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This is for June Mo, who in the 8/31/11 newsletter requested recipes for making vanilla wafers. These are 2 recipes that I saved from 2008 newsletters. I have included Gina's comments with the second recipe.
Robbie IN

Nilla Wafers (Copycat/Clone)

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon water

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Cream together sugars, shortening, egg, vanilla extract and salt in a large bowl. Add the flour and baking powder. Add 1 tablespoon of water and continue mixing until dough forms a ball. Roll dough into 3/4-inch balls and flatten slightly onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until cookies are light brown. Makes 50 to 56 cookies.
Chris in NM

Homemade Vanilla Wafers

Did you know that the Vanilla Wafer is made out of just cake mix with less water, about 1 1/3 cup less than the cake mix calls for. Just use any cake mix, the oil, eggs and 2 Tbsp. milk or water. Put in a baggie or decorating bag with tip cut off, make silver

dollar size or smaller dots of cake mix on parchment paper and bake 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes or less, check after 10 minutes to make sure they are not burnt.

Source: I found this out when I made a dessert out of vanilla wafers; taking 1 vanilla wafer, a dollop of crushed pineapple, repeat 2 more times, then cover with cool whip or whipping cream. After a while the vanilla wafer turned to a wonderful soft cake, so I tried this recipe with chocolate cake mix, or any cake mix you prefer to use, or just as a snack. The result was great.
GINA -in Indiana


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