substitute for Nabisco Famous chocolate wafers and Chocolate Nilla
Posted: 13 February 2009 10:55 AM   [ Ignore ]
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For my birthday last week, my precious sister gave me a copy of The Pie and Pastry Bible.  The book fell open to Black Forest Chiffon Pie. This is an omen, thought I.  For the crust I needed the chocolate wafers.  Five grocery stores later, I was empty handed.  Hannibal, Missouri does not have them nor have they any other plain chocolate cookies.  Do you have a cookie recipe I can use to substitute for the Nabisco chocolate wafers?

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Posted: 14 February 2009 12:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’ve used the Cook’s Illustrated Oreo cookie recipe and it does work nicely.

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Posted: 15 February 2009 12:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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This question has been on my mind, too. I had a box of Famous wafers that I don’t even remember buying, but they tasted okay in the pie I baked earlier this winter.

That success inspired me to try another pie that needed a chocolate cookie crust, but by then I was out of the Famous Wafers, so I used the Oreo type crust, but not the Cook’s Illustrated recipe listed above, I just used a recipe I found on the internet.

Anyhow, my experience with the internet Oreo crust is that it baked up VERY firm and was almost impossible to cut.  I don’t know if that was my fault or not, but it’s the first time I’ve ever done it.  Definitely won’t recommend THAT recipe, though.

Next time I’ll try this Cook’s Illustrated recipe instead. (Thanks for sharing, this is very timely!)

Another thought entirely, is that in one of Rose’s other books, Rose’s Celebrations, she makes Bourbon Balls, and for that application she suggests that you can either use a box of Famous Wafers, or use the recipe for the Chocolate Oriolos on page 161.

I don’t have any idea how well those might work if you subbed the Oriolos in a cookie crust, but I think it might be worth an experiment or two. (I’d probably use some of that really black cocoa in them as well, just for the intensity of color)

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Posted: 15 February 2009 12:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Bungalow Barbara - 15 February 2009 04:42 AM

There are also recipes for Chocolate Wafer Cookies out there. You can even make your own Oreo-style cookies—King Arthur Flour has a recipe.

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/RecipeDisplay?RID=1178644550112

As an FYI: I tried another KAF recipe using an Oreo-type filling very similar to this one and it wasn’t good.  Overwhelmingly greasy with that awful Crisco taste and texture.

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Posted: 15 February 2009 01:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Just an update: I emailed Rose, wondering how the Oriolos might work in a pie crust recipe, and she advises that since the Oriolos are high in butter, you’d need to add less for a crust application. She’s never actually tried using them in a pie crust, however.

I’m thinking I might try some of the King Arthur Double Dutch cocoa for these, don’t you think?

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Posted: 10 May 2010 01:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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My favorite general-interest food blogger has a wonderful recipe for making faux-Nabisco Chocolate Wafers.  I’ve tried it and they are utterly wonderful.  See it here:

http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/03/homemade-chocolate-wafers-icebox-cupcakes/

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Posted: 16 June 2010 03:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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For really dark famous chocolate wafer style cookies, I use black cocoa I got from KA.  I mix about 20% of the black to regular undutched cocoa dependiong on the recipe (experiment).  It makes a cookie which is drier and having a lot of butter in the recipe tones it down.  I use the KA recipe for Faux Reos chocolate cookies or the chocolate wafer cookies.

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