Lemon or Vanilla Wafers

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    4½ dozen

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Better Than Store-Bought: Authoritative recipes that most people never knew they could make at home

By Helen Witty and Elizabeth Schneider

Published 1979

  • About

We have happy childhood taste-memories of these most innocent of cookies, a permitted treat when we were very young. And we still maintain a certain fondness for the packaged hard-baked, golden wafers. Our recipe produces a crisp-edged, pale ivory disc with a tender center. Good enough for children, as well as adults.


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperatur


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover with parchment (or lightly grease) two large baking sheets (each 14 X 17 inches).
  2. Blend the sugar, butter, and salt in