My theme – I have selected a cookie for each day and a book that begins with the letter of the day. I also added a few fun facts about the cookie and/or its ingredients. In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake. By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.
Vanilla Wafers, to use in my banana pudding, it took the A to Z challenge to help me discover that I could make my own. I'm not sure how these cookies would hold up in a banana pudding as they are much softer and a lot sweeter than the boxed version. The taste is similar to a very rich sugar cookie and is extremely delicious! I baked two-dozen and they barely lasted long enough for me to take the picture. Since this cookie is ready in 30 minutes, including prep time, I will bake them again. I'm just not sure if I'll use them in my banana pudding, although telling my guests I'd baked the wafers myself would make me feel like a real Martha Stewart.
Fun Facts – If you've ever done type of baking you're probably familiar with vanilla or, at least, vanilla extract, but are you aware that the history of vanilla goes back to ancient times? The vanilla, defined as "little pod" in Spanish, bean was first cultivated by the Totonac Indians of Mexico. They used it in rituals long before Columbus came to America. It was also used as a medicine and as a perfume. Interestingly enough, the Totonac Indians didn't use it for flavoring. It was adopted by the Aztecs after the Totonacs were conquered in the 15th century. The Aztecs mixed it with chocolate to make their tasty drink chocolatl.
Book Buddy – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader", the third book in the series (fifth in chronological order) of The Chronicles of Narnia, where Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, as well as their priggish cousin, Eustace Scrubb, return to Narnia. There they accompany King Caspian on a voyage to find the seven lords who were banished when Caspian's uncle Miraz stole the throne. This perilous journey brought them face to face with many wonders and dangers, as they sailed toward Aslan's Country at the eastern end of the world.
Have you read any the Chronicles of Narnia? Do you have a favorite? Do you think you'll try these vanilla wafers in your next banana pudding?