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A pile of homemade vanilla wafers, crisp and buttery.
How to Make Vanilla Wafers Recipe (Homemade Nilla Wafers)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins

Crisp, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth good, my Homemade Vanilla Wafers recipe, also known as Nilla Wafers are perfect on their own or in other desserts!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 100 wafers
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 1 stick (4oz/115g) butter, soft
  • 1 2/3 cup (7oz/191g) powdered sugar
  • 3 large (4oz/120g) egg whites , room temperature
  • 1 large egg , room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups (6oz/170g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (150oC). For this recipe, I did fan as there will be multiple trays in the oven and you will want them to bake evenly.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy and there are no lumps.

  3. Slowly add in the egg whites and mix until smooth. Add the remaining whole egg and mix until fully incorporated. If the mix curdles don't worry, just give it a good whisk to bring it back together.

  4. Once combined, add the flour, vanilla, and salt and mix until it just comes together. Do not overmix.

  5. The batter will be somewhat soft. Place batter in a piping bag fitted with a medium pastry tip. Pipe it in even mounds onto a cookie sheet (roughly 2 teaspoons). Keep cookies about 1 ½ inches apart as the batter will spread when baked.

  6. Place in oven and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until golden.

  7. Once cooled store in an airtight for up to 7 days. Use for a cookie crust or for a classic banana pudding.

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