Vanilla sugar (German: Vanillezucker, Polish: Cukier wanilinowy, Swedish: "Vaniljsocker") is a commonly used ingredient of Dutch, German, Polish, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Austrian, Norwegian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Croatian and other European desserts.
It can be costly and difficult to obtain outside Europe but can be simply made at home. Sometimes it can be replaced with vanilla extract, where one teaspoon equals one package. However, when it is needed as a topping, vanilla extract is unsuitable.
Vanilla sugar can be prepared at home by combining approximately 2 cups of white sugar with the scraped seeds of one vanilla bean.
Cheaper vanillin sugar is also available, made only from sugar and vanillin.
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