How to make vanilla wafer cookies

Updated November 21, 2016

Vanilla wafer cookies are simple to make and delicious when eaten on their own, and just as good when used in different desserts. Banana pudding is often made by layering banana pudding, vanilla wafer cracker and whipped cream. You can also grind the wafer cookies into crumbs and combine with melted butter for a crumbly pie or cheesecake crust. This recipe is easy and yields about 70 cookies, plenty for snacking and cooking.

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Place your oven racks with one in the top third and the other in the bottom third. This allows for even baking.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

Place the butter and vanilla sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Cream for two minutes. Add the egg. Mix until thoroughly combined. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides using a rubber spatula. Turn the mixer back on low and add the vanilla and whole milk. Gently add in the flour mixture. Combine. Chill for 10 minutes.

Line each baking tray with parchment paper. Scoop your dough using a teaspoon onto the baking trays. You should end up with 35 cookies on each baking tray.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Halfway through cooking, rotate the baking trays from top to bottom. Allow your cookies to cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.


Use the teaspoon to measure out the dough. Doing so allows each cookie to have the same cooking time.

Things You'll Need

  • 200g (7 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 120g (4 ounces) room temperature butter
  • 100g (3 1/2) vanilla sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • Baking trays
  • Parchment paper
  • Wire cooling racks
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