Ingredient Spotlight: Vanilla and other extracts

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Have you ever tried doubling the amount of vanilla in cookies or muffins?  It can make them super yummy!  Sometimes, I think we take vanilla for granted, treating it like a non-flavor.  Vanilla done right is fantastic though.

I use other flavored extracts less often, but I do like to use coconut, lemon and peppermint.  Here are a few of my recipes using extracts: 

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  1. I love almond extract. So much. My mom used to make this Hawaiian bread with almond extract in it, and I remember the scent of it coming from the bread machine. I may have to find a similar recipe now! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  2. Thanks for hosting Tiffany! Vanilla and almond are favorites here too!

  3. Well, I got myself mixed up and thought today was coconut day. I will save the cookies for next week. I linked up my One Fudge-Many Flavors post. Besides the flavors I mentioned in the post, you can also use peppermint, cherry, orange, coconut, etc. extracts to flavor the fudge. For example you could make toasted coconut fudge with toasted coconut and coconut extract; cherry fudge with candied cherries and cherry extract, peppermint fudge with crushed peppermint candies and peppermint extract, and orange fudge with orange slice candies and orange extract. Have fun. Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

  4. Thanks for hosting another fabulous week here Tiffany. I see there are already a bunch of recipes I need to check out. I linked up cream cheese coffee cake, butternut squash bake, and microwave choco pudding. I always look forward to this party. Have a great week.

  5. I’m on the lookout for an almond tea recipe. I had some at a home boutique recently and it was DELICIOUS!!! Does anyone know where I can find it?

  6. I always look forward to your link ups! Know I’ll find some great ideas today!

  7. I’m not sure if anyone has shared this idea, but extracts are also great in the potpourri cooker. I don’t burn candles since I have little ones around. Instead, I add water and a variety of items from my spice cabinet to the potpourri cooker to make the house smell yummy. Vanilla extract and a little cinnamon, orange peels and a few drops of orange extract with sprinkles of nutmeg, or a bit of peppermint extract all produce nice scents.

    Oh, I use the artificial extracts when I can find them. I try to use the pure extracts for cooking, but the imitation is fine for the potpourri cooker.


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