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Vegan Vanilla Wafers

These homemade vegan vanilla wafers are crunchy, buttery, and full of vanilla flavor. They are perfect on their own or with banana pudding, and are ready in under 30 minutes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 100 approx 90-120 cookies (360g)
Calories 18kcal

Ingredients

  • 100 g vegan butter room temperature, *see notes
  • 120 g granulated sugar *see notes
  • 40 ml aquafaba *see notes
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 170 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy milk or almond milk, or oat milk

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 175°C (347°F) and line the base of 2 large baking trays with a sheet of parchment paper. (You may need to bake them in batches if your trays are on the smaller side).
  • Add the vegan butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Slowly pour in the aquafaba whilst whisking until combined. Whisk in the vanilla extract.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Sift them into the bowl with the butter and sugar. Add in the soy milk. Stir the ingredients together using a spatula until just combined.
  • Transfer the cookie dough to a piping bag and snip off the tip, or use a reusable piping bag with a medium tip. Pipe the dough onto the baking sheet in even mounds, about 1 teaspoon in volume for small wafers, or 1.5 teaspoons for larger wafers. Make sure you leave 1.5-2 inches of space around each mound. If you have any batter left over after filling the trays, place it in the fridge until ready to bake.
  • Bake until they are evenly golden brown, then remove from the oven and let them sit on the baking tray to cool for about 5 minutes. Next, carefully slide the sheet of parchment paper with the cookies off of the tray and onto a cooling rack. Cool for another 15-20 minutes until they reach room temperature before serving.

Storage

  • Store these cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Notes

  • Vegan butter: Take this out of the fridge to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour. Make sure you use vegan block butter NOT spreadable butter from a tub.
  • Some white sugar in the US is not vegan, if in doubt use organic sugar.
  • Aquafaba: This is the brine from a can of tinned chickpeas.
  • Don't leave the cookie batter sitting out at room temperature. If you need to make it in batches, chill the batter while you wait for the oven to free up. 
  • This recipe makes a pretty big batch of cookies (between 90-120 depending on the size). If you need less like for making vegan banana pudding, just half the ingredient quantities.

Nutrition

Serving: 1wafer | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 0.05g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg