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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sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 268213
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2017

"They didn't really taste like nilla wafers to me, but still hit the spot & were delicious!"

robbiejackson User ID: 4907377 258315
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2016

"Yum, really enjoyed these! Love the simple ingredients and flavor, so good! Sometimes less is more. ?? Hubby loved them too and he's a real chocolate kind of guy. Thanks for sharing!"

quaintcook User ID: 6329556 258092
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2016 Edited Dec. 17, 2016

"A flat disappointment. They ran together and were gooey in the center and crisp on the edges. Also, too sweet for my taste. But my husband liked them."

keely27 User ID: 4249986 257708
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2016

"Very easy to make, butter and vanilla stand out since there are so few ingredients"

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."

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