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Mini ‘Nilla Wafer Cereal with Tom Sawyer

Mini ‘Nilla Wafer Cereal with Tom Sawyer

Making gluten-free cereal has become a bit of a habit of mine. I can’t seem to make heads or tails out of that one, but I’m fairly certain it’s an omen of sorts. Or a bellwether. Or it means absolutely nothing. Not sure just yet.

But, with that in mind, it wasn’t much of a stretch to take my recipe for Gluten-Free ‘Nilla Wafers, and make them into little cookie cereals.

I’m wild about things mini. I wonder if that’s how I ended up with 3 children. Here, mini served a maxi purpose: There had to be some way to finish up this flour test without dying of boredom. And one way or another, we did it.

The Gluten-Free Flour Test is dead. Long live the Gluten-Free Flour Test!

In the way beginning of the test, a number of readers asked me if I was planning to create a master chart of all of the flour test results. At that time, I had no plans of that sort. Now, these 8 weeks later, as I put this test to bed … I still have no plans in that direction. I’ve decided to leave that task to those of you who simply cannot—will not— live without Excel. It’s an executive decision, really. I asked a random executive to make it for me.

Remember Cookie Crisp cereal? Although the concept of luring children into eating breakfast by giving them … cookies … is more than a little disturbing, I have absolutely zero plans to give this to my children as cereal.

It’s for me.

Not for nothing, but Tom killed it with these cookies.  Batter I have made with Tom has tended to be thin and almost runny, which made it really easy to pipe these cookies into super small cuteness. I was moving along at quite a nice little clip when I made these babies. So fun. Way more fun than Excel.

I didn’t even bother smoothing down the tops, just to see what happened. The batter was soft enough that the little tails just melted into the rest of the circles. They look kinda like a cookie version of those bizarre sheets of register tape with little button candies on them. What’s that all about anyway?

I made some of them regular-sized ones, too, in case anyone gets her panties in a bunch about the integrity of the flour test. We’re in the home stretch! No reason to compromise our integrity now, I always say (what? I have too said it).

Oh, and the taste of these Tom’s Nillas was spot on. They browned really well, so they were at their crispity crunchity best in my mouth. Really, really nice.

For the record, I really did take this test very, very seriously. I followed the recipe to the letter each and every time, and was rooting for each flour to succeed in each round, each and every time. I may be kinda married to Better Batter, but we’re really progressive. It’s wide open for me. I calls it like I sees it, and that’s a fact. Here’s how I saw it this round:

Cookie Challenge

Tom Sawyer
Score (1-10)

Cup for cup replacement claim10
Cup for cup replacement result9.0
Ease of use9.0
Raw texture9.0
Cooked texture9.5
Finished appearance9.5
Finished taste9.5
Mouth feel9.5

That’s my final flour test table. I will summarize my overall findings next week. But in words. That’s enough numbers for me for now. Unless that random executive changes her mind. *fingers crossed*


P.S. I’m totally bossing you around tomorrow, but with l-o-v-e. Bossypants Thursdays are all about tough love.

P.P.S. If you buy my book, I’ll totally be your best friend. I would hug you. I hug. Some people don’t hug, but I hug. And not one of those tap-tap hugs. I’m a hug-squeezer.

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  • […] he’s pretty proud of these little babies. They’re inspired by my recipe for gluten-free Nilla Wafers. And, like any good cereal, they might just be best eaten by the handful. Or scattered on ice […]

  • Cynthia
    May 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Those little guys are too cute! My kids would eat them right up….me too!
    Any suggestions on a type of pastry bag to buy for a beginner? I have had no luck without it and I want to pipe these nilla cookies just right. Thank you!

    • May 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      Hi, Cynthia,
      For a pastry bag, I often use disposable ones, but they are stiff and much harder to work with. I would suggest a coated Ateco pastry bag. It’s coated inside so whatever is in the bag doesn’t stick inside. You should be able to find them pretty easily.
      xoxo Nicole

    • Cynthia
      May 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      Thanks Nicole! I have one last question on the bag..what size would be best(12,14,18 etc). They have a few sizes avail on Amazon and I would love to place the order…along with your original cookbook asap.


    • May 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      I’d go with either a 14 inch or a 16 inch cloth plastic-lined bag, Cynthia. If you can, buy one 14 inch and one 16 inch. Smaller than that and you’ll have to refill constantly. Larger than that and the bag will be unwieldy.
      xoxo Nicole

    • Cynthia
      May 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM

      Thank you! Off to order both and your book right now!!!

