Homemade Vanilla Wafers, made with real ingredients like butter and milk.  Super-simple recipe, with a taste and texture that blows the boxed kind away!

Homemade Vanilla Wafers- so simple to make, and they taste even better than the original! Light, buttery, and full of fragrant vanilla, with a texture that almost melts in your mouth. food desserts cookies

Vanilla wafers are such a classic cookie, and they go so well with just about anything.  But have you ever thought about making your own, from scratch?

I have!  A lot actually.  Vanilla wafers were a huge favorite for my younger son when he was a toddler, and he still enjoys them to this day.

Homemade Vanilla Wafers- so simple to make, and they taste even better than the original! Light, buttery, and full of fragrant vanilla, with a texture that almost melts in your mouth. food desserts cookies

I’ll never forget when he was just a little guy, barely talking.  He would wake up in the morning, all tousled hair and rosy cheeks, and toddle straight to the kitchen, where he’d push a chair over to the counter, climb up, and reach for the box of vanilla wafers.  All the while repeating, “Googie.  Googie.  Googie.”  The first thing on his mind, from the moment he woke, was cookies.

I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  He’s got a mean sweet tooth, just like his mommy and dad.

Homemade Vanilla Wafers- so simple to make, and they taste even better than the original! Light, buttery, and full of fragrant vanilla, with a texture that almost melts in your mouth. food desserts cookies

I don’t mind indulging it from time to time, but I feel much better about that if I know that what he’s eating was made from wholesome ingredients.

I’ve tried a few different vanilla wafer recipes, but none of them tasted all that much like the original.  This one really nails it.  It’s got that same crunchy texture, but it’s not at all hard.  The cookies practically melt in your mouth, with a rich buttery and intensely fragrant vanilla flavor.

Best of all, the recipe is so simple.  Just a handful of basic ingredients in the mixer and you’ve got a big enough batch to make around 65 cookies.  Now that’s a lot of toddler snacks!

Homemade Vanilla Wafers- so simple to make, and they taste even better than the original! Light, buttery, and full of fragrant vanilla, with a texture that almost melts in your mouth. food desserts cookies

Got a cookie monster in your house too?  Make sure you’re following my “Cookie Recipes Galore” Pinterest board, for lots more awesome cookie recipes!


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Homemade Vanilla Wafers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Homemade Vanilla Wafers, made with real ingredients like butter and milk. Super-simple recipe, with a taste and texture that blows the boxed kind away!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies, Homemade, vanilla, vanilla wafers, wafers
Servings: 65 1 1/2-inch diameter cookies
Calories: 28 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the butter, powdered sugar, and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy (3 to 5 minutes).
  3. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then mix in the milk and vanilla until combined.
  4. Stir in the flour and salt, taking care not to overwork the dough.
  5. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a 1A tip.  Pipe 1-inch diameter circles onto the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottoms and around the edges.
  7. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Vanilla Wafers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 28 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Potassium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 0.9%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 0.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Homemade Vanilla Wafers, made with real ingredients like butter and milk. Super-simple recipe, with a taste and texture that blows the boxed kind away! food desserts cookies