Vanilla Wafer Cookies Recipe
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Vanilla Wafer Cookies Recipe

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These buttery cookies bake up chewy and crispy at the same time. Sprinkle with colored sugar or leave them as-is. Their simplicity is beauty enough! —Edith MacBeath, Gaines, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 109 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Vanilla Wafer Cookies in Taste of Home August/September 1997, p17

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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speek User ID: 4715527 257513
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"Very good cookie. I flattened it out and upon removal from the oven added a Andes mint. When the Andes started to melt, I added a whole pecan. Scrumptious!"

LindasPrincess User ID: 7678020 257506
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"Silvercandle2: add colored sugar/sprinkles before baking. You will have to flatten out the cookie a little so you have more decoration coverage. Watch your baking time if you flatten the cookies prior to baking. If you are going to use icing type of decoration, do that after baking and cookies are throughly cooled. If you DO decide that you would rather use the sugar sprinkles after baking, you will have to use a medium so that the sugar will 'stick'. I would recommend clear corn syrup brushed lightly on cookie, then add sugar."

silvercandle2 User ID: 4228191 257494
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"This might be a stupid question but when do you sprinkle the colored sugar on and will it stick to the cookie?"

angela32 User ID: 3084463 249946
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

"Wonderful! Perfect quick vanilla cookie. They are incredible in homemade banana pudding and with ice cream smooshed inside them for sandwiches!"

kimspacc User ID: 1340117 249610
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2016

"These taste good with just 3/4 cup of sugar as others have noted. They are quick and easy to make."

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 247913
Reviewed May. 6, 2016

"This is a very crisp and buttery cookie. That's perfectly shaped. It's a nice Choice for the Holidays. The taste is very similar to Pressed Cookies. One could certainly dress them up with a singular pecan half on top. Some Colored Sugar would make another nice topping. Dressed up or down its a very good cookie Jar Filler.

I reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup. Next time I'd like to try both Brown and white sugar.
Janie Taste of Home volunteer Field Editor."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 247813
Reviewed May. 3, 2016

"Wonderful, beautiful cookie! Quickly baked up beautiful round circle cookies- used smallest cookie scoop. Half pressed with sugar the other half glass pressed with cinnamon & sugar. Baked as directed for 11 min. Let them cool completely on cookie sheet. Very fragile when warm but perfect when cool. As a volunteer field editor with Taste of Home, I enjoy making classic recipes that can be put together quickly."

jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 238563
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"very easy to make! taste like a yummy sugar cookie!"

Donut Queen User ID: 6883809 221951
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"Although I used 1/2 cup white and 1/4 cup brown sugar, I still found them plenty sweet enough. Making these as written would be far too sweet for our liking. A solid 5 stars with less sugar. Will definitely be making these again!"

Kerrismom User ID: 6951724 48623
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"I found this recipe in my 1998 TOH Annual book and finally made it today. Wish I would have tried it years ago! Crunchy and chewy at the same time, these little cookies are packed with big butter and vanilla flavor. We love them!"

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