can still get vanilla products at Olive Nation.) Check the details at Olive Nation.

What colors would you make your vanilla sugar?

P.S. I didn’t color all of the vanilla sugar. Some of it I hid saved so I’ll have it for my morning coffee!

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