I live in the house of multiple dinners. My son is allergic to wheat, my oldest daughter is allergic to dairy, and I just try to make something that every will/can eat. Pre-packaged foods don't happen. The only time I buy a box of Nilla wafers is to satisfy one of my cravings or to make a recipe for the blog.....which I then either give to a lucky neighbor, or my husband and I enjoy secretly after the kids go to bed. It is incredible that even though they know they can't have it, the stares I get if I eat it in front of them are HORRIBLE! Like I have committed first-degree murder. Kinda makes you not even want to eat anymore...almost. 😉
I was bound and determined to make some Gluten Free Vanilla wafers. I knew it had to be done...so I could eat without having to go before a jury. I came up with this great recipe earlier, and they turned out fantastic! SIMPLY PERFECT! You can even make them with regular flour if you are not gluten free....but it is great to have options.
Gluten Free Vanilla Wafers
- ½ cup butter or margarine softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 ⅓ cups Gluten Free Bisquick or All Purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Beat butter and sugar in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla extract.
- Combine bisquick, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and mix the dry ingredients thoroughly into butter mixture.
- Drop cookies about 2 inches apart, 1 teaspoon at a time, onto parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake at 350 F until edges of cookies are golden brown about 10 minutes.
- Cool cookies on baking sheet and then transfer on wire racks.
- Store in airtight containerDairy Free
- Use Dairy Free margarine or Butter Flavored Crisco
I am not one to be brand loyal...but the secret to my success for these is Betty Crocker Gluten Free Bisquick. Seriously one of the only gluten free flour mixes that doesn't have a funny aftertaste. Worth it for me to make "normal" substitutes for my kids.
The dough for these is very basic. Almost just a sugar cookie dough with some extra vanilla extract. Make sure you are using a gluten-free vanilla. Some are made with gluten-containing alcohols.
These cookies need to be small...just like the boxed wafers. I took 1 teaspoon of dough and made them into small balls. Then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake them at 350 degrees F for about 9 minutes. Keep an eye on them...everyone's ovens are different, and these can go from dough to burn relatively quickly
You will want these Gluten Free Vanilla Wafers to have this great golden color when the come out. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.
Store in an airtight container and enjoy! My kids faces lit up when I gave them each a small bowlful. Love at first bite.