Are you in the mood for a delicious and comforting dessert? Look no further than these Cinnamon Sugar Vanilla Wafer Cookies! With their crispy texture and delightful blend of cinnamon and vanilla flavors, these cookies are the perfect treat for any occasion. And the best part? They're not just a snack on their own - these cookies are also a key ingredient in my Caramel Cinnamon Banana Pudding Recipe! In this post, I'll show you how to make these cookies step-by-step, so you can enjoy them on their own or in the context of a delicious and unique dessert.
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Ingredients Needed For Vanilla Wafer Cookies
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Cinnamon sugar (¼ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon)
Instructions For Vanilla Wafer Cookies
- In a large bowl or mixer, beat the sugar and butter on medium speed for about 2 minutes until creamed.
- Add the vanilla and egg and beat on medium for about 1 minute.
- In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the bowl and mix on low speed until combined. Then, add the milk and mix until the dough is smooth.
- Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to firm it up.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a ½ teaspoon measuring spoon, scoop out the dough and roll it into small balls.
- Roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture until coated.
- Place the coated balls on a baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them.
- Bake the wafers for about 12 minutes, or until lightly golden.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Serve and enjoy!
Ways to Use Cinnamon Vanilla Wafer Cookies
Besides being a tasty treat on their own, Cinnamon Sugar Vanilla Wafer Cookies can be used in various other ways. Here are a few ideas:
- Caramel Cinnamon Banana Pudding: These cookies are a key ingredient in my Caramel Cinnamon Banana Pudding recipe. The cookies add a delicious crunch and cinnamon flavor to the banana pudding, making it a unique and flavorful dessert.
- Crust for Cheesecake or Pie: Crushed Cinnamon Sugar Vanilla Wafer Cookies can make a tasty crust for a cheesecake or pie. Just crush the cookies into fine crumbs and mix them with melted butter, then press the mixture into the bottom of a baking dish. Bake the crust for a few minutes, then add your cheesecake or pie filling on top.
- Ice Cream Topping: Crushed Cinnamon Sugar Vanilla Wafer Cookies can also make a delicious topping for ice cream. Just sprinkle the cookie crumbs on top of your favorite ice cream flavor for a tasty and crunchy addition.
- S'mores Alternative: If you're out of graham crackers, try using Cinnamon Sugar Vanilla Wafer Cookies instead. Just sandwich a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate between two cookies for a unique and flavorful s'mores alternative.
- Coffee or Hot Cocoa Dipper: These cookies make a great dipping option for your coffee or hot cocoa. Their cinnamon and vanilla flavors pair well with the warm, comforting flavors of these beverages, making them a perfect match.
Tips For Vanilla Wafer Cookies
- Chill the dough: To make sure your cookies don't spread too much while baking, it's important to chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before baking. This helps the dough firm up and hold its shape.
- Use a measuring spoon: To ensure your cookies are uniform in size, use a ½ teaspoon measuring spoon to scoop out the dough. This will also help your cookies bake evenly.
- Roll the dough in cinnamon sugar: To make sure your cookies are well coated in cinnamon sugar, roll each ball of dough in the mixture before placing it on the baking sheet. This will ensure that the cookies are evenly coated and have a nice cinnamon flavor.
- Don't overbake: It's important not to overbake these cookies, as they can become too crispy and lose their soft and chewy texture. Bake them for about 12 minutes, or until they're lightly golden on the edges.
- Let them cool: After baking, let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This will help them set and maintain their shape.
- Store properly: To keep your cookies fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. If you want to store them for longer, you can also freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Substitutions Of Vanilla Wafer Cookies
- Gluten-Free Flour: If you or someone you're baking for is gluten intolerant or has celiac disease, you could try using gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour. There are many gluten-free flour blends available in most grocery stores, or you could try using almond flour or coconut flour for a grain-free option.
- Vegan Butter: If you're following a vegan diet, you could try using vegan butter instead of regular butter in this recipe. There are many vegan butter substitutes available, such as Earth Balance or Miyoko's Kitchen, that work well in baking recipes.
- Non-Dairy Cream or Milk: If you want to make this Vanilla Wafer Cookies recipe dairy-free, you could try using non-dairy milk instead of regular milk. Almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk would all work well in this recipe.
- Maple Syrup: If you want to reduce the amount of refined sugar in this recipe, you could try using maple syrup instead of granulated sugar. Keep in mind that maple syrup is sweeter than sugar, so you may need to adjust the amount used in the recipe accordingly.
- Coconut Oil: If you want to make Vanilla Wafer Cookies a bit healthier, you could try using coconut oil instead of butter. Coconut oil is a healthier fat than butter and adds a delicious coconut flavor to baked goods.
Variations of Vanilla Wafer Cookies
- Add Nuts: For a bit of crunch and extra flavor, you could try adding chopped nuts to the dough. Pecans, walnuts, or almonds would all work well with the cinnamon and vanilla flavors of the cookies.
- Chocolate Chips: If you're a chocolate lover, you could add some chocolate chips to the dough for an extra indulgent treat. Dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips would both work well.
- Citrus Zest: For a bit of brightness and freshness, you could add some citrus zest to the dough. Lemon, orange, or lime zest would all work well and add a delicious flavor to the cookies.
- Spices: If you want to experiment with different spice flavors, you could try adding some nutmeg, cardamom, or ginger to the dough. These spices would all complement the cinnamon and vanilla flavors of the cookies.
- Sandwich Cookies: For an extra indulgent treat, you could make sandwich cookies by spreading some frosting or jam between two cookies. Cream cheese frosting or raspberry jam would both be delicious options.
These are just a few ideas for variations you could suggest to make this Vanilla Wafer Cookies more interesting and unique. Feel free to get creative and see what other variations you can come up with!
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Cinnamon Sugar Vanilla Wafer Cookies
- Prep Time: 45 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 57 minutes
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 stick unsalted butter
¾ cup sugar
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
Cinnamon sugar (¼ cup sugar and 1 tbs cinnamon)
- In a large bowl or mixer, beat on medium speed sugar and butter for about 2 minutes - until creamed.
- Add vanilla and egg and beat on medium for about 1 minute.
- In a small bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.
- Add flour mixture to bowl and mix on low speed until combined. Add milk and combine.
- Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a ½ teaspoon measuring spoon, scoop batter and roll into balls.
- Roll balls in cinnamon sugar and place onto baking sheet.
- Bake wafers for about 12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
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