Ugh Snacks… am I the only one that struggles with snacks. I feel like I have a pretty decent dinner repertoire, breakfasts I have down to a simple science and lunch is generally sandwiches, wraps and left overs. But snacks they elude me. I feel like I am always turning to the same cheese crackers, fruit and what ever is in a pre-packaged box in the pantry. Its ugly but it is true, I am working on it, slowly.
But as most good things these Homemade Nilla Wafers were made out of necessity, sheer and utter necessity.
Without fail the number 1 worst snack sessions for me are on road trips. I feel like road trips should be renamed to: mock survival tests. I mean truly! You can only take what you can carry, your mental limits are pushed until right before you break and once you start there is no turning back. True, these days there are tablets, phones, movies and games and they help but let’s face it road trips, especially with small children, are all about survival. Doing anything just to make it to the next checkpoint. Trying to survive one more mile of white painted lines and knees rubbing the dashboard. This is just me talking here but I am pretty sure the tablet was invented out of sheer boredom somewhere between the Oregon and Washington border where you creep along passing through periodic small towns watching birds pass you up as you drive.
Ok ok that makes it sound like I hate road trips, probably because I do… well not really, ok I do but just the road part.
Back to snacks, I am horrible at road trip snacks. I feel like just to survive we are willing to eat anything. I need to improve my road trip snack repertoire. That is where these nilla wafers originated from. Karissa made these nilla wafers on one of her gut wrenchingly long (14 hours long!) road trips to Idaho. Her kids loved them! And she loved them because she knew exactly what they were made of. Naturally being the good friend that she is, she passed the recipe on to me and I knew they needed to become part of my road trip arsenal.
They are simple to put together, which is a must because we cook enough as it is, and taste great. We make them up in a mini size because our kids think they are so cute (that is why the recipe says serves 90 not that the batch was made to feed an entire elementary school) but you could do a slightly larger if you prefer. So from our cramped car to yours survive another mile and enjoy a batch of Homemade Nilla Wafers.
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2½ cups flour
- Beat the butter and sugar together.
- Add eggs and vanilla and mix on low.
- In a separate bowl mix flour and baking powder.
- Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until well blended.
- Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
- Roll 1 tsp of dough into ball and place on cookie sheet (I put about 30 cookies on one cookie sheet)
- Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes.