Vanilla Wafer Cookies That Are Better Than Storebought Recipe -
Vanilla Wafer Cookies That Are Better Than Storebought Recipe
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Vanilla Wafer Cookies That Are Better Than Storebought

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"This recipe comes from my favorite cookbook from a church. It is simple, easy, inexpensive and delicious! Not to mention it tastes better than the vanilla wafers you can buy at the store! You can make the cookies bigger if you'd like, they just won't have as crispy of an outside. We like to add a slice of banana between two cookies, dip them in chocolate, and then freeze them (;"

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Original recipe makes 28 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Beat butter and sugar in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla extract. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and mix the dry ingredients thoroughly into butter mixture. Drop cookies about 2 inches apart, 1 teaspoon at a time, onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until edges of cookies are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool cookies on wire racks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 21, 2012

My husband was craving Vanilla wafers! They were alomst $5 a box I thought no way I'm going to look a recipe, and here you were!! Thank you, cookies turned out great, better than "Nilla's".... perfect recipe..

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 28, 2014

They turned out alright. They spread quite a bit more than I expected.


43 Ratings

Aug 04, 2012

I forgot to add the oven temperature! I am so sorry! The temp is 350 just as you thought!

Jul 03, 2014

excellent! for the most part, I kept ingredients as listed, but changed the method to combat the spreading and thin result others reviewed.I always bake with butter flavor crisco, bake with parchment paper and only bake on sheets that have cooled off, that helps spreading. after mixing dough, take the time to roll them into longs rolls of dough as in refrigerator cookies. yeah, it adds a little prep time, but it probably saves time in the long run. I quadrupled the recipe and formed the dough into around 7 long bread stick size wax paper tubes. let them sit in fridge all day, and only pulled one tube out at a time, slicing them into pieces the thickness of checker pieces. molded them a little as i placed them on the cookie sheet. got 27 cookies per sheet, at 4x7 rows. finished cookies were perfectly round, uniform and nearly identical in size to Nilla Wafers from the store. made a total of 18 dozen little, delicious, beautiful, impressive cookies! filled to galon size ziplock bags, needed extra cuz recipe. Am using them in banana pudding, will update this review after trying them out in the recipe. By the way, the amount of grease that is on the wax paper when you are slicing them is alarming, but the finished product is absolutely perfect. for the sake of health, next time i will try to reduce the amount of butter/shortening just a tad to see if i still like the cookie. overall, this is gonna be my go-to vanilla wafer cookie for sure! thanks, usmcwifey!!!!!!

Jun 16, 2013

I was right in the middle of making my Dad's favorite Banana pudding (for Father's Day) when I realized I forgot to buy the Nilla Wafers at the store! So I googled homemade ones and found this recipe. Was thrilled that I could whip up my own homemade version and will be able to complete my dessert this morning without another run to the store! :) Thank you!

Dec 05, 2012

These were perfect for me and are quite good but I don't eat the commercial version so I can't really compare to that. They started to overbrown on the edges after 9-10 min but I needed most of them for crumbs in another recipe so I left them in to make sure they were crunchy. I did start chilling my pan in the fridge between batches and that helped the browning. I put the dough in a baggie and clipped off a corner to squeeze dollops on the cookie sheet which worked very good. I also used the last little bit to make a snowman by spacing the dollops about 1/2 to 3/4 inch a apart :)

Mar 28, 2013

i made these lastnight added half a tsp of rasberry extract awsome!!!!by the way didnt hae butter used margerine they turned out chewy mmmmmmm

Oct 22, 2013

These cookies are very good. The recipe is essentially a sugar cookie. I added an extra tsp of vanilla extract because yum. :) I did make them a bit too big, but that was my own fault because I didn't read the '1 tsp at a time' and tried to guess instead. Anyways, so excited to know that I can make my OWN vanilla wafers using REAL ingredients. Thanks for the great recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 165 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.6 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 7 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 120 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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