Monday, February 22, 2016

Homemade Vanilla Wafers

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I've been baking up a storm this weekend!   (If you don't follow me on Instagram, you really should!  Check me out @theproverbs31mama !)  One of the recipes that people really seem to want is my Homemade Vanilla Wafers recipe! 


I can't take credit for this recipe.  I found it (through Pinterest) at bakingbites.com.  Now, usually when I find a recipe on Pinterest, I change it up a bit.  Add something, take away something, change measurements.  I like to play.  But this recipe - nope!  I haven't really changed it, except that, I sometimes switch the vanilla extract for lemon extract and make lemon wafers!  And they are DA BOMB! 

But I digress.  Let's get back to the Vanilla Wafers...


Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 1/2 tsp of lemon extract, if you wanna make lemon wafers)
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions:
1.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2.) Cream softened butter, sugar, and brown sugar together.
3.) Add egg and vanilla (or lemon) extract and beat to combine.
4.) Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together and pour into butter mixture; stir to combine. (Dough will be very thick.)
5.) Spoon dough into a pastry bag (fitted with a plain piping tip), or go "old school" like me and spoon dough into a zip top bag.  Snip a little hole in one corner.
6.) Pipe dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.  For mini wafers, you only need a large chocolate chip-sized amount of dough.  For larger cookies, pipe out less than a dime-sized amount. 
7.) The larger the dough, the longer they'll need to bake, so for chocolate chip-sized dough, bake for 8-10 minutes.  For larger cookies (they'll still be slightly smaller than traditional vanilla wafers) bake for 12-15 minutes. You want them to start to get golden around the edges.
8.) Depending on the size of your cookies, this recipe makes between 100-300 cookies!  But don't let that discourage you because it still won't seem like enough!  TRUST ME! 

Enjoy! 

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