homemade vanilla wafers

vanilla wafer recipe

These vanilla wafer style cookies are super quick and easy to make and almost impossible to mess up! I promise. As someone who habitually measures badly, overmixes, and gets distracted while making cookies, you can believe me. I have a very short list of perfect cookie recipes, and this is one of them. These cookies are serious damn business.


When it comes to baking, I really need a recipe to be simple and really tasty for me to make it again, and this is one I’ve made quite a few times now.

vanilla wafer recipe


  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted (4 tablespoons)
  • 2 egg yolks

You’ll also want to get out a couple baking sheets and some parchment paper. 😀


  1. preheat the oven to 350 F
  2. sift the flour into a bowl and set aside
  3. in a large bowl, combine the vanilla, baking powder, salt and sugar by whisking
  4. add in the melted butter and whisk again until nice and smooth
  5. add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each
  6. dump the flour in and mix until just combined – make sure you have no dry spots left!

vanilla wafer recipeUse a teaspoon to portion out the dough – roll it into balls between your hands and then flatten the balls lightly with your palms. You can fit a ton of them on a baking sheet because they hardly spread. 🙂

Bake them for 12 minutes, or until nice and golden around the edges. This recipe will make between 30-40 cookies.

Try to eat them all before anyone else shows up and realizes you’re made cookies. They go quick!

(You can also make cake-y cookies by leaving them in round balls and baking for 10 minutes or so. They’re good but totally different from the flattened ones!)


  1. Jeane' Ridges May 9, 2015

    Just made these. Will flatten more next time, but they were amazing. Mine didn’t get golden brown around the edges, but they were done after 12 minutes. Inserted a chocolate chip in each while they were still hot to add a little something extra.

  2. Kim May 16, 2015

    Delicious! Will never by Nilla wafers again!

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  4. Tina August 16, 2015

    These are considered dairy free as there is no milk ?

    • xmasbeba October 17, 2015

      Tina they have butter, so no they are not dairy free. Try substituting the butter with palm oil or coconut oil and then it will be dairy free.

  5. jay September 2, 2016

    I just made this and it was easy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Kalani September 19, 2016

    This recipe is delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, however, my cookies never flattened or got brown around the edges like the picture shows. Any tips or tricks??

    • Lauren May 20, 2017

      Use very little dough and flatten them to paper thin

  7. Sam Prest. March 6, 2017

    This is the same recipe as the sugar cookie recipe I live by. That explains why I can sit and eat all the sugar cookies when I make them.

  8. gogich June 3, 2017

    Hello hello! Just made them – amazing. 🙂 Thank you!

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  10. Purple June 24, 2017

    Let me tell you one thing.
    These cookies are SERIOUSLY forgiving!
    I basically messed up everything about the process, put the four with the eggs straight off, didn’t have butter so I used palm oil and even used a gluten free flour and they still turned out alright.
    I used them as a base for another desert out of egg white and they held up very nicely.
    Warmly recommend it. I’m gonna make them again, this time by instruction.
    Thank you for the recipe! 😀

  11. Leah Hernandez July 9, 2017

    How long will these keep in a glass jar on shelf I know store stuff has preservatives. I made them last night amazing. Only problem is I ate to many and now don’t have enough for my banana pudding lol

  12. Christy Sanchez November 18, 2017

    how can i make this without eggs? thanks


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