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Root Beer Float Cookies Recipe

Root Beer Float Cookies are a delicious and fun cookie. Perfect for your party tray. These easy drop cookies have a delicious and unique root beer flavor everyone is sure to love. 

Our blog Friend Amy Gagnon says “Oh my goodness!!!!! The first cookies just came out of the oven and are cool enough to sample…….oh my goodness!!!!

THEY ARE SO YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be making another batch for the end of the school year party, the kindergarten kids are sure to love these!”

Sometimes Serendipity happens. This Root Beer Float Cookies recipe was generously gifted to us by our Reader, Miss Karen. Miss Karen lives over 6,000 feet up in the Colorado Mountains.

We got to know each other over my Irish Oat Bread Recipe . I discovered it’s quite the challenge to be a high altitude bread baker. Karen added her adjustments to the recipe for others that live way up high in the sky.

And then Karen told me about her cookbook in process. She kindly offered this recipe to us. I’m absolutely thrilled to share it with you. Keep your eye out for more of Karen’s fabulous dishes.

Rootbeer Float Cookies

Root Beer Float Cookies Recipe Tips:

This recipe makes a lot of cookies. We had 36- 2 inch cookies. Fortunately, they freeze well. 🙂

If you are using a stand mixer this recipe is simple to do on low or medium speeds. Just stop the mixer often when adding the dry ingredients so you don’t get a face full of flour dust.

And you don’t want to over mix it either. Cookies are all about “until just combined”. Hand mixing works great for these cookies if you have a bit of muscle.

Cherry Red Kitchen Aid Making Root Beer Float Cookies
Kayti’s Cherry Red Kitchen Aid hard at work

If you love root beer these cookies need to go to your house. 

Author Miss Karen says….

“I think this should be my recipe of the year for 2015…
The only thing missing is the straw!”

Rootbeer Float Cookies

This is a very easy drop cookie recipe. the ONLY tricky part is this.  You need to find the Root Beer Float CONCENTRATE. NOT root beer extract.

Karen Recommends Watkins Root Beer Concentrate. She finds it at Walmart. If you can’t find it in your local stores(I couldn’t) order McCormicks 2 oz. Root Beer Concentrate on Amazon.

Root Beer Float Cookies With Rootbeer Concentrate
LOOK for Root beer CONCENTRATE

That’s what I did and it worked great. SO worth it to get that perfect root beer flavor.

Karen tip: The white chocolate chips should have a high percentage of cocoa butter (like the first or second ingredient) Karen prefers Trader Joe’s mini white chips or King Arthur Flour’s chips.

Rootbeer Float Cookies

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Cream the butter and the sugars. We used a kitchen aid stand mixer on medium low. A large wooden spoon and bowl or electric hand mixer will work well too.
  3. Add the egg and beat (Or whisk)until fluffy.
  4. Add the milk, vanilla extract and root beer concentrate.
  5. In a medium bowl Whisk together the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda.
  6. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet batter until thoroughly combined.
  7. Stir in the white chocolate chips. I use Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chips
  8. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart, on parchment (or silicone mat) lined cookie sheets. (I like to use an ice cream scoop for even size)

Your Printable Recipe:

Root Beer Float Cookies With Rootbeer Concentrate
Yield: 36 cookies

Root Beer Float Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
cooling time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Delicious Root Beer Float Cookies. The only thing missing from this scrumptious treat is the straw!

Ingredients

  • 1 CUP BUTTER, at room temp
  • 1 CUP SUGAR
  • 1 CUP BROWN SUGAR
  • 1 LARGE EGG
  • 2 TBSP.MILK
  • 1 TBSP + 2 tsp. ROOT BEER CONCENTRATE, NOT extract
  • 1 tsp. VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 3 CUPS FLOUR
  • 1 tsp. CREAM of TARTAR
  • 1 tsp. BAKING SODA
  • 1 ½ CUPS WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Cream the butter and the sugars.
  3. Add the egg and beat until fluffy.
  4. Add the milk, vanilla extract and root beer concentrate.
  5. Whisk together the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda.
  6. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet batter until thoroughly combined.
  7. Stir in the White Chocolate chips until mixed.
  8. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart, on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until just set.
  10. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes.

Notes

From Karen :

"I think this should be my recipe of the year…

The only thing missing is the straw!"

Karen Recommends Watkins Root Beer Concentrate. She finds it at Walmart. If you can't find it in your local stores(I couldn't) order McCormicks 2 oz. Root Beer Concentrate or Zatarains Rootbeer Concentrate on Amazon. I have used both and the flavor is perfect. It's SO worth it to get that perfect root beer flavor.

Karen tip: The white chocolate chips should have a high percentage of cocoa butter (like the first or second ingredient) Karen prefers Trader Joe's mini white chips or King Arthur Flour's chips.

Nutrition Information

Yield

36

Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 164Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 20mgSodium 86mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 0gSugar 15gProtein 2g

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Sheryl

Monday 9th of August 2021

Is the McCormicks concentrate coloured? The Watkins brand is clear and my cookies did not get that nice rootbeer colouring. They also don’t taste much like rootbeer so I wonder if McCormicks has more flavour too?

Sheryl

Monday 30th of August 2021

@Diane, Nope…mine is the concentrate. Maybe Watkins is different in Canada? Unfortunately the Zatarains on Amazon.ca is $33 compared to about $6 on Amazon.com. Hopefully travel to the US will be back to normal soon.

Diane

Monday 9th of August 2021

Hi Sheryl, I THINK you used extract rather than root beer concentrate. As I mention in the post they are different and give very different results. I'm pretty sure both are colorless. But grocery stores tend to carry only the extract. Zatarains has a concentrate for only $7.00 on Amazon. Thank you asking this question. We are going to be making a video for these in the near future. Have a wonderful day.

Virginia

Thursday 24th of December 2020

What is Root Beer Consentrate?

Diane

Thursday 24th of December 2020

Hi Virginia, Here is an Amazon link to root beer concentrate. It is what you want to make these cookies and have a good result. You may be able to find it in the stores. It is NOT the extract. Concentrate will give you a better flavor in these cookies. Happy holidays!

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