Homemade Vanilla Wafers

homemade vanilla wafers

You’ve probably seen lots of recipes for homemade versions of all your favorite processed treats by different foodies of the web. Do you see homemade vanilla wafers much?
We don’t!

Homemade Vanilla Wafers Nilla wafers

This homemade version is so simply delicious and tasty! They are softer than traditional wafers and have a lovely strong vanilla flavor. And of course, these homemade vanilla wafers are healthy! If you haven’t had these childhood cookies in a while, these are the cookies to bring it all back.

Homemade Nilla Vanilla Wafers


Homemade Vanilla Wafers  (dairy & egg free & vegan option)
Print Recipe

1/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
2 Tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Neutral Oil
1/2 teaspoon Pink Salt
1/3 cup Powdered Honey or Coconut Sugar
3 Tablespoons Date Sugar or Xylitol
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Spelt Flour, plus more for rolling if needed.

Pre-heat oven to  325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the first 3 ingredients. Add the everything into the mix except the flour and mix well. Mix in the flour until the batter is smooth. Scoop out a scant tablespoon of dough, roll into a smooth ball (with lightly floured hands if needed), flatten and place on the baking sheet.

Bake for about 12 minutes for softer cookies or 15-16 minutes for more crisp wafers. The cookies will firm more as they cool; please do not over bake more than 16 minutes. When the cookies are still warm, gently press down the cookies again to lightly flatten if needed. Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container.

Yields about 25 homemade vanilla wafers


  1. Misty says

    Would these hold up well in banana pudding? I have found some organic/healthier ingredient ones from Whole Foods that I use in my recipe; however, wasn’t sure if you thought these would be good for that as well since they are softer. They sound delish, though!

  2. says

    I don’t know your recipe, but I think they would probably hold up fine! I would bake them for the full 15 or 16 minutes so they are nice and crisp. Hope they turn out great for you! :)

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