Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Chocolate Wafer Recipe

So I went to the store the other day searching high and low for some chocolate wafers to no avail. I guess nabisco is the only one that makes them and there hard to find. So I ran to the world wide web and found a HOMEMADE recipe for them from smittenkitchen.com
I was so excited about this. smittenkitchen uses hers for making icebox cupcakes. But I was on the road to making a delicious Vanilla bean cheesecake with chocolate crust and salted caramel topping. ( I will share the cheesecake later). AND another plus is there so much cheaper than store bought too. You would need 3 boxes of the Nabisco Chocolate Wafers which cost $4.00 a piece. Yes a whole whopping $12.00 for just the crust. But this way I had all of the ingredients on hand. they are all basic ingredients you should have in your baking cupboard and the butter & milk in the fridge of coarse. So it will cost maybe $3.00 in ingredients if that. 

Chocolate Wafer Recipe
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
3 tablespoons whole milk (I used 1% and it was fine)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

So here we go. Add all of the dry ingredients into your Kitchenaid.
flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking powder
Mix til blended well. maybe a minute.

Now cut your butter into several pieces and one by one with the kitchenaid mixing add the butter. Once all the butter is in an mixed in well mix the milk and vanilla together first and then add to your mixer. Mix for a minute or two and it will look like this.
Dump your mix onto your clean counter and hand knead for a couple minutes. Then shape into a 14 inch log, wrap in plastic and place in your fridge for 1 hour. until it is firmer.
Place your log onto your counter once again and using a sharp knife, carefully and slowly make 1/4 to 1/8 inch slices. 

Place onto a well greased cookie sheet and place in the oven.
Oven should be set at 350 degrees. 
Place your top rack on the 2nd to top insert and the 2nd rack on the 2nd from the bottom.
Put your cookie sheets in and time it for 6 minutes.
Now rotate your cookie sheets and turn them at the same time. 
leave in for another 6 minutes. 
Take them out and either cool them on the sheets or a cooling rack.
Once cooled and they stiffen up a bit they are now ready for your crust recipe.
Or to just snack on :)

Happy Baking!

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