Recipe 60: Vanilla-Chocolate Wafers

Another log cookie. This one more complicated than the rest.

Vanilla-Chocolate Wafers

 

Yin-yang inspired? I wasn’t hopeful of the results. 

Here we go.

Step 1: Gather ingredients: Flour, powdered sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, butter, salt, egg yolk. 
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Step 2: Sift flour and salt in a bowl. 
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Got it. Still the easy part.

Step 3: Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. 
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Uh huh.

Step 4: Mix in egg yolk and vanilla. 
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Step 5: Gradually add flour mixture. 
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Still doing okay.

Step 6: Divide dough in half. Add cocoa powder to one half. 
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Here comes the hard part.

Step 7: Roll into 2 10-inch logs. 
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Xander didn’t think I was bad at it.

Step 8: Chill until slightly firm, 30 minutes. 

Step 9: Press handle of a long wooden spoon into side of chocolate log, making an indentation along its length. Roll handle, creating an apostrophe shape. 
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I do not have a wooden spoon with a round handle.

Wait! I found my spatula with an…oval handle. It was the best shot I had.

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And it sucked. The ends of the log cracked and it looked nothing like an apostrophe.

Step 10: Repeat with vanilla log and fit logs together. 
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You might also read this step as “give up and just squish them together.”

Step 11: Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes, then slice and bake. 
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OMG you guys, OMG. They actually almost look right. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

I’m still in shock, but I’ll take it.

Link to original recipe

Yields: 48
I got: 35

Start time: 10:00
End time: 12:00 (2 hours)
Martha’s estimated time: 1 hour, 50 mins

What did I learn? 

  • Having the right tools might make for a better experience.
  • Freezing the log makes it easier to slice.
  • These still impressed people.

What do I need to learn? 

  • How did they end up looking almost correct?
  • How do I please my toughest critics?

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Grab a cup o’ joe and a stack of these and have yourself a good day.

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One response to “Recipe 60: Vanilla-Chocolate Wafers

  1. They look awesome! Maybe log cookies aren’t your enemy after all?

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