Whole Wheat “Nilla” Wafers

March 11, 2011


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


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.



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.


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


Ooooh, shiny!

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


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


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


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


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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