This often-neglected kitchen staple adds dynamic flavor that sends recipes, and raves, over the top. Using a small knife with a tip, cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Scrape the seeds out of the bean using the knife blade. Get the Recipe: Vanilla-bean Leaf Cookies Get the Recipe: Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies Get the Recipe: Chai Tea Latte Ice Cream

Updated: June 24, 2016