To my mother's credit, she never bought us many pre-packaged sweets....well, almost never. Usually, if we were going to have things like cookies, we made them together, but Nilla Wafers were something I only experienced at Sunday school. I vividly remember sneaking extra handfuls of them off the snack table to take home with me and eat in private. They were soft inside with a slightly chewy bite and tons of sugary vanilla flavor -- oh, so yummy.
Why can't pre-packaged cookies be better for us!? That lament is one of the reasons why I love trying to figure out how to make healthier, homemade versions of pre-packaged products. The treats of my childhood are wrapped up with so many wonderful memories I want to share them all with my own kids -- just without all the preservatives and artificial flavors.
While you may think that a Vanilla Wafer would be complicated to make in your kitchen, my take on it is easy. After many blunders trying to perfect a homemade recipe, I eventually arrived at this version which tastes as good as, if not better than, the ones I remember. Kenya and Chloe have never tried the box kind, but give them a small handful of these cookies and a tall glass of milk and I don't think they're missing a darn thing!
Vanilla Wafers (Makes about 4 dozen)
- 1 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Place the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and combine.
3. Place the butter and sugar in a standing mixer (or bowl using a hand mixer) and cream for 3-4 minutes until the butter is light and fluffy.
4. Add the vanilla extract and egg and mix for another minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.
5. Add the flour mixture and mix until combined.
6. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
7. Roll 1 tsp of dough into a ball, about 1 inch, and place on a parchment or Silpat-lined baking sheet.
8. Flatten each ball into a disk then bake for 15 minutes.
9. Cool and serve.