Gallery: 9 Ways To Use Vanilla Beans

Vanilla Bean Madeleines
Vanilla Bean Madeleines

These classic french cookies are actually small sponge cakes shaped like a seashell. Floral vanilla beans make them the perfect accompaniment to tea. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Lime Panna Cotta
Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Lime Panna Cotta

The vanilla in this dish is assertive, but it shares equal billing with Mexican cinnamon and lime to make a creamier-than-creamy, not-too-sweet dessert. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Scotch Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Scotch Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

This is everything vanilla ice cream should be: impossibly rich and smooth with deep notes of honey, caramel, and flowers. A good Highland Scotch brings out the best flavors of vanilla while also adding depth.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Millionaire's Cherry Rhubarb Jam
Millionaire's Cherry Rhubarb Jam

A three to one ratio of rhubarb to cherries yields the perfect balance of tart and sweet. Half a vanilla bean and a generous splash of orange liqueur make for one fancy jam. It would be delicious over waffles with a dollop of crème fresh, or sandwiched in a biscuit with a wedge of brie. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Lucy Baker]

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

This classic preparation of creme brulee highlights the simple, subtle flavors of vanilla bean and burnt caramel. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Vanilla Bean Sables
Vanilla Bean Sables

Sables are incredibly easy to make (and work as slice-and-bake cookies, so keep some in your freezer!) but a vanilla bean gives them an intense flavor. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Carrot Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Pie
Carrot Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Pie

A carrot and mascarpone pie flavored with vanilla, pressed into a tender cream cheese crust. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Sarah Baird]

Vanilla Bean Pound Cake
Vanilla Bean Pound Cake

This is a recipe for a classic pound cake, using its namesake 1:1:1:1 ratio. Its flavor comes from the abundance of butter and real vanilla bean. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Mr. Softee-Style Vanilla Bean Soft Serve
Mr. Softee-Style Vanilla Bean Soft Serve

If you can find them, Tahitian vanilla beans are especially light and fragrant, and perfect for this fluffy ice cream. Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]