Homemade Nilla Wafers

Nilla Wafers

I haven’t had a nilla wafer since 2006.. so it was about time to make some.

Nilla Wafers

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 the oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

Next, add in the flour, salt and baking powder and stir to combine.

The original recipe called for putting the dough in a pastry bag to pipe the dough. But I don’t have a pastry bag.. and the dough was too thick for a homemade ziploc pastry bag. So I ended up rolling small balls of dough, which worked great! You want the cookie to be pretty small, about the size of a dime.


The cookies will spread out, but only a little space is needed between them.

Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until cookies are a light golden brown. But the baking time will vary depending on the exact size of your cookies. Remember you want cracker like cookies!


This recipe makes a lot of little wafers, be forewarned! Also, if you are expecting these to taste like the boxed nilla wafers.. you might be well buy the pre-packaged ones (unless, you’re like me and got “the gluten” haha, as some people say). They are still delicious, but next time I will cut down the amount of sugar.

Adapted from Baking Bites

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41 Responses to “Homemade Nilla Wafers”

  1. ingrid@nowathomemom — April 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Your cookies look beautiful and delicious Beth! :-) the recipe looks easy to do and I might give it a try next weekend! As for being self-hosted, I know what you must have gone through, I did mine back last October and it was NOT FUN! I was about to throw my computer away! ;-) Hope you will have a great week and happy you are enjoying all the fun options self-hosting permits you to have now! :-)

  2. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — April 15, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Oh, I remember the nightmare of switching all too well. Thank goodness I had someone else do everything or I would have gone crazy!!! Your cookies look awesome btw!

    • The First Year Blog — April 15, 2013 at 9:58 am

      If only I had someone to do it for me!!
      Thanks Jocelyn!

  3. Jess — April 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    These look amazing!!

    Thanks for joining the Blog Hop this week! :)

  4. lisa@cookingwithcurls — April 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Those look awesome! I have never even thought about making them from scratch ;) I am so glad I started with a self-hosted site, it does not sound like fun switching over. Have a great day, Lisa

    • The First Year Blog — April 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      You must have been thinking ahead when you made your blog!! :-)

  5. Cynthia L. — April 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Congrats on your migration! Loe your header and your photo!

    I am so glad you linked up the vanilla wafter recipe. I have never thought about making these, but I am sure they are so much better than store purchased cookies!

    Thanks for linking this recipe to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party! I am always excited to see what your bring!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

  6. Krista Low — April 16, 2013 at 9:05 am

    These look so wonderful. Vanilla wafers are so great for so many reasons! I would love for you to share this on Thursday @ Great Idea Thursday’s http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com :) Krista

    • The First Year Blog — April 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

      I will stop over Krista!

  7. Cheryl@ Sew Can Do — April 16, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Am definitely going to need to make these. I haven’t had a Nilla Wafer in ages either. Pinning this one! Thanks for sharing & linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

    • The First Year Blog — April 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Thanks for coming over!! :-)

  8. Crystelle Boutique — April 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. My husband really likes Vanilla wafers, but I think they are kinda expensive… So this will be much better….!!!
    Wishing you a superb Tuesday… :)

    hugs x

    Crystelle Boutique

  9. Marilyn — April 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    OMG these look absolutely amazing!

  10. Love this!

    • The First Year Blog — April 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks friend!!

  11. Jeni — April 17, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Yummy! I love nilla wafers, but I have never homemade ones!

    • The First Year Blog — April 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Maybe something to add to your to-do list!! :-)

  12. Alexis AKA MOM — April 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

    My husb loves those cookies I will have to try to make them. I love they don’t spread to much so you can do that many together.

    Stopping by from Ducks ‘n a Row. Alexis from Running Away? I’ll Help You Pack!

    • The First Year Blog — April 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      I like that too Alexis, you can fit more on 1 pan!!

  13. Jenna — April 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Would have never thought you could make these at home! Yum! Thanks for sharing! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 5 Blogs! http://www.rainonatinroof.com/2013/04/give-me-goods-monday-link-party-4.html
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    • The First Year Blog — April 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Love parties that are shared on many blogs! I’ll be there!

  14. My OCD is going to love portioning out this batter! Pinning to try later.

  15. Megan @ megbakes — April 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I love how many cookies you got on one sheet. I bet these are great!

    • The First Year Blog — April 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      There is so much goodness in these itty bitty bites!

  16. Melissa — April 19, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Hi Beth. Thank you so much for sharing these cookies. My daughter loves vanilla wafers. I may have to surprise her with this recipe. :0) Our Simply Create Link party is going on right now. I would love to have you link up, as I’m sure my followers would love to see this recipe too. Hope to see you soon!


    • The First Year Blog — April 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      Heading to check it out!!

  17. Nicole — April 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I am going to have to try this out! I love homemade so this will be on my to do list! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully want to follow me back! Have a great weekend, Nicole!

    • The First Year Blog — April 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Of course I want to follow you back! Heading over now!

  18. Marlys @Thisand That — April 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Just realize I wasn’t following your blog… am now on bloglovin and also on google +. I have never thought of making my own nilla wafers. These look wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Foodie friends Friday and I hope that you will join us again next week.

  19. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime — April 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    MmmMm – are they really this easy? Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  20. Tori — April 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Beth!! These look great:) I am featuring you tomorrow on Tell Me Tuesday! Have a great week!! :) Tori

    • The First Year Blog — April 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Love it Tori!

  21. Melissa — April 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm


    Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I featured your Nila Wafers today! Have a great week. :0)


    • The First Year Blog — April 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Oh, what a great surprise! Thank you!

  22. Diana Rambles — April 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

    These look fantastic!! Probably very tasty!


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