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Vanilla Wafers (Banana Pudding Part 1)

So it is obviously no secret at this point that I love Alton Brown and I enjoy using his recipes when I’m cooking. I had watched the episode he did on Banana Pudding and decided that I wanted to try and make it. So the banana pudding will come in two installments- first, this post, on how to make vanilla wafers. Tomorrow will be the pudding and putting it all together. Just so you know, pure vanilla is going to taste a lot better here than imitation vanilla extract. It is more expensive, but it is also worth it. This is the original recipe– I didn’t deviate much. I didn’t have vanilla sugar- and was too lazy to make any. Also, I didn’t want very crispy wafers. I like softer cookies because I’m weird and love how soggy they get in banana pudding. But to each his (or her) own!


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ
  2. Combine flour/baking powder/salt in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together. Then add the egg, vanilla, and milk- mix again.
  4. Add flour to the mixture slowly on a low speed- just until combined.
  5. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 10 minutes. I gave it about half an hour.
  6. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Scoop the batter into small balls and drop onto the baking sheets. Gently press each ball with your hand.
  8. Bake until golden brown- 15-20 minutes for crispy wafers. About 12 minutes for soft cookies- which I prefer. Keep in mind this will make at least 4 dozen wafers.
  9. Cool and eat- or store to use in a banana pudding.

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