Our private Facebook group, Making Vanilla Extract by VanillaPura has some of the most sweet and creative members! Many refer to extract making as the, "Rabbit Hole," meaning once you start, you will never stop and will always find yourself trying new and exciting recipes!

One of the members of the group named Vicki recently shared her recipe for pecan extract. Doesn't this sound perfect for upcoming baking season? I can already think of all the breads, cookies, cakes, and pies this would be the best addition to. We are so excited to share this recipe in her own words and pictures. 


  • 1 cup of pecans 
  • 2 cups of Titos Vodka


  1. Place all the ingredients in a glass mason jar. 
  2. Change your pecans out every 3 months
  3. Strain your pecan mixture at 6 months and it is good to go!

*Tip: I keep my pecans sealed in the freezer for ensured freshness!


VanillaPura Pro
Tagged: extract pecan


Hi Lakey, to change out the pecans, all you have to do is take out the original pecans and replace them with new ones.
It looks like we don’t have a recipe for Spiced Butter Pecan Extract yet, if anyone has a good one please let us know!

— VanillaPura Pro

Question: don’t understand “change out the pecans every 3months”. Also, didn’t see the recipe Spiced Butter Pecan extract. Thanks for the help. Lakey

— Lakey Curlee

Hi Lori,
We recommend 35-50 percent alcohol, which translates to 70–100 proof.

Happy Extracting!:)

— VanillaPura Pro

What proof Vodka do you use?

— Lori M Johnson

A buttered pecan recipe sounds interesting! This would be a great question to ask our Facebook group.

— VanillaPura Pro

Do you have a recipe for buttered pecan extract. Thank you

— Sharon

great recipes.. am going to try some…especially the pecan one…the store bought stuff is just way too expensive…

— Jeanne Perkin

Do you roast the pecans first and add them warm to the alcohol? Thank you!

— Sue Peterson

I’m so glad to read the comment about making pecan sugar with the used pecans from the extract! I make vanilla sugar from the used Madagascar beans, bottle it in a classy glass container with Christmas ribbon and they become gifts for the holidays. The repeat requests come a month or two later for more!!

— Lois C Roller

I have used my pecan extract in all recipes calling for vanilla extract. I open a full bottle of vodka, I fully open my Madagascar beans and add 6 beans to the full bottle, tightly close it, and shake the bottle at least 2/3 minutes 2-3 times a week for a few weeks. The beans remain in the bottle even after a year, and start using the extract after 6-8 months when the liquid is a dark brown. I also buy small 2 Oz brown bottles, label them, tie them with Christmas ribbon and give them to smoky bakers. They love this gift!

— Lois C Roller

I used vodka for my first try. I am using bourbon for this second try. The used pecans I roast just a tad to dry them out, then make my Sandies cookie recipe. Talk about mouth watering taste for my Christmas cookies. (Don’t let the kiddies eat!).

— Lois C Roller

Have you ever used something other than vodka for this recipe? Like rum or bourbon?

— Sheree Hope

Most don’t use this recipe to replace vanilla but rather use it to enhance the flavor of pecans or bring the flavor to a dessert. Hope this helps! :)

— VanillaPura

That isn’t something we have tried, so I am not 100% sure. You are welcome to try it out and let us know what you come up with! :)

— VanillaPura

Would this be used in place of vanilla in appropriate recipes — like the ice cream?

— Linda Schott

I just started my Pecan Extract today. I’m wondering if this is an extract you can Sous Vide to cut the time by 3 months like the vanillas?

— Patricia Paxton

Hello, Nancy!
Exactly. Just as long as you have two cups, it will work. Happy extracting!

— VanillaPura

Hi Linda!
I’m sure you can dehydrate them and add them to sugar to make some sort of pecan sugar. :)

— VanillaPura

Question: At my liquor store the Tito’s comes in two sizes- a 12 oz (which I just started my Madagascar vanilla beans in – it’s not quite a 2 fold but more than a single fold) Do you just purchase the larger bottle so you have the 2 cups? I make Tinctures, too, I guess I’ll use the left-overs for that.

— Nancy A

I’m following your recipe. Can’t wait for the holidays! Looking forwards to some butter pecan ice cream. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

— Mary Swedenborg

I can’t wait to make this recipe tomorrow! I bought my Tito’s today so I can start this AND a new batch of vanilla extract! So excited!!!

— Robin

Can you still use the nuts after you take them out ot just throw awsy? Thank you!!

— Linda Sabo