Gluten Free Vanilla Wafer Recipe


Gluten free vanilla wafers?! The mere mention of a recipe like this popular one gets people talking. These cookies bring back such wonderful memories, and the thought of having them again, gluten free, ignites a fire of excitement for kids and all of us kids at heart.


Gluten Free Vanilla Wafers

How long has it been since you’ve had a vanilla wafer? As a celiac cookbook author creating gluten-free recipes, it’s often a challenge to devise recipes that are close to the original wheat versions, because I can’t conduct a taste test!

So when I set about to create a knock-off ‘Nilla Wafer, I had to line up some gluten-eating taste testers. 

Pipe out gluten free vanilla wafer dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
Pipe out gluten free vanilla wafer dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets.

It might seem like making homemade “Nilla” knock-offs would be difficult, but it’s really not! The dough comes together easily when using my gfJules Flour — the light, airy flour works great in these cookies so there’s no grit, no nasty aftertaste and the taste really shines through.

Then after it gets nice and cold, just transfer the dough to a piping bag or other plastic bag with a corner cut out and squeeze!

gluten free vanilla wafers before baking
gluten free vanilla wafers before baking

With big smiles, full mouths and nodding heads, my family (and all the gluten-eating taste testers) gave this gluten free Vanilla Wafer recipe recipe a thumbs up! I hope your family enjoys them as much as ours has!


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To see more delicious gluten-free cookie recipes, search my RECIPES for “cookie” or for a particular type of cookie you might crave. Also grab a copy of my popular Gluten Free Cookie e-book With over 26 pages of gluten-free cookie baking tips and recipes, it’s a cookie resource you’ll definitely want to have.

To see the Virtual Gluten Free Cookie Exchange where this recipe was first published, hop to my post for links to all 18 GF cookies shared, and don’t forget to check the Gluten Free Cookie Swap on Facebook. So many delicious gluten-free cookie recipes, so little time!

gluten free vanilla wafers

Now, on to the recipe you’ve been waiting for: Gluten Free Vanilla Wafers!

Yield: 4 - 5 dozen wafers

Gluten Free Vanilla Wafer Recipe

gluten free vanilla wafer
Prep Time 2 hours 7 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 21 minutes


  • ½ cup butter or non-dairy alternative (e.g. Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated cane sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 large egg white (or alternative like aquafaba)
  • 1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract (or lemon zest for a lemon version of this cookie)
  • 1 Tbs. milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cup + 1 Tbs. gfJules™ All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (192 grams)



Beat together the butter, sugar and salt for 4-5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add egg white, vanilla and milk, mixing until integrated. Slowly add the gluten free flour and baking powder, beating until totally combined.

Refrigerate for two hours or until cold.

Preheat oven to 350°F (static) or 325°F (convection).

Scoop dough into a piping bag with a large icing tip or a plastic bag with a one-inch corner cut out.

Evenly squeeze dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, forming rounds approximately ¾-inch wide, spaced 1 inch apart.

Bake for approximately 13 – 14 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.


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This delicious knock-off gluten free Vanilla Wafer will have you craving banana cream pie and all things 'Nilla!

These gluten free vanilla wafters will have you craving banana cream pie & all things 'Nilla! 




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    • So glad to hear you’ve made this recipe bunches and love it, Heather!!! I always like to know I’m not the only one using my recipes! 😉

    • All flours are a bit different, density and weight-wise. It’s good to be sure the weight of the flour you’re using before measuring for a recipe, where the weights are offered. If you measure my gfJules Flour to 135gr/cup you’ll have the right amount for my recipes. Happy baking!

    • Hi Elaine, made with my gfJules Flour they will last longer since my Flour has a natural preservative. If kept in a tupperware-type container, they should be good for at least a week or so!

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