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Nabisco Nilla Wafers

By Todd Wilbur


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No one knows the exact origin of the vanilla wafer but it's guessed that the recipe was developed in the South. The wafers were being created from scratch at home long before Nabisco introduced the lightweight, poker chip-like packaged cookies in 1945. Back then they were called Vanilla Wafers. But in the 60's Nabisco slapped the trade name Nilla Wafers on the box. Today the real things come about 100 to a box and really fly when whipped into the air with a little flick of the wrist. Here now, you can relive the days of old with a homemade version fresh out of the oven. This clone recipe makes about half a box's worth, and they fly just as far.

Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
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      Nabisco
    • Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

      2. Cream together sugars, shortening, egg, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl.

      3. Add the flour and baking powder. Add 1 tablespoon of water and continue mixing until the dough forms a ball.

      4. Roll the dough into 3/4-inch balls and flatten slightly onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until cookies are light brown.

      Makes 50 to 60 cookies.

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