These Christmas Nilla wafers are so fun and festive, and adorable too. They’re made from scratch and absolutely delicious!
Is the week before Thanksgiving too early to share a Christmas cookie recipe? (Asking for a friend. 🙂 ) As much as I want to give Thanksgiving its due (and I am really excited to celebrate next week!) I am definitely already thinking ahead to Christmas. Everything gets busy so fast around this time of year, and with a very energetic toddler around I am perpetually exhausted. Since I know I’m going to continue to be exhausted for the foreseeable future, I’ve already started planning out our Christmas gifts and holiday activities. And yes, I’ve started putting together some holiday treat ideas to share with you! These Christmas Nilla wafers are a fun variation of my favorite and much-beloved homemade Nilla wafer recipe, and they’re perfect for the season!
I’m hardly reinventing the wheel here, but adding some festive sprinkles just makes these cookies even better! They would be perfect to make for Santa, or as a quick and tasty gift for neighbors and/or friends. They are so rich and buttery and sweet, but also so addicting that it’s hard not to eat the whole batch in one sitting. We make homemade Nilla wafers frequently at my house, and they are always a favorite!
I made my cookies with about 1/2 tablespoon of dough per cookie, but if you want them to be closer to the size of real Nilla wafers I would suggest using a scant teaspoon of dough per cookie. They do spread quite a bit as they bake, so be sure to give them a little room on the baking sheet. These cookies are perfect for packing in lunches or mailing to family members, because they’re very sturdy, and they taste fresh for quite a while if stored in an airtight container. These Christmas Nilla wafers are the perfect cookie to celebrate the season!
Christmas Nilla WafersPrint Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup festive Christmas sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with a parchment or silicone liner and set aside. In a medium bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until combined. Gently stir in the sprinkles.
- Chill for 20-30 minutes, until firm. Using a teaspoon or a small cookie scoop, roll the dough into small balls. Flatten slightly and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 15-17 minutes, until golden brown.