Root Beer Float Cookies

This past weekend Tessa was home from college for a visit.  We had so much fun!  Friday we spent the day doing all the things we love together – shopping and eating!!

We found some great finds at Buffalo Exchange, enjoyed tacos, chips, salsa and guacamole at Pour Que No and then checked out a fun new store called Fizz.  It is a soda fountain and candy store.  Just like the good old days!  We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sit at the soda counter and enjoy an ice cream float.  Fizz has lots of different soda flavors to choose from.  I went for blood orange but Tessa went for the tried and true root beer float.  The blood orange was good but is there really anything better than an old fashioned root beer float.  I think root beer and ice cream were just meant to go together.

When I was spending a little time on Pinterest last week I came across a recipe for a root beer float cookie.  Of course I had to give it a try.

The cookie doesn’t actually have root beer soda in it (I just thought the bottle looked good next to the cookies)  The recipe uses root beer concentrate which you can find in the baking aisle, right next to the extracts.

The cookies taste just like root beer and the white chocolate chips add in the creaminess of the ice cream.

I tweaked the original recipe I found on Pinterest and was really happy with the way they turned out.  The cookies are soft and chewy and have a nice root beer flavor, not too strong.

So the next time you get a craving for a root beer float try a root beer float cookie instead!  It’s kind of fun to chew your root beer float instead of drink it.

Root Beer Float Cookies
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Serves: 3 dozen
  • 1 C butter, at room temperature
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 T plus 2 tsp root beer concentrate
  • 3 C flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ C white chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together.
  3. Add in egg. Beat until fluffy.
  4. Add in milk, vanilla and root beer concentrate.
  5. Add in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda. If dough seems a bit dry add it a little more milk, but just a little.
  6. Mix in chips
  7. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack.
  8. Recipe adapted from heatovento350


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Joanna H. says

    The cookies look super yummy, but I just had to say that the picture of you and your daughter is just too sweet… her hat!

  2. Shelly says

    It’s funny how your drinks match your outfits in the picture!!! You coordinate through and through!!!LOL. Love the cookies…

  3. Susan says

    I made these cookies tonight for my sewing class tomorrow. We are making baskets made out of clothesline cover with strips of materials. They tasted just like Root Beer, I noticed that the concentrate is on the thick side. When I printed out to recipe it did not print the picture of the cookies like it used to. It was nice to have a picture with the recipe. Thanks for all the good recipes that I have gotten from your blog. My son and his unit have enjoyed them so much. I mailed their last batch last week and they have already finished them up, but no more mail for them as they will be coming home. I am so happy.

  4. Kelsey says

    Yay!! Thank you for posting and trying the cookies! :) I was so excited when I read this the day you wrote it that I forgot to comment because I was too busy running to the store for root beer concentrate!! Haha.

    Also, Tessa is just gorgeous. I can’t believe how much she’s grown in a year. So lucky you two are so close.

  5. Piper says

    Hi there,
    The pictures of the two of you take me back to that time with my Mom, I miss it. She’s my best friend and I wish I lived closer to her.
    I don’t know what Root Beer Concentrate is or where to find it?

  6. says

    I made these and left them on the counter. When my husband came home, he took a bite of one and made an interesting noise. When I told him what they were, they didn’t taste too bad anymore. I guess when you taste root beer and are expecting chocolate, it doesn’t taste very good:) My family loves them, now that they know they are root beer cookies!

    • says

      When I took the cookies to some friends I made sure and told them they were NOT chocolate but root beer. I can imagine what a surprise it would be to bite into one expecting chocolate and get root beer!! Glad you enjoyed them.

  7. Fran says

    I saw these and immediately went to the store to get root beer extract/concentrate. I have been to every grocery or speciality store in my area and can’t find it anywhere! Is there a substitute I can use to make the cookies?

    • says

      Unfortunately I don’t think there is a substitute. I have always been able to find it in the baking aisle at Safeway or one of my neighborhood grocery stores. Maybe you could buy it on Amazon.

      • Fran says

        Thanks! I did check Safeway, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, etc. I can get it on Amazon…minimum order 6 bottles. Guess I’ll be making a lot of cookies! That’s not a bad thing!

  8. says

    I made these for my daughters graduation party, as party of our cookie buffet, with all kinds of creative cookies. They were a huge hit. The neighbor boy came by the other day and asked if I could make more.

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