Like loose change lurking in couch cushions, half eaten boxes of Nilla Wafers populate our cupboards; buried treasure lost amid the Seven Cs (cookies, crackers, chocolate, cereal, candy, chips, and cola). No Pantry Pirate ever sets out to find Nilla Wafers, instead, Nilla Wafers reveal themselves with the time is right. Just as despair sets in, the weary snacker sets eyes on their golden shores.
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My recipe calls for just a bit of honey, not for its taste, but for its browning properties. Honey lends baked goods a deeper golden color, which is really helpful for giving these cookies the hue that their official counterparts gain from dye.
This is a mash-up of recipes. I'd shelved a banana cake recipe that had a few accidents along the way, but when I remembered the Nilla Wafer cake, I decided to dust it off and give it another go with the new secret ingredient. Mashed up bananas are cooked until reduced and concentrated for a stronger backbone of flavor. Of course, there are Nilla wafer crumbs for that signature vanillin flavor, and brown sugar and buttermilk are also ingredients. It's moist, rich, complex and coated with brown sugar cream cheese icing. It's sensational. Wish I had a piece of it left.