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Root Beer Float Cookies Recipe

Root Beer Float Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with McCormick root beer concentrate.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional 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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kimspacc User ID: 1340117 253193
Reviewed 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 User ID: 824550 233766
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!"

PraisingHimAlways User ID: 1895995 226276
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."

silkiepearls User ID: 8196997 226234
Reviewed May. 12, 2015

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

MarkySF User ID: 8332916 224688
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.."

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 98498
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."

insomniaticArchaeopteryx User ID: 7382670 104640
Reviewed 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!"

[email protected] User ID: 2450288 183215
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"I just have a question. Can rootbeer extract be used in place of the concentrate?"

kitchenmaid User ID: 62335 121604
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"I made this recipe yesterday. It turned out very good. The only thing I would recomend is to flatten the cookies before baking... Mine were a little more puffier than the picture... The texture was good and I made no changes..."

mdv6253 User ID: 1485861 180863
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"Made these for the kids and staff at a summer camp and couldn't make enough of them!! Used root beer syrup from Williams Sonoma stores! A definite hit!!"

nanadean1 User ID: 1650237 179044
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"Loved the root beer flavor and found the root beer concentrate right the others said it was. My question: why does the filling look white in the picture? Adding the root beer concentrate makes it a dark brown. Should it be vanilla instead?"

7sophie14 User ID: 6995159 210609
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"Really enjoyed this recipe. Made it just as the recipe is written. Might add a touch more of flour next time, but we found this recipe a nice new favorite."

Csrwinediva User ID: 5824737 180861
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

"Fantastic recipe! I shared them with friends and most of them said they could eat the whole plate!!"

7sophie14 User ID: 6995159 97414
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2013

"Thank you sbdietz. I found it today at Walmart. Amazon also sells it, but I was in a hurry. Gonna try them this weekend and let you all know how they turn out."

sbdietz User ID: 5047505 164938
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2013

"I found root beer concentrate in the baking section of my Super Walmart (the one that stocks groceries) -- right next to the vanilla. Haven't made the cookies yet, tho."

7sophie14 User ID: 6995159 183214
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

"Also wondering where to buy root beer concentrate? Wal-Mart? Can't wait to try the recipe."

0127 User ID: 4709323 166773
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"Haven't tried them yet! They sound yummy. Where do I purchase Root Beer Concentrate?"

miss.pat User ID: 7110519 210608
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"This is a very good recipe. My husband said its his new favorite. I will share some with my co-workers."

Travale User ID: 1709114 162939
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

"Makes about 15 reasonable sized servings. Very popular at my house. Definite make again."

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