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!
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Vanilla wafers are delicious, but other than when eating banana pudding I’d never really given them much thought.
But I wondered… how hard could they really be to bake up fresh instead of buying a box at the store?
As it turns out, not hard at all!
Rethinking Buying Vanilla Wafers
On top of keeping our Homestead on a pretty tight budget, I’m an eco-girl. I try to reduce trash coming into our home whenever possible. PREcycling, bebe!
I want vanilla wafer cookies that would are easy and delicious enough to add to this website. (which I admit, I fully use as my own online cookbook, y’all!)
You can see all our favorite desserts by clicking on the button below:
But for now, back to those cookies.
A NON-Finicky Vanilla Wafer Recipe
Some vanilla wafer recipes seem 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.
This is a basic vanilla wafer cookie recipe with simple ingredients.
Simple Vanilla Wafer Cookie Ingredients
The ingredients for these vanilla wafer cookies are straightforward:
All purpose flour,
How To Make Vanilla Wafer Cookie Batter
Making these homemade vanilla wafer cookies is easy:
Cream softened butter and sugar
Add vanilla extract and 1 egg, blending again.
In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.
Lightly fold the two mixtures together.
I folded it all together just until it was blended. In mere minutes it was time to make cookies!
Homemade Vanilla Wafer Cookie Characteristics
These vanilla wafers baked up differently than the high-dome & harder traditional vanilla wafers.
These homemade vanilla wafers were:
Sweet chewy texture
RancherMan was fond of the texture difference between these and the harder traditional vanilla wafers.
And the larger cookie worked in my favor for my banana pudding dessert, as well as having some standard-sized cookies for snacking later.
I’m always pleased with these vanilla wafer cookies. They’re simple, fast to bake and delicious. That’s why they’re included here in what I lovingly refer to as my
Texas Homesteader ‘online cookbook’.
Can You Use A Cookie Scoop For Vanilla Wafer Cookies?
You can use a measuring spoon to measure the cookie dough. But a *Cookie Scoop is the easiest way to measure.
I used the smallest cookie scoop I had, I believe it measured about a tablespoon of batter for each cookie. The resulting cookies were larger than the vanilla wafers I’d always purchased in the store – about 2” across.
You want to try to get them about 2” apart from each other because they will spread as they bake. It took me two baking sheets to hold all the cookies.
I suppose you could use a teaspoon to measure out an even smaller amount of cookie dough for each cookie instead of my tablespoon-sized scoop if desired.
How Many Vanilla Wafer Cookies In The Recipe?
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.
Using Larger Vanilla Wafer Cookies
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.
When I served 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!
Did you make these Vanilla Wafer Cookies? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!
Simple Vanilla Wafer Cookies
- 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
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
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.
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
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!)
Bake in the preheated oven until edges of cookies are golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes. Cool cookies on wire racks.
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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- Healthier Banana Bread Recipe
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- (make your own homemade Vanilla Wafers too!)
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