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Vanilla Wafer Cookies Recipe

Vanilla Wafer Cookies Recipe

Vanilla Wafer Cookies are chewy and irresistible, comments Edith MacBeath of Gaines, Pennsylvania. They're a wonderful way to round out a penny-pinching menu.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Vanilla Wafer Cookies

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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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

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

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!"

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!"

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"Wonderful! I just made these with my 3 year old son and they are delicious! Vanilla Wafers are his favorite snack and I am so glad to have found this recipe so he can enjoy them homemade!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"<p>I am craving banana pudding but did not have vanilla wafers handy. Instead of using expensive gasoline to run to the grocery store, I found this recipe and it seemed simple to make. I followed the directions and they are excellent and as easy as it sounds. The picture shows thin cookies. I used my palms and made round balls and placed on the baking sheet lined with silicon liner. They came out more rounded, light on top and brown on bottom. Once they cool, they are crisp with a slightly soft center. Delicious!</p>"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"I make these cookies at least once a month for my 92 year old client. A few years ago I found out the store bought vanilla wafers were his favorite cookie so I used this recipe and made him some. Once he tasted these he never bought another box again!"

Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"There very good rolled in suger and with a glass of milk."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012

"I have been making these little cookies since they were first published back in 1997. They quickly became one of my then, two year old son's favorite treats! They will always hold a sweet memory for me; as my boy would say, "Momma I need one for both hands!" :)"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

"recipe said 3 1/2 dz. cookies. man was that wrong. got about 8 1/2 dz. . but i can see way you said 3 1/2 .that's about what i had left when i turn off the oven . thanhs, will keep coming back. billy norman aka abnormalnorman."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"I love how I always have these ingredients in my cupboard! I never yield 3 1/2 dozen out of this recipe though....maybe i make the drops too big :) Great tasting, soft, moist cookies!"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"I used to make these when I was about 12 or 13. I found the recipe in my grandmothers Taste of Home Mag. and lost the recipe while moving, I can't wait to make them again."

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"very easy to make, ingredients that i already have on hand, and my husband who isn't a big sweet eater was fighting me over these !"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2010

"My husband and his coworkers are short-haul truckers and they enjoy snacks that are "driver-friendly" and easy to eat. I sent a triple batch of these as a change of pace, instead of the usual cookie jar favorites (CC, PB, Oatmeal Raisin). These vanilla wafer cookies were a hit! I will put this recipe in my "keeper" file and make these often. Thank you, Edith MacBeath, for sharing this recipe!"

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"I have been making these for years and they just disappear. I recently discovered that to make chocolate ones, just add 1/3 cup of dutched process cocoa and it makes brownie-like cookies. don't cook longer than 10 minutes, though! Thanks for a fabulous recipe!"

Reviewed May. 12, 2008

"Sooooo Simple, Soooo Delicious!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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