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Root Beer Float Whoopie Pies (a recipe to honor memories)
Root Beer brings back a lot of childhood memories for me. My parent’s were always into one project or another. When we were kids, my dad made and bottled root beer with my brother and I. We even tried digging up some sassafras roots to make our own extract once, but that didn’t work out so well (it was dreadful). Boy, were we excited to drink that homemade soda. It was never quite as bubbly as the store bought stuff, but we thought we were mighty cool making it (or should I say hovering over our father while he made it). Now, root beer floats are a fond memory for any kid, but when you make them with your own homemade root beer… that blows the fun quotient up a little bigger.
Now what could replicate the fun of homemade root beer, without actually making root beer soda, well, the “funnest” of all desserts of course the whoopie pie.
No, I didn’t dig up any sassafras roots to make these whoopie pies. I actually think it is illegal to do so in my state & unless treated first does have some mildly poisonous properties. I used good old McCormick Root Beer Concentrate to make them (as well as a Root Beer Float Sugar Scrub, which I will be sharing with you in a few days). It was probably what we used to make that childhood root beer too.
In 1889, Willoughby M. McCormick went door to door selling one of McCormick & Company’s first products, Root Beer Extract. From there, the product quickly rose in popularity and led to a trending sensation of root beer floats and root beer home brewing in the early 1900s.
- ¼ cup shortening, room temp.
- ½ cup butter, room temp.
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 cups flour
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup milk (or water)
- 2½ tsp McCormick Root Beer Extract
- ½ tsp McCormick Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup shortening
- 3 cups confectionery sugar
- 2 tsp McCormick Vanilla Extract
- **add a tsp or two of milk if frosting is too thick for you
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and prep baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Cream together the butter, shortening, sugars and salt. Add the remaining cake ingredients and mix well.
- Ladle approx. 2 tbs of the batter onto parchment, leaving a couple inches between.
- Bake for approximately 10 minutes, until center of batter has set.
- Cool on racks.
- Whisk together the frosting filling.
- Once the cakes are cool frost underside of one, and place another on top to make a sandwich. Serve.
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Well, I’ve Shared my Flavor Story with you. What flavors bring memories and stories to your mind?