Homemade Vanilla Wafers

homemade vanilla wafers
homemade vanilla wafers

Update 1/20/2014: Don’t forget to check out a great way to use these Homemade Vanilla Wafers in my Mint Dazzler recipe!

I can remember my mother buying Nilla Wafers when I was a child and wanting to eat the whole box myself.  Now that I’m grown-up, my taste buds have matured and I’ve discovered that Nilla Wafers often leave a funny coating on the roof of my mouth.  I still liked them, but I didn’t buy them very often.

This past weekend, I wanted to make one of my favorite desserts (recipe coming to a blog near you … soon).  The base of the recipe starts will vanilla wafers.  Instead of going out and buying a box, I thought it would be fun for Little Chick and I to try making some from scratch.

I borrowed the original recipe from Frugal Antics where you can read the original recipe and directions.  The directions below are my own.

The ingredients are simple … butter, sugar, an egg, vanilla extract, flour and baking powder.  Simple can be wonderful.  Papa claimed them to be “almost too good”, so I had to make sure to make my other dessert quickly before these disappeared.

vanilla wafers baked

You mix these up and make several dozen tiny, dime-sized cookies.  I know they are tiny, but believe me you want them that small.  Partially so they don’t take a long time to cook.  But also because they are addictive and that means you can have 4-5 cookies :-).

Little chick eyeing up unbaked cookies

Little Chick was eye-ing up those little balls but I told her we had to wait until they were baked.   I just rolled out balls for the first pan, but found it worked better to flatten them a little with my fingers before baking.  Otherwise they don’t spread into nice cookie shapes.  However, they taste good either way.

I can blame my daughter for not having a lot of in-progress photos for this one.  Baking with a toddler is tough enough without stopping to take pictures at every step.  But I’d still recommend it.  It’s such a joy to see her learn cooking skills … even how to break an egg properly (sometimes).

Homemade Vanilla Wafers

Servings: 60 to 75 little cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  • Add the egg and the vanilla extract and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Add to the butter/sugar mixture and stir until the flour is incorporated.
  • Using a teaspoon to scoop up the dough, roll into tiny little balls – about the width of a dime. Place the cookie balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten the slightly with your fingers.
  • Bake at 350°F for approximately 10 minutes. The edges should be lightly browned.

15 Replies to “Homemade Vanilla Wafers”

  1. Mmm! Those look yummy!

  2. In what state do you incorporate the flour etc. in? WI or FL?

    1. Either! LOL. Did you want me to make you some when I get there?

  3. I love this! My husband is a Nilla Wafer addict (and don’t you dare by the off-brand!). I am going to give these a try and see if he likes them, since I hate that he consumes all the creepy ingredients! Pinning!

    1. I tried buying the off-brands / generics … they don’t taste the same and I think they are even worse as far as ingredients. Let me know if you make these!

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  5. Yum! I think we would like these…

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  11. yummy! I should look here more often! (like the model’s sweatshirt btw) 🙂 – we should have done this in FL!

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