Root Beer Float Cookies Recipe
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Root Beer Float Cookies Recipe

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A hint of good, old-fashioned root beer flavors these chewy-soft cookies. They're great with ice cream! —Jim Gordon, Beecher, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon root beer concentrate
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon root beer concentrate

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 118 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 98 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and root beer concentrate. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape dough into 3/4-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the filling ingredients until smooth. Spread on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
To Make Ahead: Package cookies in an airtight container, separating layers with waxed paper and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in a single layer before filling.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with McCormick root beer concentrate.
Originally published as Root Beer Float Cookies in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2012, p131

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"I rolled the dough out to make cutouts. I found a cookie cutter in the shape of a Soda Glass which worked out just great. I put the frosting on top to look like foam from the Root Beer. They were an absolute with kids as well as adults. Taste like you were having a Root Beer Float!"

Reviewed May. 13, 2015

"Silkiepearls, I bought mine recently at Walmart. It is Watkins brand and it is in the same section with the vanilla extract, etc."

Reviewed May. 12, 2015

"where do you find root beer concentrate or extract?"

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"I've made a number of Taste of Home recipes. I've wanted to try this one for a long time. Today, I finally did. I really like them.

One thing I do not quite understand is the photo shows the filling as white. My filling was brown. I used Zatarain's root beer concentrate. Are there root beer concentrates that are lighter in colour?
BTW - I made 22 cookie sandwiches with the recipe.."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"I agree with nanadean1 about the filling. The cookie has a great root beer flavor but there is no "float" to it. A vanilla filling would provide it. The cookie must be very small to get 30 portions. I only got 14 cookies that measured 2 1/2 inches which is a nice cookie size. Overall great flavor and texture. Thank you."

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