Homemade Pumpkin Nilla Wafers

Nilla wafer cookies get a makeover for the fall season with these homemade pumpkin nilla wafers. 

There is something missing in the aisles. Everything has gone pumpkin. The orange jack o’lantern has grown from a mere 2.2 million dollar industry several years ago to close to 13 million in sales last year. But one little yellow box has failed to go orange. That’s right, Nilla Wafers have maintained their yellow brilliance even in the darkest of winter.

pumpkin nilla wafer

But not anymore. They are the one cookie I’ve always thought would be amaaaazing infused with a little bit of pumpkin and spice. And today, they are.

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It’s pumpkin time!

Homemade Pumpkin Nilla Wafers


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups - 1 tbsp unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add in the pumpkin and continue mixing until well incorporated.
  3. Add in the egg and vanila, continuing to mix until smooth. Stir in the spices, flour, baking powder and salt, mixing until stirred.
  4. Drop the dough by teaspoons onto the cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie baking sheet until cool.

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