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Pinterest Tested: Homemade Vanilla Wafers

Welcome to Pinterest Tested! Ever wonder if that miracle cleaner is really miraculous? Or what about that homemade facial cleanser or delicious-looking recipe? The Craft Patch is the place to find out! I am testing Pins that catch my eye to see if they really live up to the claims made on Pinterest. It's like the Mythbusters of Domesticity!

This week I am testing a recipe PIN for making homemade vanilla wafers. I love vanilla wafers, so when I saw the beautiful picture and that the recipe was all normal ingredients that I usually have on hand, I was really excited. HERE is a link to the original recipe. I whipped up a batch and this is what they looked like:

Boo! Flat, sad little cookies! Let's just put this into perspective:

So disappointing.

To be fair to the original poster, baking is a finicky art and maybe I did something wrong or could have fixed them by adding something to the dough or baking a different way. Who knows. But I hate finicky recipes and I am sad, sad, sad that my dreams of homemade vanilla wafers fell flat (literally).

The good news is that the cookies tasted great even though they were nothing like a vanilla wafer. So I used the remaining cookie dough and made bar cookies. Talk about making lemonade when life gives you lemons. They were yummy!

Turned out to be a cross between butter cookies and sugar cookies. Yum!

Even though I was able to rescue the remaining dough, this Pin still ended up a...

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  1. When I saw what pin you had tested I got really excited because I was really looking forward to being able to make homemade vanilla wafers. Dangit! I'm so disappointed! I'm glad you were able to rescue the dough though. Thanks for testing it out for me.

  2. Remember you're at a much higher altitude in Idaho Falls. I had to tweak recipes because of that!

  3. I know this is on wrong post. HOwever, I was afraid my post would get lost. Would it be possible to email me directions for the circle shirt tutorial whichyou posted Friday, September 30, 2011? I cannot get all of the pictures to come up. My email is [email protected](dot)come.

    Thank you so much!! I just found your website today. I am signed up.
    Loretta P.

  4. I wonder if it was because you used butter rather than shortening? I am sure that butter was what was called for, but in my experiences with cookies, making them with butter makes them flat (not necessarily bad) and if I want them to hold their shape better, I need to use shortening (crisco). Course, I am not at a high elevation either, so I can't comment on that.

  5. I think you would need to adjust according to elevation. And adjust the time according to the size of the cookie. In this case you would want to have them a little more cooked than say sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies. I would try a mix of half crisco half butter and see if that works.

  6. I LOVE your pinterest tested posts. I always get so excited to see the reviews! Thank you for being the snopes of pinterest!

  7. I did this and they were perfect! I loved them


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