I enjoy making muffins for breakfast during the week due to the ease of just mixing together the batter and baking them in the oven. Pancakes and waffles require cooking each one separately. I don’t have the time to sit in front of the stove while watching Evan by myself and am too hungry to wait for his first nap. Vanilla sugar is not needed for these vanilla chocolate chip muffins, but it definitely gives the muffins a little something extra. They come out of the oven with sparkling black and white specks covering their tops. Next time, I will probably add a vanilla bean to the batter as well.
Vanilla sugar (Vanillezucker in German) is a common ingredient in European cooking and desserts. It can be found in many grocery stores in the USA, but usually only comes in small packets for a high price. They are a bit less expensive online, but I just make my own (store 1 vanilla bean- scraped to 2 cups sugar). Depending on the country, either powdered or granulated sugar is used. Making vanilla sugar is also a great way to use the leftover beans after scraping them for another recipe. It can also be given as gifts or used in place of regular sugar for sweetening coffee and other beverages and foods.