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
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.