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Vanilla Wafer Cookies Recipe

Vanilla Wafer Cookies Recipe

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. 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, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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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."

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!"

Amber A User ID: 5274463 23248
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

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

HappyMomma4 User ID: 6619635 45805
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!" :)"

abnormalnorman User ID: 6613249 76021
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."

supersportgirl User ID: 4980393 19055
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!"

Chelly1985 User ID: 5707527 47259
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."

[email protected] User ID: 4441258 48621
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 !"

skyeyes User ID: 3152760 48619
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!"

skhunt13 User ID: 326 23223
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!"

elisa User ID: 1925350 15742
Reviewed May. 12, 2008

"Sooooo Simple, Soooo Delicious!"

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