Monday, April 4, 2011

Homemade vanilla wafers

 Over in this house, our little guy LOVES vanilla wafers. With all his heart.

I did my little google search, and found this recipe.  The best part, no high fructose corn syrup found in most sweet things nowadays!

So the question is... homemade or store bought, which is better?
Ingredients:
  • 16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room
    temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
We start with combining the butter, sugar and salt in the mixing bowl. Make sure the butter is at room temp, it blends much more easily.


Mix on medium speed until creamy.
Reduce the speed to low, the add egg yolks and vanilla and beat until blended. Then add the flour until a smooth dough is formed.
Drop the dough out on the counter and divide into 4 equal portions.
Roll the dough into logs. The original recipe calls for 7 inches and 1 1/2 inches around, but we like the mini version, so I rolled them out longer making them about 3/4-1 inch around.
Next, roll them up in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours. This step is very important so the dough will keep its shape when cut.

When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap one of the logs and, with a sharp knife, cut it into slices about 1/4" thick. Place on baking sheet.
Bake only 1 sheet at a time, just until bottoms start to turn a golden color. The original recipe calls for 12 to 15 minutes. Mine come out perfect just under 12 minutes. All 4 logs made about 3 baking sheets worth of wafers. So maybe a 4 day supply in my house.

Now, when they are done, you don't want to let them cool without loosening them up from the pan. Otherwise they will stick, and then crumble when you try to scrape them off. The trick I use is immediately after coming out of the oven, I use a spatula to carefully push the cookie. I don't try to get under it, but dislodge it from the cookie pan. Then I just leave them there to cool all the way.

So what did we think?
Definitely a hit!  

Homemade wins! They came out almost like a shortbread cookie, and very good. A great mix in for ice cream or yogurt. Perfect size for little fingers and mouths, plus no worry about processed/unhealthy ingredients. It gives me peace of mind knowing exactly what is going into the belly of my little guy. And another item I don't have to buy. Just ingredients I already have in my pantry.