Mini Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Mini Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Nilla Wafers are good cookies, if a bit on the boring side because they are so plain, and I always enjoyed eating them when I was little. After trying the Trader Joe’s Vanilla Wafers, cookies meant to be a gourmet version of the classic wafer cookies because they are loaded with lots of vanilla bean, I knew that I wanted to make a version myself. I wanted to get a good flavor and to keep their kid-friendly appeal, as that is what drew me to the cookies initially.

I ended up making miniature vanilla wafers. They’re crispy, have a good vanilla flavor and are ridiculously addictive. Their addictivenes comes from the fact that you can literally eat them by the handful. Each cookie is no larger than a dime in diameter! I made them by scraping the cookie dough into a pastry bag with a plain tip and piping the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, making each cookie the size and shape of a large chocolate chip. Over 100 cookies fit onto each baking sheet and I ended up with a total of almost 400 little cookies!

The hardest thing about getting this cookie recipe right was the coloring of the finished cookies. If baked at too high a temperature, they over-browned and ended up with the same kind of dark ring around the edge (butter and caramelized sugar) that the TJs cookies have. If baked at too low a temperature, they either didn’t crisp up properly or didn’t brown at all. The classic Nilla Wafers have a nice golden brown color to them, so to make sure the cookies turn out right, look for your cookies to be a golden color when you take them out of the oven.

Since the cookies are so small, any variation in size will mean a change in baking time. If yours end up smaller than mine, you might need to take them out a minute early. If yours are larger than mine, they might need extra time. Watch the timer on the first batch and try to keep the sizes of all your cookies as equal as possible. Also, try to use a real pastry bag to pipe out the dough instead of a plastic bag. The pastry bag is much stronger and will hold up better to piping all that thick dough.

Mini Vanilla Wafer Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
Sift flour, salt and baking powder over the butter mixture and stir to combine. Scrap dough into a pastry bag fitted with a plain piping tip.
Pipe the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, making each cookie the size of a large chocolate chip. Cookies will spread, but only a little space is needed between cookies.
Bake at 325 F for 10 to 15 minutes, until cookies are a light golden brown. Baking time will vary depending on the exact size of your cookies. Mine were a bit tall, but slightly smaller than a dime. They spread slightly to about dime-size.
Cool on baking sheets.
Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 385 mini cookies (32-dozen)

Makes about 385 cookies (or 285?)

36 comments

  1. Ah! These look so simple and delicious. And I have all the ingredients at home! Great recipe :)

  2. Oh goodness. I can’t wait to try making these. They look like they’d be great as sandwich cookies–with a chocolate ganache filling or something. Thanks for this post, it got me so excited I came out of lurking to finally leave a reply on your awesome, yummy blog!

  3. I never thought to make these myself. Great idea. I enjoyed your site.

  4. I’ve been looking for a Nilla Wafer recipe–thank you! Can’t wait to try this.

  5. I tried these last night and they came out great. I used a plastic bag because I don’t have a real pastry bag, but I didn’t have problems. These are great with ice cream!

  6. Yummy! I love this wafer. I’ll take down the recipe and ask my girlfriend to make this for me. even better, i will make it together with her :) Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I made these for my book club…and sandwiched nutella between 2 wee cookies. It was spectacular. Thank you for the recipe!

  8. I will try these! I love Trader Joe’s as a store, but I found their take on vanilla wafers a little cloying and underdone. I love classic Nillas because of their crisp, golden brown, not-to-sweet character. I want to have a recipe to make them from scratch to go into the banana pudding I occasionally make, especially when the Nillas will require a trip to the store at rush hour.

  9. i loved these little angels :) i added instant oatmeal to them and they turned out lovely! soft and just the right amount of sweetness.

  10. i made another batch again today! and i ate them all by myself

  11. Very nice,we maka all the time and the kids love them.

  12. Hi! I wanted to make Vanilla Wafers so I searched online and found your recipe. They turned out perfectly! I posted the results on my blog. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Lisa @ joyincooking.blogspot.com

  13. YUM! I’ll be truing these out as soon as I get home.

  14. Breadbakinggirl

    Oooh!! Yummy!! I am going to try those today!! Thank you for posting this!

  15. Do these have the same taste as regular nilla wafers? Is the texture the same?

  16. OH, MY GIDDY AUNT!!! These are absolutely fantastic! I don’t think I will ever be buying vanilla wafers from the store again! I managed to keep enough out of the kids’ mouths…okay, mine too, so that I can make a banana pudding. Thanks a bunch for posting this recipe!!!!

  17. I actually used these to make mini hamburger cookies. They were a hit! Two cookies (buns)- sliced marshmellow (mayo), Nutella (meat), coconut with green food coloring (lettuce) and half a marichino cherry (tomato). Put a tootpick through the center! I used some of the dough to make cookie strips that looked like french fries. Too cute!

  18. Wow..Just Wow… I got the recipe that was linked to a banana pudding recipe and these were delicious, changed out the egg for 1/2 banana that works really well for banana pudding cupcakes… delicious..

  19. anyone ever tried these using splenda and splenda brown sugar???

  20. hello.i made these today.i saw the cookies at half the time and they were puffy,but when they came out of the oven they were flat and with a lot of holes. was the temperature of my oven too high maybe?

  21. and i got 60 cookies,not even 100.

  22. Oh my goodness, made these today and my family was eating them as quickly as they cooled off!! They are delicous and mine were dime size. Wish I could say how many I yielded, but the boys in this house made that impossible!! Thanks for the recipe.

  23. Just made these. I used a small tsp scoop so they came out more like regular size wafers and required about 17 min in the oven. While they are very tasty I can’t say they taste like a classic Nilla wafer. That flavor must come from chemical additives! Lol However, I’m sure my little ones won’t be able to taste a difference. Thanks for the recipe, it was fun to give it a whirl!

  24. Hi, your recipe looks very yummy. What should I add if I want them in chocolate?

  25. Ah, the Nilla Wafer – brings back memories. I’ll have to give these a try. :)

  26. Can these be frozen? Just wanting to know if I can out a couple small bags in the freezer and pull out a bag to use as snacks in the diaper bag.

  27. Going to try these gluten free. Would make the perfect snack!

  28. I just made these. They are delicious! However, if you want to make 300 and some cookies like the recipe states, you’ll need to triple or even quadruple the recipe. I can’t even believe it says it makes that many. Not even close. Again though, the recipe itself is delicious!

  29. I was going to make watermelon bars which required a 12oz box of vanilla wafers. I was about to run to the store when I found this recipe on Pinterest! They were delicious! Thank you!

  30. Holy cow these are so yummy! And so so easy! I got about 500 cookies so I must have made them smaller than yours…about chocolate chip size. Thank you thank you! These are a perfect little snack!

  31. I’m hoping to make these so I can make bourbon balls without nasty boxed cookies. Thnx for the recipe! :)

  32. Btw, I made these with 1/2 c sucanat (no other sweetener) & they are plenty sweet! :) And white whole wheat pastry flour. Yummy!

  33. Just made my first batch of these cookies, I have never had a biscuit so easy to make and rewarding to eat!!!! So delicious! I ran out of vanilla extract so used orange extract in its place and I can not stop eating them! I have just found my new go to cookie recipe. Their crisp and sweet and sooo addictive! I can see me eating more than my fair share of these! Thank you for sharing this recipe. 😀🍪

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