Glossies Made Me Do It: Rachael Ray every day Cocoa Cookie Taco Shell

Welcome to the June edition of Glossies Made Me Do It, a monthly series I’m hosting with Erika of Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans and Lauren of Shooting Stars Mag!

Glossies made me do it...!

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.

When I saw the Cocoa Cookie Taco Shell recipe gracing the cover of Rachael Ray every day, I knew I had to make them. Glossies made me do it...!

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.

When I saw the Cocoa Cookie Taco Shell recipe gracing the cover of Rachael Ray every day, I knew I had to make them. Glossies made me do it...!

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…

When I saw the Cocoa Cookie Taco Shell recipe gracing the cover of Rachael Ray every day, I knew I had to make them. Glossies made me do it...!

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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30 comments

  1. These are so cute! I’m glad at least one turned out for you! Most ideas I try like this don’t usually work so well for me, lol.

    1. I think you are right about the parchment paper. I guess I’ll just have to try them again… 🙂

  2. What a fun idea for a taco! At least you managed to get one good cookie taco. I never know how a recipe will turn out whenever I try it for the first time.

  3. Oh no! I had something similar a few months ago, trying to make a cheese taco shell while on my keto diet. At least it’s a lesson you won’t be forgetting anytime soon?
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  4. Ashley,

    I’m Janet McCracken, and I developed these tacos! I’m so sorry the waxed paper foiled your dish. I’ve found some wax paper is almost like parchment, while some is pretty, well, waxy. Guess you had the waxy stuff.

    I hope you try again using parchment! Letting them cool on the paper really does help them hold their shape (as you found out – I tried too with the same crumbling result). This batter is different than the one in the video, and will not hold it’s shape as it cools without it.

    Happy Cooking!
    Janet

  5. I have quite a few magazines this month, so I’ve been considering what should I do for this month’s post!! AHHHH!! I took pictures and everything. So far June has been busy. WHICH REMINDS ME… I need to email you. 🙂

    Also, these look good and I have the same issue- kudos to you for trying this one!
    xoxo