Friday, November 19, 2010

Recipe: Vanilla Wafers

"Are these homemade?"
"They taste exactly like the store bought ones."
"Only a little better..."

That's the conversation I listened to as two of my children munched on these cookies.

I wanted to make my own Nilla Wafers for some cream cheese cupcakes. But, of course, all the Vanilla Wafer recipes I found called for processed sugars and most used white flour. So I experimented with the recipe and I must say - the first experiment was a complete success!

Although these cookies turn out a bit softer than the store bought kind, after making them, I wondered why on earth we had ever bought the store bought kind in the past when it's so easy and so much healthier to make our own!

Here's the recipe:

Homemade Vanilla Wafers

1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup raw, organic agave
3 Tbsp's Raw honey
1 large egg (cage-free, hormone-free), at room temp.
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cup sprouted wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder

Preheat oven to 325°. Line a glass baking dish with parchment paper.

(*Using parchment paper definitely gives the best results. But lightly greasing a glass baking dish works too - they are just as tasty, it's simply the shape that doesn't form as perfectly.)

Cream butter, agave and honey in mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla.

(*I bring my egg to room temp. by placing it in a bowl with very warm/hot water for a few minutes. The mixture will not mix properly if anything cold is added to it.)

In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix into wet ingredients.

Level out the dough into a teaspoon measuring spoon and spoon out onto baking dish. (This works well with a small spoon such as a baby spoon.)

Cook for 15 - 17 minutes or until edges become golden.

Uses for Vanilla Wafers:

*make little almond (or peanut) butter, banana and raw cocoa sauce sandwiches with them
*stick into homemade ice cream
*or scoop ice cream or frozen yogurt in between two Vanilla Wafers
*dip into homemade caramel for a special treat
*blend up to make a cheesecake crust


1 comment:

  1. Great receipe, Claudia!

    Thanks for saving me the trouble lol
    Listen, would you recommend these as a substitute for strawberry shortcake?