Easiest Vanilla Wafer Cookie Recipe

By Texas Homesteader ~ 

Vanilla wafers. You know the ones, those small golden cookies that everyone uses when they make banana pudding. This vanilla wafer cookie recipe is simple and the cookies bake up fast. They’re lightly crisp and slightly chewy, and very buttery!This vanilla wafer cookie recipe is simple and the cookies bake up fast. They're lightly crisp and slightly chewy, and very buttery! #TexasHomesteader

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Vanilla wafers are delicious, but other than when eating banana pudding I’d never really given them much thought.

I’d invited my parents over to join us for supper. Dad loves when I make dessert so I almost always do when they join us for a meal. This time I’d decided to make banana pudding.

As I was making my grocery list for the meal, I paused when I added vanilla wafers to the list. I mean, how hard could they really be to bake up fresh? As it turns out, not hard at all!

Rethinking Buying Vanilla Wafers

Now I suppose that box of wafers wouldn’t cost much money. But on top of keeping our Homestead on a pretty tight budget, I’m an eco-girl. (and maybe more-so even!) I try to reduce trash coming into our home whenever possible. PREcycling, bebe!

And with these vanilla wafer cookies? Well I think I should put my money where my mouth is (see what I did there…???)

So I went searching online for a recipe. One that would be easy and delicious enough to add to this website. (which I admit, I full-on use as my own online cookbook, y’all!)

By the way, I’ve listed other favorite desserts at the bottom of this page, so be sure to check them out.

But for now, back to those cookies.

Searching For NON-Finicky Vanilla Wafer Recipe

The first few recipes I stumbled upon seemed a little, I dunno, fussy? Separated egg whites? Powdered sugar? Piping bags?

Oh no, that’s not the way I roll, y’all. I want something that tastes delicious but is still EASY in the kitchen. You too? Read on, dear friends.

In all my searching I found myself at a website I frequent often, allrecipes.com. There I found a basic vanilla wafer cookie recipe that had simple ingredients. That’s the one for me!

Simple Vanilla Wafer Cookie Ingredients

The ingredients for these vanilla wafer cookies are straightforward too:

      • Softened butter,

      • All purpose flour,

      • Granulated sugar,

      • One egg,

      • Baking powder,

      • Vanilla extract.

So in no time I was busy in the kitchen making those homemade vanilla wafers. I’m very happy to say it was super-duper easy!

How To Make Vanilla Wafer Cookie Batter

First I used my KitchenAid mixer to cream the softened butter and sugar together. Then I added the vanilla extract and the egg, blending again.

In a separate bowl I mixed the flour and baking powder and salt. Then I lightly folded the two mixtures together.

I folded it all together just until it was blended. In mere minutes it was time to make cookies!

Can You Use A Cookie Scoop For Vanilla Wafer Cookies?

A *Cookie Scoop is the easiest way to measure out cookie dough. And it absolutely works well with vanilla wafer cookies.

For forming these cookies I used my smallest cookie scoop I had, I believe it measured about a tablespoon of batter for each cookie.

It took me two baking sheets to hold all the cookies, and some cookies had to be placed close enough together on the baking sheet that they spread as they baked & ended up touching each other.

You want to try to get them about 2” apart from each other because they will spread as they bake. In my case, I’ll be using the few baked-together cookies for my taste-tester RancherMan. He doesn’t mind at all!

Using my approximately tablespoon-sized scoop, this recipe made 36 cookies. I’ll use some for my banana pudding and some will be crushed to sprinkle on top – just for looks. The rest will go for cookie treats for RancherMan & myself.

Vanilla Wafer Cookies Coming Out Of The Oven

As I was pulling the trays of cookies from the oven RancherMan, having the sweet tooth that he does, was hovering around the cooling racks.

He had to sneak one, you know, just to make sure they were ok.

Oh Yeah! He exclaimed. These are GOOD!

