Whole Wheat “Nilla” Wafers

March 11, 2011

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In honor of the upcoming weekend, I present a childhood favorite. Remember how good these were?

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I say “were” because I rarely eat store-bought cookies anymore. I picked up a box on a whim a few weeks ago to eat with my chocolate chipotle almond butter (hey, I needed something to spread it on!). They were absolutely delightful, but I couldn’t get past the processed, packaged aspect. So naturally, I decided to try my hand at making my own.

I found this recipe on the internet and made a few modifications to suite my taste.

Ingredients: (makes about a dozen and a half)

1/2 cup butter (no substitutes), softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 generous tablespoon vanilla extract

2/3 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 whole wheat pastry flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.

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Next, beat in the egg and vanilla and then add the dry ingredients.

Once mixed, drop the dough onto an ungreased baking sheet, leaving a few inches between each cookie.

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For a sparkly effect, sprinkle some raw sugar on top of each cookie.

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Ooooh, shiny!

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Allow to cool.

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So these weren’t exactly like the boxed variety… they were so much better! I definitely haven’t outgrown this childhood treat.

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Before you get carried away, consider adding a little something extra.

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That’s more like it. This beats any old Nilla wafer I ever ate.

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These should get me through the weekend just fine.

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Tiffany March 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I like your recipes because you always have great photos to show how my cooking and baking should look. Thanks!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Thanks, Tiff!

Jenny W March 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm

You’ve got some interesting recipes, I’ll be coming back for more looks. Definitely want to try your Nilla Wafers. The Vegan Coconut Chili sounds great, as well.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Thanks, Jenny W! Hope you like the recipes!

Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) March 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I used to love Vanilla Waffers but haven’t bought them in a long time, thanks for reminding me of my love for them!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

You’re quite welcome! :)

Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} March 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

Yum, looks good and better quality ingredients too. Great move on adding the chocolate! :)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

We used to get Nilla wafers all the time. I also liked the chocolate version a lot!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

Oh, good call! I’ll have to do a chocolate version next!

the actor's diet March 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm

now you gotta make banana pudding out of them!!!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

Twist my arm!

Suzanne @ continuing my education March 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Oh man, I love nilla wafers!! Must try these!

Clarissa @ Sober and the City March 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Those look super tastycakes! I love me some cookies. In my depressing “everyone is engaged except me” pity party last night, I really wanted to race out to the store and get supplies to bake something. I’m a stress-baker. It was raining cats and dogs outside though. Perhaps I will bake this weekend!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Don’t stress over engagement! Wedding planning sux. :(

brandi March 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’ve never thought of making my own vanilla wafers! They look awesome

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

Thanks, Brandi! You should def try making them-so easy.

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