Root Beer Float Cookies

"Oh yeah, baby! Your favorite childhood drink in a cookie form! A great novelty cookie, especially good for root beer lovers (like moi!)"
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Ready In:
60 cookies




  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  • In a large bowl combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, 1 cup butter, buttermilk and eggs, 2 teaspoons root beer extract and vanilla.
  • Beat at medium speed until well blended.
  • Add flour baking soda and salt.
  • Beat on low speed until dough forms.
  • Drop by heaping teaspoonful 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
  • In a mixing bowl combine frosting ingredients beat at low speed of electric mixer until smooth.
  • Spread frosting on evenly over cookies.
  • Let dry completely before storing in container.
  • Makes 5 dozen cookies.

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  1. What a fun cookie! I halved the recipe and still ended up with alot! I served these at my ladies Bible study group and they were devoured in no time! Everyone loved the fact that they were so different for the ordinary. The cookies held their "drop" shape while they baked, so if you are planning to ice them I would recommend rolling them into balls and flattening slightly. However these cookies are super even without the added icing! Thanks for sharing this fun treat!
  2. These cookies are very good. Soft and chewy the way a good cookie should be.:) The only thing I would say is to make a double batch of the frosting. One batch did not quite cover all and with double you can put on a little extra. Very yummy.
  3. What a delicious, unexpected flavor! Zatarains makes root beer extract and sells it online for much less than other vendors, so I ordered some for this recipe and am I ever glad I did! Mine ended up crisp, but as Pamela said they do hold their drop shape unless you flatten them out... we enjoyed them as is. I actually tripled the frosting recipe in order to cover all of the cookies, and boy are they delicious. I can't wait to share them with others and get their reaction... the flavor is such a wonderful surprise! Thanks so much for this outstanding recipe!!! Dianne
  4. Kudos for an original idea! Very easy to prepare. I purchased root beer extract through Watkins products--I like their quality. I would also recommend doubling the icing recipe---I really had to scrape the bowl to get all the cookies frosted. <br/>I took a chance in making these cookies, as I wasn't sure how many family members are root beer fans (I know my son is). I think you may have to let folks know ahead of time that these are root beer-flavored. The brain can make some pretty strange associations when it doesn't have all the information needed, and when my husband, daughter and son tried to guess the flavor, they came up with Pepto-Bismol and cough syrup (Why would anyone make a dessert with those flavors?--lol). I told them it was root beer, and they all said "OH YEAH!" I made the cookies yesterday (full recipe), and they are already half gone.<br/>P.S: I also use the root beer extract in the sauce when making pulled pork.
  5. I took these to a family gathering and they were as big a hit with the adults as with the kids. I will definitely make these again and again. Thanks for the recipe!


  1. Awesome!! I love the uniqueness of the recipe & the flavour, too. Cookies are nice & moist & fancied up with the frosting. I just used skim milk in place of the buttermilk & half & half and still found the cookies to be rich enough. I also had to double the frosting to do all the cookies.
  2. My 5 year old son and I made these tonight. As I was adding ingredients, I poured 1 teaspoon of the root beer flavoring and noticed that I had the concentrate instead of extract. Is there a difference? I am not sure, when I bought it, it was the only "root beer" thing available. They were brown, but taste good! I prefer the cookie dough itself. We kept snitching the dough. I halved the frosting recipe because he liked them without and I like them with! I am curius to know what they look like and taste like with extract instead of the concentrate.


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