Vanilla Wafers

"I don't know why these cookies are so delicious. They don't have any exciting ingredients, just a lot of butter. The recipe comes from my Williams and Sonoma "Essentials of Baking" cookbook. I don't typically like "dry" or "sandy" cookies, but in this case, I can't keep my hands off them."
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Ready In:
3hrs 10mins
65 cookies




  • In a stand mixer, combine the butter, sugar, and salt. Beat on medium speed until smooth.
  • Add the egg yolks and vanilla and beat on low speed until blended.
  • Add the flour and mix until incorporated and a smooth dough forms.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a log 7 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap the logs in plastic and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Position a rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut each unwrapped log crosswise into slices 1/4 inch thick. Place the cookies 1 inch apart on the baking sheets.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes until the edges and bottoms are golden. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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  1. Kcps96
    The country where I moved to doesn't sell vanilla wafers, so any time I want to make a banana pudding I have to make my own vanilla wafers. These are very good. I bake and use them as I would store-bought vanilla wafers. My youngest son loves them on their own as a snack and I like the fact that living here doesn't stop me from making my favorite dessert. :)
  2. mamapantalones
    These cookies are fabulous!! My two year old and I are devouring them today!! I LOVE that there are 4 rolls to refrigerate. I baked off 2 today and froze the other 2 for another day :) I also added one packet of Oetker's Vanilla Sugar to the dough.
  3. Marie Nixon
    Very easy to put together and the taste is terrific.
  4. twissis
    Like another reviewer, I live where we can't find traditional Vanilla Wafers & I learned to live w/it til I needed 2 1/4 cups of crumbs for another recipe. I added green food coloring cuz I wanted the color & used too much. It was pretty ugly & sat in the fridge for 2 dys B4 I decided to live w/the result & bake it. I only needed crumbs, so I took no spec care. I rolled the dough between 2 sheets of parch paper, removed the top one & baked it 15 min. Fresh from the oven, I folded the parch paper sides toward the center & the hot dough collapsed to a mound of coarse crumbs. I dumped the lot into a bowl & easily crushed them into the finest cookie crumbs I'd ever seen. The dough isn't too sweet (tasty raw & cooked). I didn't take a pic as my version is far from visually classic for the recipe. IMO your recipe is clearly indestructible & in our house we call that twissis-proof. That's my story, it's the truth & I'm sticking to it. Thx for posting this recipe. :-)


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