Nilla Wafers are those small round yellow cookies that are perfect for crushing up and making into a cookie crust. But, alas, they are not gluten free. So let’s make some that are, and that are still filled with that sweet rich vanilla flavor!
While they may not look exactly like the original Nilla wafers you remember, or have that same dry biscuit texture they, they are still a deliciously crisp vanilla flavored cookie. But what this recipes is really ideal for, is when recipes call for Nilla water to be crushed up so you can use them in a cookie crust (like a cheesecake) – now you have the perfect gluten free version to use!
If you don’t have oat flour, grind up your own using a food processor.
Shape the balls with your hands or a cookie baller, and bake until crispy and golden. Allow to cool on baking sheet for at least 15 minutes before moving to a wire rack, or they could fall apart. If you are trying to limit your sugar intake, read “How to Substitute Sugar in Recipes” for some ideas on how to reduce or replace sugar in your baking.
Vanilla Wafer Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups GF oat flour or quick oats ground in a food processor
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup coconut oil melted*
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 Tbsp vanilla
- Whisk together first 5 dry ingredients. In another bowl stir together the sugar and coconut oil, then mix in with flour mixture.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients, mixing until dough is smooth.
- Shape in 1" balls and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Lightly press down each cookie to flatten slightly.
- Bake at 375°F for 9-15 minutes (depending on size) or until golden and crisp. Let cool on baking sheet for 15 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
*adding melted coconut oil will make flat cookies that are crisp and bit chewy. You can also try it using it in its solid form (using a mixer, cream it together with the sugar), this will produce softer, more puffy cookies.
Now that you know how to make these Nilla-like wafer cookies, use them in our tasty Strawberry Cream Cheesecake!