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vanilla wafers

Vanilla Wafers Recipe

Vanilla Wafers are the homemade version of Nilla Wafers or otherwise called classic vanilla cookies. They are crisp, buttery, and very easy to make, so much better than the store-bought version.
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Vanilla Cookies, Vanilla Wafers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill: 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 60 wafer
Calories 34kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, powdered sugar, and granulated sugar on medium speed, until light and fluffy. This may take 2-3 minutes, make sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Add the egg, vanilla, and milk and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 30 seconds to 1 minutes.
  • Next, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat just until combined.
  • Cover the bowl with parchment paper and chill it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Scoop 1/2 teaspoon-sized dollops of batter 1 inch apart onto the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway, the cookies should be lightly golden brown.
  • Cool completely before serving.



Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg