Root Beer Cookies Recipe
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Root Beer Cookies Recipe

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Since it's too difficult to take along root beer floats on a picnic, take these cookies instead! I've found the flavor is even better the next day. The hard part is convincing my family to wait that long before sampling them. —Violette Bawden, West Valley City, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 teaspoon root beer concentrate
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons root beer concentrate or extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 262 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 206 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in buttermilk and root beer concentrate. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in pecans.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a small bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Frost cooled cookies. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with McCormick root beer concentrate.
Originally published as Root Beer Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p228

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Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"We didn't like these at all. They turned out quite bland, flat, and somehow doughy even though I kept them in the oven for a little over 12 minutes. Not sure what I did wrong, but with so many other delicious cookie recipes I've found on this site to make instead, I won't be giving these another try."

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"I've had root beer extract in my cupboard for some time & I'd only used it once. I will be using it more often in these yummy cookies!"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"really good and better next day"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"My family loves these cookies. The cookies themselves do not have much root beer flavor; you must use the icing. Plus, we actually doubled the root beer concentrate in the icing. People always think they are chocolate when we take them places, but soon discover the fun!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"These were a very tasty and nice soft cookie. My only complaint was that the needed more root beer flavor."

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