Nielsen Massey Vanilla and Cookbook Giveaway

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I LOVE to bake!  Here’s my Old Fashioned Pecan Pie —hot out of the oven.  I used the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure  Vanilla Extract in my pecan pie and you can really taste the difference!    I have learned that it is so important to use quality ingredients in your recipes because that one tip makes a big difference in the success of your finished product.  

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas are premium vanilla products that are known worldwide.  They have always been, and still are, a family-owned business and are now run by the third generation of the Nielsens.  The line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include:  Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste ( which my daughter, Nicole, absolutely loves) ; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar and Certified Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Beans.  They also have an amazing line of pure flavors:  Pure Chocolate Extract, Pure Almond Extract, Pure Orange Extract, Pure Lemon Extract, Pure Coffee Extract, Pure Peppermint Extract,  Orange Blossom Water and Rose Water.  Whatever your baking needs — Nielsen – Massey has a flavoring or extract for you!

Nielsen-Massey also has a cookbook, A Century of Flavor Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.   I read cookbooks like some people read novels and this cookbook took me on a journey of exciting flavors and dishes.  It is packed with 50 delicious recipes and full-page color pictures of every dish!  Just reading the book made my mouth water  with recipes like Vanilla Apple Pudding, Savory Pork Tenderloin, Vanilla-Infused Balsamic Vinaigrette and Vanilla Caramel Corn Crunch!

One lucky Make Life Special reader will win a Nielsen-Massey Gift Set:

2 oz Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract

2 oz Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract

2 oz Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract

2 oz Pure Almond Extract

2 oz Pure Chocolate Extract

A Century of Flavor cookbook

Win it!!!


To enter the giveaway, just answer the following question in the “Speak Your Mind” section at the bottom of this post:

” What is your favorite recipe you bake using vanilla?”

Maybe it’s your grandma’s recipe for sugar cookies or your favorite pie or cake recipe.  Whatever bakery creation that makes  your taste buds dance with delight, please share!


One entry per person, please.

Giveaway starts Tuesday October 16, 2012.

Giveaway ends Saturday October 27, 2012 at 8pm CST.

The winner will be chosen by and announced October 28, 2012.

Winner must email  with their name and mailing address.

Note:  Giveaway sponsored by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.



  1. My favorite is definitely shortbread cookies!

    Did you know it’s easy to make high-quality vanilla at home? I love it!

  2. I just rediscovered my dear ole’ Momma’s recipe for Cream Cheese Pound Cake and it is quite a treat. It boosts 3 teaspoons of Vanilla. The vanilla she used was always top of the line, pure and untainted by modern additives…just like Nielsen-Massey’s products. It is truly a treat to the taste buds!

  3. panna cotta!

  4. My favorite recipe is my mom’s vanilla/cinnamon French Toast!

  5. My favorite recipe is carrot cake with 2 teaspoons Vanilla. Got it from a friend. It has been mine since many years. My friend has forgotten it but I cherish it. Nuts, raisins, apples or pineapple depending on my mood.

  6. Victoria Hanson says

    my favorite is shortbread cookies dipped in vanilla caramel or chocolate glaze!

  7. Selina Varich says

    My favorite recipe is my Mom’s Italian custard. So delicious. She made it on holidays and our birthdays and to this day, I can’t make it to taste like hers.

  8. French Toast!!

  9. chocolate chip cookies

  10. I love to add Nielsen-Massey vanilla to my cheesecake

  11. I like vanilla in almost everything, but my favorite is probably french toast.

  12. cherry smith says

    The chocolate chip and pecan cookies I made daily for almost 20 years as a School Food Service Baker… I still make them at home…

  13. Jean DeNio says

    We use vanilla in lots of things, but my favorite is English Toffee Bars! It’s a recipe we’ve had and used for over 30 years! (We always add a little extra vanilla!)

  14. I like vanilla in icing!

  15. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    I love homemade tapioca–and, I’m pretty sure, it’s the vanilla that makes it taste so good! I use vanilla in every recipe that calls for it. I’ve also learned that adding vanilla to some everyday simple favorites such as French Toast and Marshmallow Krispy Treats really makes them taste better. I love Nielsen-Massey products and this post prompted me to go make some pecan bars 😉
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Cinnamon Bread.

  17. Coconut macaroons.

  18. I use vanilla in almost everything but it is the key ingredient in pannacotta, which is my favorite desert 🙂
    I like to put a few drops of vanilla in my smoothies.

  19. Mmmmmmmmmm,i loooove the aroma of pure Vanilla extract,takes me back to my childhood,when my Mom would be in the kitchen late at night,baking her famous,southern sweet potato pie with real butter mmmmmmm♥♥♥ I’ve used that same pure vanilla extract when I bake homemade cheesecake,nuthing beats vanilla,it’s a must have in just about every dessert recipe 🙂 Thank U Vickie for this awesome Pecan Pie recipe,and thanks to Nielsen-Massey Vanilla for this delishus giveaway,gud luck to all! 🙂 *WarmestHugssss*~T.G.

  20. What a wonderful giveaway. Vanilla makes lots of recipes sing. One of my favorites is in my Oatmeal cake.

  21. Cristi Perkins says

    My favorite baked goodie is Hershey’s Syrup Brownies. They are the best!

  22. I use vanilla in alot of things the mexican vanilla would be great I bet…I love the oatmeal cookies…..OH YUMMMY!

  23. Cheryl Tuttle says

    Pumpkin Bread!!!! When I bake a batch I have to hide a loaf from my kids or I don’t even get a piece.

  24. Homemade vanilla ice cream for sure!!!

  25. Chocolate chip cookies! I’ve been aching to use vanilla bean paste to make creme brulee for a very long time now.

  26. Marilyn Morgan says

    My favorite recipe for vanilla is shortbread or sugar cookies.

  27. My family does not like sugar sweet icing, so I fooled around with several recipes until I came across one that my family liked and of course I use pure vanilla extract.

  28. Jackie Varnell says

    I make vanilla cream puffs

  29. I like to use vanilla in what I call plain vanilla cookies. Easy reciepe.

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