Homemade Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Homemade Vanilla Wafer Cookie recipe | It takes just seven ingredients to prepare classic vanilla wafer cookies in your own kitchen. Try this family favorite today!

Every now and then my husband asks me to pick up some vanilla wafer cookies from the grocery store. I’m always hesitant to purchase a product I can make myself, but I’ve never thought I could recreate the texture and flavor of vanilla wafer cookies at home. Despite my doubts, I gave it a try this past weekend. The result was surprisingly good.


(Based off of this recipe.)

  • 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


Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Scoop the dough up by the teaspoonful and roll into balls. Place the balls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

Homemade Vanilla Wafer Cookies ready to bake

Homemade Vanilla Wafer Cookies fresh from oven

Homemade Vanilla Wafer Cookies | It takes just seven ingredients to prepare classic vanilla wafer cookies in your own kitchen. Try this family favorite today!


These cookies certainly aren’t a precise replication of commercially available vanilla wafer cookies, but they do have some similarities. They have a rich vanilla flavor and are on the crisp side. They differ in that the centers remain a little chewy and they aren’t uniform in size and shape.

Personally, I like soft cookies, so I enjoyed these more than any vanilla wafer I’ve pulled from a box! My husband enjoyed them, too. In addition to their flavor, I love that they take so few ingredients to prepare!

Have you ever tried to replicate cookies you typically purchase in a store? How did they turn out?

Shared on the following link-ups:

Tuesday Talk, One Project at a Time, Frugal Crafty Home, Weekend Potluck, Creativity Unleashed, Thriving Thursday, Whatever Goes Wednesday, WholeHearted Wednesday & Works for Me Wednesday.


  1. Doesn’t matter if they’re not exact, I’d eat ’em! Pinned!

  2. These sound so good. I love Vanilla Wafers, but I also prefer soft and chewy cookies. Can’t wait to try these. And I pinned them! 🙂

  3. You just made my day. I love Nilla Wafers as a favorite treat, so I will definitely be making your recipe. Stopping by from Someday Crafts Party. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  4. I am SO happy to see this recipe…and will try them soon. I <3 copycating! ;-} Thanks so very much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. I'm sharing this at my FB page too. Blessings!

  5. I never made my own Nilla Wafers. Who knew how easy it would be. They look delicious.

  6. Hello from Tuesday Talk’s Cookie Swap… okay, simplicity. That is what I love about his recipe. Simple ingredients and I can just taste the vanilla. So adding this to the recipe file. Thanks for sharing your goodie with us. Pinning to our Tuesday Talk board too.

    • Hi Michelle,
      Yes, they are simple to make. The flavor isn’t super sophisticated, either, but that’s the beauty of vanilla wafers–simple but rich flavor. 🙂

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