Remember the Kids (with vanilla wafers)

Entertaining Thought #6:

If you’re having a party that involves littles (like that Christmas open house or that family reunion), don’t forget that their tastes may be totally different from yours. Rather than focus completely on grown up fare, remember to give the kids something they’re familiar with.  It’s more comfortable for them and better for your cooking ego.

One of my favorites growing up was vanilla wafers.  Here’s a gluten-free, vegan version.(using Alton Brown’s recipe as a guide) You can serve them straight up, or make minis (reduce the cooking time) and make little peanut butter sandwiches.

Vanilla Wafers

Makes approximately 34 cookies

1 cup sorghum flour
6 Tbsp tapioca flour, divided
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup soy-free Earth Balance
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
3 Tbsp almond milk
1-1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract  (yes, that’s TABLEspoon)

Using a fine mesh sieve, sift together the sorghum flour, 5 tbsp of the tapioca flour, xanthan gum and baking powder.  Set aside.

Cream the earth balance and sugar using a hand mixer on high speed for about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary.

Add the remaining 1 Tbsp tapioca flour and the almond milk.  Continuing to scrape down sides as necessary, beat on high for about 1 minute until it is well blended and looks creamy (sugar granules are ok).

Add the vanilla extract and blend on low for about 15 seconds until well incorporated.

Add the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until well incorporated.

Chill mixture for about 30 minutes.

While mixture is chilling, line 2 pans with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350F

After chilling, roll dough into equal sized balls (about 1/2 Tbsp each), place on parchment paper and flatten with the palm of your hand.

Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Allow to cool for about 5 minutes on the pan then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Bring on the kids!

  1 comment for “Remember the Kids (with vanilla wafers)

  1. October 8, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Mmmm….I remember loving these as a kid! I would dip them in peanut butter and drizzle chocolate on top! :-)

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