A slew of tasty new extracts are making the baking aisle look not quite so, um, vanilla anymore. Spike everything from dinner to drinks with these flavor boosters.


Cinnamon Extract does double duty in pancakes: Stir 1/2 tsp cinnamon extract into 2 cups pancake batter before cooking. Then, use it to spike your syrup!

(Pictured: McCormick Cinnamon Extract, $4.25 for 1 oz.)


Anise Extract makes a super flavorful broth for mussels in white wine: Saute chopped onions and garlic in butter; add white wine, chopped tomatoes, a few dashes of anise extract and mussels. Cover and cook until mussels open; serve with lots of crusty bread.

(Pictured: J.R. Watkins Pure Anise Extract, $3.49 for 2 oz.)


Coffee Extract brings new flavor to steak: Spike a classic marinade of EVOO, garlic and rosemary with a few drops of coffee extract and some cracked pepper. The coffee really perks up the steak and gives it a flavorful crust.

(Pictured: Nielson-Massey Pure Coffee Extract, $5.95 for 2 oz.)


Peppermint Extract adds a homemade feel to brownies: Stir 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract into a prepared boxed brownie mix. Transfer to pan; top with walnuts and bake. White heavy cream with confectioners' sugar and a dash of extract for a minty topping!

(Pictured: Simply Organic Peppermint Flavor, $4.39 for 2 oz.)

By Alexa Weibel

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