Pour sugar to a glass mason jar. Slice the vanilla bean in half, scrape out the seeds with your knife, and add the seeds and bean to the jar. Close the jar and shake well. Do this every day for one week!
Cook's Note: You can use this sugar for all of your baking needs. Flavor cakes, cookies, pastries, puddings, and desserts. Sprinkle on fruit or buttered toast OR stir into coffee, tea or hot cocoa.
To make confectioners' sugar: Place vanilla sugar into a blender or food processor. Use the “pulse” or “blend” setting. Blend until it has attained a powdery consistency. Sift the sugar through a strainer into a container. If you’re not using the sugar right away, store in an airtight container. Use it to make vanilla flavored frosting or butter cream.