Okay, so I have a confession.
Two Christmases ago (Christmas 2011), my sister and I made these big plans to bake a bunch of Christmas cookies. We narrowed it down to six different, scrumptious recipes. We divvied up who would buy what ingredients. We bought the supplies to package them up super cute (and they were SUPER cute).
Then we never made the cookies.
We didn't bake a single one. And we ended up returning all the adorable little plastic pails the cookies never graced.
But that's not my confession.
Most of the ingredients were pretty typical things that were pretty quickly used up in my regular baking and such. Except for the Nabisco chocolate wafers.
I felt like they were kind of hard to find, so I held on to them. And they have been sitting in my pantry ever since.
I used them for the crust of this chocolate pie. And do the math: they were over 16 months old! Way past their "best if used by" date.
But my family is not dead from eating old cookies. They didn't even notice until I told them (after they'd already eaten plenty of pie).
Moral of the story: Nabisco Chocolate Wafers hold up remarkably well, and chocolate pie covers many sins.
Classic Diner-Style Chocolate Pie (printable recipe)
Recipe courtesy of Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. Copied with permission.