Root Beer Float Cookies

Sometimes nothing beats a good root beer float. Or at least that’s what I thought until I tried these Root Beer Float Cookies.  While at first I was not quite sure what to expect, that first bite tasted so familiar.  Then it hit me – these cookies taste like a root beer float!

The dough is very simple to make and takes around 10 minutes. To make it easier to work with, I recommend refrigerating the dough for a couple hours (if you can wait overnight, even better).

There are flecks of root beer barrel candies studded throughout each cookie, adding some texture, color and root beer flavor. They are topped with a simple root beer drizzle and additional crushed candies, if desired.  The best part…each cookie comes in around 70 calories!

Root Beer Float Cookies
Yields: approximately 4 dozen cookies
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup crushed root beer flavored hard candies (approx 8)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 to 5 teaspoons root beer (or milk)
  • additional crushed root beer flavored hard candies (optional, for garnish)
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt cinnamon and allspice.
  2. In a separate large bowl, beat brown sugar and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, mix the flour mixture with the butter mixture until just combined. Stir in crushed candies. For best results, refrigerate dough for 1 hour to overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden brown. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet and then move cookies to wire rack to cool completely (at least 20 minutes).
  7. Root Beer Glaze: Stir powdered sugar and root beer, adding the root beer by the teaspoonful, until desired consistency is achieved.
  8. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies and sprinkle with crushed candies, as desired.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 72 Fat: 2g

Adapted from Eat Better America


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  1. These are fascinating – my husband would love them! 🙂

  2. These are so fun!! I haven’t had a root beer float in FOREVER, I”m craving one of these cookies!

  3. Brilliant! We love root beer float! Thank you for sharing, Alida!

  4. Looks yummy. I haven’t had a root beer float in too long.

  5. These cookies are beauties – what an awesomely creative idea 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. I love those root beer barrels you can buy at the store. I bet they taste awesome crushed and put into these cookies.

  7. My daughter is the root beer fanatic in this house. What a great idea for a cookie…she’d LOVE them!

  8. What an unusual cookie idea! 🙂 love this, and the colors are great, too!

  9. I love this idea! Root beer floats in cookie form? So fun! My kids would go crazy for these! -Kim

  10. These are so fun! Love that they are low in calories too!

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  12. Those cookies look great and so unique!

  13. Such a fun cookie! love it

  14. I love this idea for a cookie! Are the candies the red flecks? I wouldn’t have expected the red color m your ingredient list…but it’s been a while since I’ve had that candy!

    • Yes, the root beer barrels are orange/red. I always assumed they were brown, but it had been a while for me too…who knew!