  • Julia H
    May 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    I’ll admit it, so promise you’ll still hug me…..I’m one of THOSE people. The one who is excited looking forward to that beautiful excel comparison chart!!! I am a chart junkie…sad, I know. If you still love me, I promise to run to the kitchen and make something tasty for my children!! Ok, I’ll do it anyway, but I’ll be THINKING of you when I do. I have poor cookbook #1 all dogearred and stained, so hope book 2 is coming soon!!!!

    Hugs, nice squeezy ones, love….

    • May 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      I can appreciate “those” people, Julia. I just don’t plan to create a chart myself. I’m not anti-chart. :)
      I’m so glad cookbook #1 is well-loved. Book 2 will be here in October. Thanks for the squeezy hug. I’m just not a fan of the polite tap-tap-tap hug. It’s like an air kiss. Why bother?
      xoxo Nicole

  • Patti
    May 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    O they are so cute! Like little buttons!

    Thank you for your work on this. I am working my way through your first cookbook (really ~ trying to do 3-4 recipes a week ~ most are fantastic! Only failure has been the pizza crust & I’ll give that a go again at a later date.) Anyway, appreciate what you have done. Still like Better Batter, but I have branched out a bit as there are some instances where another brand is superior. I have heard that carrot cake made with Tom Sawyer g-free flour is out of this world………….so may have to try that along with some ‘nila wafers!

  • Deanne
    May 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Thank you for all of your dedication and work with the flour test, Nicole! It was so informative and very interesting to see the differences…really! I don’t know how you managed to stick to it, I’d have gotten bored a waaayyyyy long time ago, but I NEVER got bored with your posts and your lessons…nor with your humor…and YES, I indeed find you to be very funny, never mind what that one email said to you about not being funny, she is wrong on too many fronts to mention! I still have not made the banana pudding & Nilla wafers that I promised my cravings I would make, but its on my priority list, for sure! Thank you for your generosity…your wisdom…and your wit!! xoxo Deanne

    • May 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Don’t worry, Deanne! I’m not the baking police. I promise I won’t come after you for failure to bake nilla wafers! I’m so glad you found the test to be informative. It taught me a ton. I don’t know why I waited so long to do it!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Linda Stoddard
    May 9, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    You really had me with the cuteness of the fruit loops a while back, but these little buttons take the cute prize. I’m not a big sweet cereal fan, but I’m thinking these little guys would make darling mini banana cream pies and/or mini tiramisu. Something to fantasize about anyway. In any case, like their creator, these are huggably cute….xoxLinda

    • May 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Thanks, Linda! I love those froot loops, too. And they were so vibrant, all without artificial colors, so everybody was happy. Mini banana pudding or cream pie sounds good. Or mini sandwich cookies. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Kristy B.
    May 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Ahhh! These are so adorable. I can seriously taste them. You’re so awesome for going through this flour test and working to stave off boredom for everyone by mixing it up. We definitely all look to you for good advice. Also, I got my bread to come out! I knew I was on the right track when it rose outside of the oven and then rose another 2 inches once it was baking. You should have seen my happy dance, it was excellent. I couldn’t shut up about it for days. Also, I have book numero uno, and I will be standing in line for numero dos. :)

    • May 9, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      You did it, Kristy! You made bread, and then you did the bread happy dance – as well you should! That’s great. Thanks so much for buying book número uno. Número Dos coming up in October. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • May 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    I’m a little sad that it’s over. I kind of liked seeing what purposes all purpose had. It certainly wasn’t all things to everything.

    I’m making my own head spin. I’ll stop now.

    May I have a bowl of nilla cereal? That did look great and yes, it did look like you were piping button candy.

    I think a wordy post will do, too.

    I learned a lot. Thank you for doing all this.

    • May 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      I’m so glad you got so much out of the test, Lisa. I honestly got way more from it than I bargained for. But if it didn’t end, I might go on a spree. And not a good one. ;)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Anneke
    May 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Totally loved the GF flour test. Really. All of it. Won’t ask you to do it again, though, or ask you to do a spreadsheet. I’ll wait for the words. I like your words. :)

    • May 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      So glad you enjoyed it, Anneke. It really was a game-changer for me in so many ways. I’m grateful to it – and to you, for reading and chatting. :)
      xoxo Nicole

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