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My mother used to make this very often when we were young, and I JUST noticed a similar version of this on the box of Nabisco Famous Chocolate wafers. On the box, it’s in the form of a log cake. That must be where Mom got her inspiration. Hers were individual little stacks. I have to say, I think I like her way better. It’s more individual, and to me, prettier. It is EXTREMELY easy, versatile, and even fun for the kids to make, yet, it can look very elegant when “dressed up”. You can flavor the whipped cream any way you like. Simply add a teaspoon or so of pure vanilla, or kick it up a bit with Kahlua, Amaretto, and get that fabulous chocolate/orange flavor if you add an orange liquor. The Hazelnut flavor of Frangelico is great too. Of course, you’d adjust your toppings to compliment the flavoring you use. For example, chocolate covered or roasted coffee beans are fabulous grated and added to the whipped cream, and use a whole bean to top it if you use Kahlua. Amaretto flavoring is nice to include either the salted roasted almond, or candied. (Sweet and salty, ooooh, great combo.) Hazelnuts, with Frangelico, and if you use the orange liquor, candied orange rind, or a mandarin wedge. Yum. Use your imagination and your favorite flavors. You can’t go wrong with this beautiful, tasty, little dessert. The hardest part of this recipe is finding a store that carries the Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers.
You can either make your own whipped cream, or use a ready-made whipped cream, or even Cool Whip. Add an optional flavoring of your choice, about 2-4 t for about 8 oz of whipped cream. Blend well. Set aside.
Prepare the toppings. Either grate or chop nuts, coffee beans, whatever your choice, but leave some whole for the garnish, and a few to place on the plate around the stack. A cherry on top is also beautiful with a small mint leaf, or a pretty little pansy. Pansies are edible, and add both beauty and flavor.
Another idea! If you want a chocolate filling, add Hershey’s cocoa powder to the whipped cream blending well. If using Cool Whip, the consistency gets a little weird at first, but keep stirring with a fork, or small whisk, so it will become creamy again. You can also add flavors to this, the orange would be awesome! (hmmm, so would the coffee, or almond, or hazelnut!)
Now to assemble.
For each stack, you’ll use 4 chocolate wafer cookies. Place one wafer on a serving tray, (that can be refrigerated)
(*NOTE at this point for added flavor and faster softening of the wafer, you can lightly brush each wafer with liquor before placing the dollop of whipped cream)
With a kitchen teaspoon, place a small dollop of whipped cream on the wafer. Sprinkle a dusting of topping, place another wafer on top, pressing slightly. Repeat with more cream, topping, wafer, until the 4th wafer is on the top. Add a small dollop of cream, a wisp of topping, then a whole piece of topping, be it a whole nut, coffee bean etc. This is one serving.
Repeat constructing stacks until all ingredients are used.
Lightly cover tray of desserts with a sheet plastic wrap, and “cook” in refrigerator for approximately 4 hours or longer, overnight is even ok. Be careful not to crush the top. The moisture from the whipped cream softens the wafers and makes them into a cake like consistency.