This vanilla wafer cookie recipe is simple and the cookies bake up fast. They're lightly crisp and slightly chewy, and very buttery! #TexasHomesteader

The resulting cookies were larger than the vanilla wafers I’d always purchased in the store – about 2” across. I suppose you could use a teaspoon to measure out the cookie dough instead of my tablespoon-sized scoop.

Using Larger Vanilla Wafer Cookies

But as it turned out, these larger cookies fit perfectly on the bottom of my wide-mouth half-pint jelly canning jar which I was using as dessert serving bowls.

This vanilla wafer cookie recipe is simple and the cookies bake up fast. They're lightly crisp and slightly chewy, and very buttery! #TexasHomesteader

When I served up my Homemade Banana Pudding I put a cookie on bottom, layered on sliced bananas, then added pudding to the top. I repeated that layer and then tilted a homemade vanilla wafer cookie on the edge.

Mama always says “presentation is half the meal”. And you know mama’s always right!

Homemade Vanilla Wafer Cookie Characteristics

These vanilla wafers baked up lightly crisp, but with a slight chewy texture too. RancherMan was fond of the texture difference between these and the harder traditional vanilla wafers.

And as I mentioned, the tablespoon scoop made the cookies larger than traditional vanilla wafers as well. And they spread more than the domed traditional vanilla wafers. This worked in my favor for my banana pudding dessert, as well as having some standard-sized cookies for snacking later.

You could really taste the vanilla and butter in these cookies. So delicious!

I was very pleased with these cookies. They were simple, fast to bake and delicious.

I’ll look no further. THIS is the vanilla wafer recipe I’ve decided to include here in what I lovingly refer to as my

Texas Homesteader online cookbook.

Did you make these Vanilla Wafer Cookies? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Homemade vanilla wafer cookie recipe. #TexasHomesteader
5 from 1 vote

Simple Vanilla Wafer Cookies

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 
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Keyword butter, cookies, vanilla, wafer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com



  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened (1 stick, or 4 oz)
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tblsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 ⅓ Cups All-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp Baking powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup room-temperature butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy; add 1 egg and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, mixing thoroughly.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine 1 ⅓ cups flour, ¾ teaspoon baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Then fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture, just until blended

  4. Use a small cookie scoop or drop cookies approximately 1 tablespoon at a time about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. (I needed two baking sheets for this recipe!)

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges of cookies are golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes. Cool cookies on wire racks.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Using my 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop netted 36 approximately 2" cookies from this recipe. You can use a smaller 1 teaspoon cookie scoop to get more numerous yet smaller vanilla wafer cookies.


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4 thoughts on “Easiest Vanilla Wafer Cookie Recipe

  1. Judith Barbiaux

    5 stars
    Sounds wonderful. Question: We just got back from Texas, and I bought some Mexican vanilla. Do you ever use it? I am a little leery about the ingredients but it says on the bottle: “…no cumarin”. Spelled phonetically, I guess.
    PS…thought of you when we were driving through NE Texas.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I do use Mexican vanilla and prefer it, Judith. When I was making a batch of vanilla extract a couple of years ago I discovered there was actually a Mexican vanilla bean, although it was more expensive than its Madagascar counterpart and more difficult to find so I never bought it. Mexican vanilla tastes distinctly different to me and if I have my way it’s the only vanilla I use, although I’ve found some Mexican vanilla can be more flavorful than others. The brand I look for is Danncy, it has a red rooster on the label and spells it ‘vainilla’. I’ve never heard of ‘cumarin’ so I looked it up. The definition I found was: “A fragrant crystalline compound, C9H6O2, present in tonka beans and produced synthetically for use as a fragrance. Coumarin has been banned as a food additive in the United States because it can be toxic in large amounts”. My current bottle of Mexican vanilla doesn’t mention cumarin in the ingredients, but I suppose if your bottle specifically says it doesn’t have a subject banned as a food additive it’s a good thing. ~TxH~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

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