Nilla wafers are one of those nostalgia foods I still pick up every now and then. I seriously love their sweet vanilla-y taste and often use them to dip in yogurt or pudding at the end of the day for a sweet treat. The other day I found a cool article on Serious Eats with an article for homemade Nilla wafers. I decided to give them a whirl and decorate them with cute X’s & O’s for Valentine’s Day. We loved their sweet look and manageable size. Two little ones dunked in milk after dinner were the perfect Valentine dessert!
Homemade X & O Nilla Wafers
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 pinch kosher salt
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, slit open and seeds scraped into the batter
1 large egg white
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In an electric mixer cream the butter, salt, sugar and vanilla seeds until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg white until incorporated, followed by the milk.
2. In a small bowl whisk together the flour and baking power, then gently mix it into the butter mixture until just incorporated.
3. Snip the end of a large Ziploc bag and drop the batter into the bag. Squeeze out the batter into nickel size mounds onto lined cookie sheets about an inch apart. Decorate the circles with little x and o patterns with decorative buttons.
4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are light brown. Cool completely.
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