Vanilla extract is so expensive right now and I don't use nearly enough to justify buying a whole jar of it. Has anyone found any suitable substitutes (besides vanillin--blech!) for it in baked goods?
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Not in a general sense- other than more expensive forms of vanilla. Some recipes you can rebalance using things like almond extract, rum, lemon oil, but it's usually going to be a fairly radical departure, it's between you and your conscience. How much are they charging, anyway? I buy the giant bottle at Cosco and don't have to do it very often; when I'm feeling extravagant I use vanilla paste, which I expect to pay through the nose for.
It's about $20 on sale for organic vanilla at my co-op. Not something I want to pay for just to have some chocolate chip cookies every once in a while.
You can do better than that on Amazon, though you always pay a lot for small quantities. It does keep quite well.
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1) If you use so little, buy the real thing. It keeps up to 4 year in pantry.
2) omit. Sometimes you won't (much) notice it's missing.
3) make homemade from vanilla beans steeped in vodka or brandy.
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In my opinion....nothing replaces real vanilla....and chocolate chip cookies aren't nearly the same without it.
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Good vanilla extract is available for less than $20. Like Smaug posted, sites like Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy have vanilla extract for less than that. I would also suggest buying a couple of vanilla beans and steeping them in some rum or vodka. I've been doing this for the last 10 years. The process is dead simple: drop beans into alcohol and let steep for 3-4 weeks. The extract lasts almost indefinitely and I simply replenish either the beans and/or the alcohol. I don't even remember the last time I bought vanilla extract. I bought about 1lb of vanilla beans for $15 a few years ago from Ebay which I am still using up today (yeah I went a little overboard because the price was so good).
One more- Bourbon vanilla extract $8 for 4 oz. ( that's a lot of cookies). They also have something called (I think) vanilla flavoring, which from a brief glance at the ingredients seems to be vanilla extract with sugar- Lord knows why- but it is real vanilla.
sorry, that's at Trader Joe's