Okay, here's some recipes for cookies from a 1942 Betty Crocker baking booklet; the front page of the booklet has "war-time hints", one of which is using corn syrup to replace sugar! What a diff 75 years makes, eh?
The second page is the instructions for preparing the batter. This is KEY - my vanilla wafers from past never came out very well, and I was about to give up when I found this booklet. Also - lots of non-stick cooking spray (well, not TOO much) is a substitute for parchment paper.