I grabbed two bottles, then promptly stuffed them in the cupboard with my other extracts and forgot about them for awhile. Then I saw two recipes in one week using it. Since it has been chilly and my freezer is overstuffed, the Root Beer Ice Cream will wait a bit. First up – Root Beer Float Cookies.
Not only had I never seen the Root Beer Concentrate in the store before, but I had never seen the Root Beer Float Cookie Mix or the ready made cookies either until I did a search this morning. Well, these are better because they are homemade. At least I think so. Not really a fair comparison because I haven’t tasted the others, I suppose, but it is my blog and I like homemade cookies.
Joan at Chocolate Chocolate and More, made them more wafer like and turned them into frosted sandwich cookies. Take one look at hers and you will know why I had to try them.
I made one pan of the cookies exactly like hers. Then I got colossally lazy and dreaded the making the frosting and filling them part. And the light bulb went off over my head – Vanilla Chips!! Remember, I had never seen the mix or cookies in the store, so I thought I was brilliant. Turns out that is exactly what is in the store bought ones. Oh well.
I added a bit more flour so the cookies didn’t spread as much and baked another dozen. The rest of the dough went into the freezer to bake up later.
The taste is good. The Root Beer flavor wasn’t very strong, more of an aftertaste so my recipe adds a bit more of the concentrate. The vanilla chips add that hint of Root Beer Float. For more vanilla taste you can make these into sandwich cookies with either vanilla buttercream icing or vanilla ice cream. Which is the real reason I didn’t bake them all the other day. I am waiting to get to the store for ice cream.
Disclaimer – McCormick isn’t sponsoring this post. And obviously Betty Crocker and Nabisco aren’t either. You should be able to use any brand of the Root Beer Concentrate. As a reference, the McCormick brand uses 1 1/2 teaspoons per liter of club soda to make Root Beer.
Until next time, happy eating.