I am never buying vanilla wafers from the store again! These were so easy to make and they taste so much better. Rowan and Jonas both love vanilla wafers so when I found this recipe in Mema’s collection I had to try it out. It’s from a newspaper clipping but unfortunately the clipping doesn’t have the newspaper’s name or any dates on it. It is from a column called ‘Common Sense Cooking’ by Ruth McDaniel. She says in her column that this recipe came from one of her readers (no name is given).
Note: we didn’t use cookie cutters; I rolled the dough into balls and flattened on the cookie sheet. We also didn’t sprinkle with any kind of colored sugar or decorations. I wanted a more traditional vanilla wafer.
1/2 c. margarine or butter
1 c. sugar
2 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg (for painting cookies)
1 tsp. salt
2 T. milk (optional)
Beat together thoroughly in mixing bowl the butter/margarine, vanilla, sugar, & 2 eggs. Mix together flour, baking powder, & salt. Add alternately to egg mixture with milk (if using) until well blended, finally kneading with hands until smooth. Dough should be stiff. Chill until firm. Roll out on a lightly floured board about 1/8″ thick. Cut with cookie cutter and place on greased cookie sheet. Beat the other egg well with fork and using pastry brush, paint egg over cookies. Sprinkle with colored sugar and other decorations before baking and they come from the oven decorated. Bake in 375 to 400 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes about 75 cookies.
I posted a comment but wanted to make sure people see this… these cookies ended up fairly soft, not crunchy like store bought vanilla wafers. I actually prefer them softer!