Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Vanilla Wafers

You won’t be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  Homemade Vanilla Wafers in chocolate and vanilla. Why choose… try them both!

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I can remember eating Nilla wafers from the yellow box since I was a kid. I don’t know what it is about them, but they are addicting! When I was pregnant with both Julia and William I would often snack on a few Nilla wafers, with a spread of peanut butter on each one. (If you’ve never tried that, you must. Sooo good.) Since Julia saw me eating Nilla wafers while pregnant with William, she of course tried them and they quickly became a favorite of hers too.

I haven’t bought Nilla wafers from the store for a while, since they have some ingredients that I try to avoid. You can imagine my excitement when I came across a recipe for homemade vanilla wafers. A homemade, non-processed version of the treat that Julia and I both love? Perfect!

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Homemade Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Vanilla Wafers- You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  | Kristine's KitchenThe first recipe I found was for chocolate vanilla wafers. One afternoon after school I asked Julia if she wanted to help me make chocolate vanilla wafers. Was she ever excited. Rolling the dough into little balls is a perfect job for little hands. 🙂 When these came out of the oven and the two of us sat down with our chocolate vanilla wafers and a glass of milk, I knew I had a keeper of a recipe.

My natural next step was to search for a recipe for a vanilla cookie. These vanilla wafers are full of vanilla flavor and have pretty little specks of vanilla bean. Vanilla beans can be expensive, and I don’t use them in my chocolate vanilla wafers. (Although I’m sure that would be amazing. Let me know if you try it.) They are pretty essential to the vanilla cookies, though. I buy mine at Costco, and they have a great deal on high-quality vanilla beans. I know many people buy them on Amazon, too.

So which is our favorite- chocolate or vanilla? Julia prefers the chocolate. William gobbles up both. I can’t decide. Both are pretty irresistible, and I’m so glad to have a stash of these in my freezer. Yep, they freeze wonderfully, so you can always have these on hand for a little treat at lunch or snacktime.

Homemade Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Vanilla Wafers- You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  | Kristine's Kitchen

Vanilla Wafers

You won’t be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  Homemade Vanilla Wafers in chocolate and vanilla. Why choose… try them both!

Printable Recipes (vanilla and chocolate)

Makes about 5 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 7 ounces (1 ½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 ½ ounces (½ cup) granulated sugar or vanilla sugar*
  • Seeds scraped from ½ vanilla bean
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. whole milk

Directions:

  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place butter, sugar, and vanilla bean seeds in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the vanilla extract and milk and mix on low speed for 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just incorporated.
  3. Form the dough into a disk and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Scoop dough into teaspoon-sized portions and roll into smooth balls. Place on baking sheets and use the heel of your hand to slightly flatten each ball. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until just golden. Cool cookies for a few minutes on baking sheets and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

*You can make vanilla sugar with your extra vanilla bean pods. After you scrape the seeds from the vanilla beans (to use in this recipe or when making ice cream, etc.) save the empty pod and place it in a sealed container full of granulated sugar. After about a week, the sugar will have absorbed some of the vanilla bean flavor. If you use vanilla sugar in this recipe your vanilla wafers will have even more vanilla flavor!

Source: Adapted from Alton Brown, via Food Network.

 

Chocolate Vanilla Wafers

You won’t be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  Homemade Vanilla Wafers- chocolate or vanilla? Why choose… try them both!

Makes about 4 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 2.3 ounces (½ cup) all-purpose flour
  • 2 ounces (½ cup) white whole wheat flour
  • 0.8 ounces (¼ cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2.4 ounces (1/3 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Sift flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. With the mixer running on low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Form the dough into a disk and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  6. Scoop teaspoon-sized portions of dough and roll into balls. Place on baking sheets and flatten each ball slightly with the heel of your hand.
  7. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until set and dry to the touch. Cool for a few minutes on baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack.
  8. Cookies will keep for about 5 days at room temperature. These freeze wonderfully, too.

Source: Adapted from Weelicious Lunches, by Catherine McCord.

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