Christi is a member of our private Facebook group, Making Vanilla Extract by VanillaPura. Earlier this week, she shared her recipe for Apple Extract which we thought would be perfect to share with fall not being too far away! This extract would be the perfect addition to baked goods, hot apple cider, and more! We are excited to share this recipe in her own words and pictures. 



  • 5 cups of freeze-dried apples 
  • about 3 cups of vodka


    1. Place 2 cups of the freeze-dried apples and the 3 cups of vodka in a glass jar with a lid. 
    2. Change out the apples: - At 1 week: Remove old apples and add 1 cup of new dried apples  - At 2 weeks, discard the old apples and add 1 cup new dried apples. At 3 weeks, same thing once more. (apples absorb a lot of liquid, you will yield 1 cup of extract when finished)
    3. Strain, run threw coffee filter and done! The extract takes about 5 weeks to be done.


Note: I'm also making a vanilla apple as well, however its not done yet. Any questions please feel free to ask I'm more than willing to answer. 




VanillaPura Pro


Many apologies for the confusion with the quantity of freeze-dried apples to use for this extract.

You’ll need 5 cups total, using 2 cups initially and then an additional 1 cup each time you change them out. I’ve just edited the recipe and so hopefully a bit clearer now. Happy extracting!

— VanillaPuraPro

How many apples do you use for the first run?

— Tracy

So need a total of 5 cups of freeze-dried apples, Correct?

— Delsi

The question of using dehydrated fruit comes up often. Depending on the machine used to dehydrate the fruit, the level of moisture left in the fruit is questionable. Therefore, hard to pinpoint what percentage of alcohol to use. We generally stick with freeze-dried or fresh because we know the moisture content more accurately. But that being said, you could do a little experiment and try it with vodka and Everclear and see what happens:)

Happy Extracting!

— VanillaPura Pro

This sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing your recipe. One question, though…

of your instructions is a bit confusing. Could you please clarify this. For the first week do you add the 2 cups of apples the recipe calls for then after one week do you discard those apples and THEN ADD 1 cup more and repeat each week thereafter?

A couple of people have already asked this question, but I didn’t see a response. THANK YOU 😊

— Bernadette Niebuhr

Hi Dale, You can use fresh fruit but you will need to use a higher proof alcohol because of the dilution from the water in the fresh fruit. Search under the search key on our website for: Everclear and fresh fruit. You will find some helpful information. Happy Extracting!

— VanillaPura Pro

Is there a way to do this without freeze dried apples, regular apples?

— Dale M Faulkner

Do you completely remove the 2cups of freeze-dried apples, the 1st week & add back 1cup of freeze-dried apples, & repeat for the 3 weeks? Also do you replace any of the vodka if some has been displaced?
Thank you for your help in understanding your recipe, can’t wait to make.
Kathy Roth

— Kathy

For your apple vanilla how many vanilla beans do you use?? This sounds delicious!!

— Donna Langevin

are you able to use fresh apples and what type of apple

— coleen gommer

Can you use fresh apple and and would you do everything the same if so?
Thank you

— Regina

Change out the apples every week for 3 weeks and add 1 cup of apples (apples absorb lots of liquid that’s why I ended last 2 weeks with only 1 cup) for next week then repeat.

Change out the apples and add 1 cup of apples?

— Chris

Hi Carrie!
Dehydrated apples should work just fine. :) As far as the conversion rate, we would say you could likely keep about the same amount and just make sure the apples are covered by the vodka. :)

Happy Extracting!

— VanillaPura

I see the recipe says freeze-dried apples. Would it work with dehydrated apples and what conversion rate would you suggest?

— Carrie Sawyer