Looks good, doesn’t it? I had never had vanilla wafer cookies before (P.S. extremely expensive imported product) and had no idea what to expect. I bit into a piece, all excited…and was dismayed to find that the artificial vanilla taste was overwhelming and distracted my taste buds from the actual brownie. When you eat a brownie you expect to be assaulted by chocolatey goodness, not vanilla + sugar. But the whole way through, all I could taste was vanilla. *sad panda* True, I reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup only and I used 75% dark chocolate and skipped the chocolate chips and yes, I used vanilla cookies in the crust…omg TFC are you stupid?! Of course you would taste vanilla! I know. But I doubt following the recipe to a T would have made the vanilla taste less any IN MAH FACE.
Lessons learned: Vanilla wafer cookies are rubbish. Digestive cookies would highly likely make a better crust. Or better yet, don’t faff around with brownies by giving them a crust! Just kidding. Crusts are good. Just not crusts made with bloody vanilla wafer cookies.