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Root Beer Float Cookies

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
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, beat the filling ingredients until smooth. Spread on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 118 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
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  • jstowellsupermom
    Nov 9, 2019

    Great cookie!! Soft and chewy and had a nice root beer flavor. I flattened the cookie a bit before baking and they turned out perfect.

  • Hot Dodge
    Apr 23, 2018

    These were pretty good, but I did follow some of the other reviews. I flattened the cookies half way through baking. For the cream filing I did 1/4 teaspoon of root beer extract and 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla, so the root beer flavor wouldn't be too much. I will make these again, but I think instead of doing a sandwich cookie, I will just frost one half then it's not so much.

  • humchuckinaface
    Feb 12, 2018

    My husband loved these cookies. Will be making again soon for friends.

  • kimspacc
    Aug 26, 2016

    I really wanted to like these but found the amount of root beer flavor and aftertaste overpowering. Perhaps they would improve with a different brand of root beer extract. I used vanilla flavoring or the filling instead to keep it white and would also suggest flattening the cookies before baking.

  • caeden
    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!

  • PraisingHimAlways
    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.

  • silkiepearls
    May 12, 2015

    where do you find root beer concentrate or extract?

  • MarkySF
    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..

  • paul3303
    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.

  • insomniaticArchaeopteryx
    Aug 30, 2013

    These cookies were a very nice dainty treat to have around the house. Flattening them before or in the middle of the set cooking time would defiantly be something I will do next time to aid in appearance. They end up quite fluffy. Overall, they were fantastic!I used soda stream root beer syrup instead of extract. It works just as well!