In Aveiro today, we spotted a small kiosk with a large sign declaring that it sold “Bolachas Americanas,” meaning American cookies.
Since the availability of American-style cookies (chocolate chip! peanut butter oatmeal!) in Portugal ranges somewhere between rare and nonexistent, I was intrigued. We stepped up and paid our 1.30 euros.
Well. This is a chocolate “American cookie.”
It tastes exactly like a waffle cone. The man inside the kiosk took a pitcher of batter, poured it onto a waffle iron, and closed the lid. A minute later he lifted it, revealing a one-millimeter-thick waffle. Quickly he broke a chocolate square into four pieces, laid them in the center of the waffle, and folded the edges over. Another press of the waffle iron to melt the chocolate and seal the edges, and he produced this little wonder for us.
I suspect it wouldn’t be that great cold, but fresh off the iron, it was delicious. The combination of gooey melted chocolate and crispy waffle made our mouths happy…and my wife, who was originally going to “try it,” ended up eating half.
The search for a real American cookie in Portugal continues, but in the meantime, we’ve found a delicious namesake.