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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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!"

bizlas User ID: 7454668 23249
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!!!"

MarissaKaye User ID: 7176871 76254
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>"

JennTats User ID: 7007311 47346
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!"

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