Chocolate Wafer Cookies

Chocolate wafer cookies on a serving tray

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Chill: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 24 cookies
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
210 Calories
9g Fat
31g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 210
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 26mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you love those classic chocolate wafer cookies from the grocery store, the homemade version of these thin and crispy treats will knock your socks off.

When you taste these chocolate wafer cookies, the flavor will likely be familiar. That's because chocolate wafer cookies taste very similar to the cookies used in Oreos. The ingredient that gives chocolate wafer cookies their distinctive taste and dark hue is black cocoa powder. This is a very dark version of Dutch-process cocoa that has been processed with an alkaline solution to neutralize its natural acidity. This not only results in a darker color but an intense chocolate flavor.

Since the flavor is so intense, it is not recommended to use only black cocoa powder exclusively in a recipe. It is often used in smaller quantities alongside Dutch-process cocoa powder because of its intensity. This works well to achieve the perfect balance of dark color, rich flavor, and delightful texture in baked goods. Black cocoa powder is readily available and can be purchased in specialty baking stores or online. Try swapping out a little bit of cocoa powder for it the next time you make brownies.

Chocolate wafer cookies are wonderful on their own, but they are also often used as an ingredient in other recipes. They are frequently layered with whipped cream in an icebox cake, or crushed and used to make a pie crust.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup black cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for dusting

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

    Chocolate Wafer Cookies
     Kristina Vanni
  2. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

    Sugar and butter in a mixing bowl

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  3. Mix in the salt and baking powder.

    Sugar and butter creamed together

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  4. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.

    Egg and vanilla added to batter for chocolate wafer cookies

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  5. Mix in the flour, black cocoa powder, and Dutch-process cocoa powder.

    Dry ingredients added to chocolate wafer cookies recipe

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  6. Cover the dough and chill for at least 30 minutes. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 F.

    Chocolate wafer cookies dough wrapped in plastic for chilling

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  7. Lightly dust your work surface with additional Dutch-process cocoa powder and roll out the dough to about 1/8-inch thickness.

    Chocolate wafer cookie dough rolled out on marble

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  8. Cut into round cookies, about 2 inches in diameter.

    Dough being cut into rounds for chocolate wafer cookies

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  9. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until set and you can smell chocolate.

    Chocolate wafer cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet

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  10. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely. The cookies will crisp as they cool.

    Chocolate Wafer Cookies on a cooling rack

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  11. Enjoy!


Store-bought or homemade chocolate wafer cookies can be used interchangeably in recipes. Other thin and crisp cookies such as ginger this, or graham crackers are good substitutes for recipes that call for chocolate wafer cookies.

How to Store Chocolate Wafers

Chocolate wafer cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week, and they also freeze well if you want to bake a batch and save them for use in a recipe later.