Sleep all day. Party all night. It’s fun to be a vampire. And eat treats…
License to Drive, Dream a Little Dream, Lucas, Murphy’s Romance, Watchers, Blown Away, Shark City, Demolition High, and Silver Bullet-if you were a boy-crazed girl of the 80’s and 90’s, you may guess what all these films have in common; besides relatively interesting soundtracks.
Corey Haim. You know, The Haimster; the Canadian actor that catapulted to teen stardom alongside his more subdued sidekick, Corey C-Dog Feldman. (It’s actually kind of sick that I can remember their nicknames).
Truthfully, I really adored Corey Feldman just as much as his partner in Hollywood crime. After all, he did take down Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part 4, battled pesky Gremlins, and befriended Sloth in The Goonies. But Corey Haim *insert dreamy sigh* was simply more adorable, more stylish, had the great hair, and was just plain fun to watch in movies. No matter how bad *ahem Just One of the Girls*.
Even if you weren’t a fan of the dynamic teen duo, if you were a horror and/or vampire fan in the 80’s, you were inevitably sucked into The Lost Boys. Bad boy teen vamps emulating Peter Pan’s tribe of lost boys carrying the mantra “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.” Corey Haim’s role as total 80’s fashion victim Sam, was one of his greatest shining moments, and I’m not just saying that because it’s a horror movie. (Although that does help).
Before and after, Haim continued to flirt with the horror genre. He starred in an awesome werewolf movie, Silver Bullet, based off a short story by Stephen King and a teen slasher film, Fever Lake.
But my fan-atic heart always leads me straight back to The Lost Boys.
Some of its quirks-The screwball vampire hunter brothers, Edgar and Allan Frog (named in honor of the novelist Edgar Allan Poe); the poster of a seductively posed Rob Lowe hanging on Sam’s wall that makes me go “hmmm” every time I watch it; and Grandpa-whose only complaint about Santa Carla is all the damn vampires.
Sadly, Corey Haim passed away on this day three years ago. Although I wasn’t a fan of his comeback reality show, I still considered the movies of his younger and wilder past iconic to my youth. And he was, after all, a brother in horror. In remembrance to him and (in my humble opinion) one of his best films, I present a couple goodies to die for, Grandpa’s Root Beer Whoopie Pies and Oreo truffles. Hunh? What’s the connection?
The Recipes: One of Grandpa’s rules specifically explained to Michael and Sam included hands off his root beer and Double Stuffed Oreo cookies. The Lost Boys lived by the creed “rules were made to be broken”, and I did just that with these indulgent and easy-to-make treats. My version of the creamy, guilty cookie balls are dipped in svelte almond bark and sprinkled with the remains of crumbly Oreos. The whoopie pies are like vanilla pillows stuffed with feather light root beer-y cream, and they really are the next best thing to a frothy root beer float! Got milk everyone??
(Makes at least 2 dozen, depending on how big you make em)
1 standard package of regular Oreo cookies
1 8ounce cream cheese-room temperature (no low fat. That really defeats the purpose of these treats).
1 pd block of almond bark
Wax paper and a large freezer sturdy Ziploc bag
2 cookie sheets and a rolling pin
How to make em:
1. Place all of the cookies in the large Ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin, brutally crush and roll over the cookies until nothing but crumbs remain.
2. Add all but about 3 Tbsp of the cookies to a large mixing bowl along with the softened cream cheese. (The remains will be used in the topping).
3. By hand, mix the cookies into the cream cheese until a mushy dough forms.
4. Roll the cookie dough into balls (anywhere from 1-3” depending on the size you desire. Of course, you will have more truffles the smaller they are made).
5. Place the cookie balls onto wax paper covered cookie sheets. Flash freeze the truffles for about 5-6 minutes until just firm.
6. Meanwhile, melt the almond bark according to package directions until creamy.
7. Immerse each truffle into the hot melted coating using a spoon or cool dipping fork. (I own one and they are neat!)
8. Sprinkle all the coated truffles with the remaining cookie crumbs and refrigerate for later enjoyment.
Root Beer Float Whoopie Pies
Vanilla Whoopie Cakes
(Makes a dozen 4” pies or 2 dozen 2” pies)
1 stick (1/2 c) butter (room temp, please)
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla (the purest you can get. No imitation allowed).
1 c buttermilk
2 1/3 c flour
1 c sugar
1 ¼ tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
Cookie sheets and parchment paper or a whoopie pie pan; cookie scoop
How to make em:
Obligatory Reminder: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. If you are using a whoopie pie pan, grease em down.
1. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer w/paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla into light and fluffy submission. Add the egg.
2. In a separate bowl, add together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
3. Add the flour mix to the creamed mix until just combined. Add the buttermilk.
Tip: Do not overbeat the batter unless you want stony, tough pillow pies.
4. Using a cookie scoop, add the batter by the scoopful, leaving 2” of space between each cake. They will spread a bit.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-11 minutes. They will be firm to the touch. Transfer the cakes to a wire rack immediately.
6. When the cakes are completely cooled, match up whoopie halves and fill with root beer filling. Yum!
Root Beer Marshmallow Filling:
½ c vegetable shortening
2/3 c Marshmallow Fluff
1-2 c powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp root beer extract
4 Tbsp root beer (I make mine with Mugs)
Pastry bag and large star tip for piping in the filling OR just a spoon
How to Make Em:
1. With a hand mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together the shortening and the Marshmallow Fluff into a creamy submission.
2. On low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar until just combined.
3. Add all the liquids. Beat another 3 minutes on medium speed.
4. Test for consistency. You may need to add a few tablespoons of powdered sugar if your filling is to unstable or runny.
Tip: I make the filling the night before assembling the pies. This settling period gives the root beer time to mingle and I get a more intense root beer flavor. Your choice. Just saying.
5. Add the filling to a pastry bag decked out with a large star tip. Pipe the filling on the inside of half of each pie for a polished presentation.
6. Top with the other vanilla pie half. Squish and enjoy!
Until next time…Stay Spooky, my fiends!