It is a truth universally acknowledged that some substitutions in baking will have dire results. From Red Velvet Heart Cookies to Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes, I’ve managed to whip up some tasty desserts that could handle the limits of a partially stocked kitchen. But yesterday, I met my match, and it’s all because of wax paper.
When I saw the Cocoa Cookie Taco Shell recipe gracing the cover of Rachael Ray every day, I knew I had to make them. They look like the perfect summertime treat and a really yummy way to eat ice cream.
The chocolaty batter came together like a dream, but when I got to forming the cookie taco shells, it all fell apart. Quite literally. You see, the recipe calls for parchment paper, but I only had wax paper. It seemed like an easy substitution, and I went on my merry baking way.
After spreading the batter onto tiny squares of wax paper and baking them for ten minutes at 350 degrees, I carefully draped the baked discs over a rolling pin, wooden spoon handle, and anything else that I could find that was roundish. After letting the shells cool, I went to remove the wax paper and discovered that I could not. The wax paper had glued itself onto the cookie.
The waxy surface acting like glue is something I should have thought about from the very beginning, but I’ve used waxed paper for the occasional cake, and I assumed it would work this time around. I tried baking the shells without any paper at all, but the poor cookies crumbled without any support to hold them together while draped over the rolling pin.
Now, it’s quite possible that the cookie tacos weren’t going to be a success even with the parchment paper. This video shows you how to drape the shells paper free, but I had no luck at all with that. I’m calling this one of those trial and error recipes, the kind you have to make several times before getting right.
The good news is that I managed to get one perfect cookie taco shell! I dipped in cream cheese frosting, covered it in sprinkles, and filled it with cake batter ice cream. It was quite good, and I might have to attempt this recipe again…
What did glossies make you do this month?
P.S. If you’re looking for a no-fail recipe, try these Apple Nachos!
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