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13 Recipes That Let Vanilla Shine

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What did vanilla do to deserve its lackluster reputation? It isn’t dull or humdrum! Quality vanilla is nuanced and layered. While Mexican vanilla tastes spicy and woody, vanilla from Madagascar is mild and balanced. Meanwhile, Tahitian vanilla brings floral notes to any dish.

Let's stop lumping vanilla together with boring and predictable. Choose recipes that celebrate vanilla's notes and let its flavor shine. Not sure where to start? Here are 13 vanilla-focused drinks and dishes. They're definitely not boring.

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Sautéed Cherries with Vanilla Bean
Sautéed Cherries with Vanilla Bean
Vanilla Bean Lemonade
Vanilla Bean Lemonade
Sweet Roasted Chestnuts with Vanilla and Fennel

Sweet Roasted Chestnuts with Vanilla and Fennel by Caroline Lange

Vanilla Egg Cream

Vanilla Egg Cream by Amanda Hesser

Roasted Plums with Vanilla Bean

Roasted Plums with Vanilla Bean by Merrill Stubbs

Raw Mixed Berry and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Raw Mixed Berry and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake by Lisa Bryan

Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal
Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal
Double Vanilla Butter Cake with Chantilly Cream
Double Vanilla Butter Cake with Chantilly Cream
Infused Honey
Infused Honey
Austrian Vanilla Crescents (Vanillekipferl)

Austrian Vanilla Crescents (Vanillekipferl) by Ursula | Lil Vienna

Vanilla Bean Chai Syrup

Vanilla Bean Chai Syrup by buttermeupbk

Vanilla Fudge

Vanilla Fudge by Erin McDowell

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie with Vanilla Salt

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie with Vanilla Salt by Ashley Rodriguez

Are you a vanilla fan? Let us know your favorite way to use it in the comments!

Tags: vanilla, vanilla bean, flavors