Saturday, February 25, 2012

Homemade Vanilla Wafers

Homemade vanilla wafers...that actually taste like vanilla wafers.

I was skeptical guys. These copycat recipes just don't seem to taste like the original. They might be good, but they're not like the original.

Well y'all, these are light, crispy, vanilla-y, and delicious. No, they are not exactly like the original- they're better actually. Fresher, with a light, crispy texture instead of a heavy crunch. And, it's easy. No rolling out of dough, no fancy schmancy ingredients. Good ol' homey goodness- perfect for banana pudding, cookie crusts, and of course, dunking in milk. I recommend giving these a try.

Homemade Vanilla Wafers slightly adapted from Alton Brown
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
4 teaspoons vanilla extract (yep, 4)
1 tablespoon milk or cream
scant 1/2 teaspoon salt (don't decrease)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1) Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, beat your butter on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add sugar and continue to beat for another two minutes, until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and milk and beat for another minute.

2) Sift together salt, baking powder, and flour. Add to the butter mixture and mix on low until incorporated. Refrigerate for about 10-20 minutes. Form teaspoon-sized balls, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet (about 35 per sheet). Press each ball of dough down with your thumb- just to flatten them a little. Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes, until lightly golden. Cool on a wire rack. 


  1. These look and sound great! Will have to try soon - I think I have all the stuff.

  2. I'm on a kick right now of making homemade out of classic "store-bought" cookies, so this is perfect timing. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  3. I love wafers! This will be nice with banana ice cream :]

  4. I adore vanilla wafers- these look even better than the real thing!

  5. For someone like me who adores homemade everything, stumbling upon a recipe like this is like hitting a gold mine. I am so excited to try this out. Thanks for the post.

  6. These were delicious!!! We followed the recipe, only change was adding a little lemon juice and using half & half instead ofOur new favorite little snack!

  7. Really good recipe. I'll be making these again. Thank you for sharing.