So my mom is coming to visit in a few days and since I'm her favorite daughter and all, I'm already planning for her arrival. Okay well honestly, I'm her only daughter, but she loves to tell me I'm her favorite daughter. I like to take it as a compliment. It's a compliment, right?!
Anyways. I thought I would make her favorite cookie, homemade Vanilla Wafers. These cookies are seriously a game changer if you're used to eating the packaged kind from the store. Do yourself a favor and bake these the next time your mom comes to visit, you'll be her favorite too!
This recipe is relatively simple and the ingredient list is pretty basic, most items you probably already have on hand. I've had this recipe since middle school Home Economics, and trust me if a middle schooler can bake this cookie without messing it up, so can you!
I've made these cookies countless times over the years and they truly never disappoint. It is the perfect cookie to take to a bake sale or gathering, or even to use in a homemade banana pudding. Who doesn't like a vanilla wafer?!
1 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
4 tsp vanilla (pure vanilla works best)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Use an ungreased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
First, cream together the softened butter and sugar until well combined in a large bowl or mixer. Next add the pure vanilla and eggs into the bowl, careful to not over mix, as this should be a fluffy mixture. Slowly mix in spoonfulls of the flour into the bowl until all flour is combined.
Drop by teaspoon onto your ungreased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Hint: It's helpful to wet your fingertips to keep the dough from sticking as you go. Option to sprinkle the top with a few chopped nuts. I've used almond slivers and chopped pecans, both were great. However, I usually opt for the classic vanilla wafer and skip the nuts. Your choice here!
Bake until golden brown, depending on your oven, usually close to 8 to 10 minutes. Enjoy!