Root Beer Float Sandwich Cookies


Root Beer Float Sandwich Cookies |

There’s something magical about a root beer float. The bubbly sweet concoction that fizzes when poured over several scoops of creamy vanilla ice cream. Which is funny because I drink root beer on its own maybe twice a year, usually when I need a drink on the go. Even then, I don’t choose it unless my only other choice is Pepsi or Mountain Dew. But pour it over ice cream, and I’m all in. Of course, root beer floats aren’t exactly take-along treats, especially out in the hot sun. Last year I made cupcakes. This year I made Root Beer Float Sandwich Cookies – two chewy cookies reminiscent of root beer with vanilla cream in the middle. I’m bringing these babies to our #SundaySupper Summer BBQ event.

Root Beer Float Sandwich Cookies |

I wonder who thought of root beer floats. Did that person think “hey what if I mixed together root beer and vanilla ice cream?” Or maybe it was a happy accident where someone knocked root beer into a bowl of ice cream. I need to shake that person’s hand for inventing it.

Root Beer Float Sandwich Cookies |

A little secret – there is no actual root beer in these cookies. You’re familiar with vanilla extract, yes? I used root beer extract for the flavor. McCormick is the brand I’ve seen most, which you can buy at Walmart in store or online at Amazon. It smells and looks just like root beer.

Root Beer Float Sandwich Cookies |

For the filling, I scraped a vanilla bean pod into the buttercream because I wanted that authentic vanilla bean ice cream flavor and look (although substituting vanilla extract works the same). If you’re feeling really adventurous and don’t have anywhere to go, use a scoop of ice cream to make ice cream sandwiches.

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Root Beer Cookies
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon root beer extract
Vanilla Filling
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
1 vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)


    For the cookies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in the egg then add the root beer extract. Gradually beat in the flour mixture.
  4. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough onto the cookie sheets (roughly 1 1/2 inch balls). Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges are firm. Cool for a few minutes then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
  5. For the filling:
  6. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the powdered sugar and butter until combined. Add the cream and beat until smooth and creamy. Scrape in the vanilla bean (or add vanilla extract) and beat another minute to combine.
  7. To assemble:
  8. Spread some of the filling onto one cookie; top with another cookie. Repeat until all of sandwiches are made. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.


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Source: Adapted from Taste Of Home
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  1. So yummy in my tummy! Stopping by from #SundaySupper. Happy BBQ

  2. What a great idea! I just love your cookies!! These would be a sure hit!!

  3. These cookies are so perfect! I kind of want to give them a hug.

  4. A friend of mine always orders root beer when we go out for pizza. I’ll have to surprise him with these cookies one day. His birthday is coming up soon…

  5. This recipe is al sorts of brilliant!! Root beer is my favorite!

  6. These look so cute and I love the idea. Root beer floats. I haven’t had one of those in years.

  7. Root beer extract? I have never seen that before. I wonder if that is available in Europe. Imagine what else one could make with this. I d for sure start with your sandwich cookies anyway Carla ;)

    • Hmm not sure! I hope you can find some, if not McCormick then maybe a different brand. Hint – you can also make my root beer float cupcakes with the extract ;) And fudge.

  8. My husband is a root beer FREAK…he would adore these! Next time I turn the oven on, I’ll surprise him with a batch of these fun cookies!!

  9. I love these cookies!!! I have to make them – rootbeer floats are a favorite around here.

  10. These cookies look absolutely amazing! Never thought of root beer cookies. I always love a good sandwich cookie too, because then it means I get too cookies :)

  11. Root Beer Floats scream summer to me. These cookie sandwiches sounds amazing. So pretty!

  12. What an awesome post!! I need to play catch up today on all my blog reading! Looks like so awesome stuff has been posted!

  13. I have never seen root beer extract before. I will have to keep an eye open for it. My daughter would go crazy for these!!

  14. I love root beer floats and now I really want one! These cookies are perfect for a Summer BBQ.

  15. My family like any cookie where there is frosting involved. And the daughter is a huge root beer fan. I’m going to have to track down some extract :)

  16. Okay, so I’m a little nervous about root beer in cookies, but I love root beer so I know I’d love them. So, just for tests and stuff, you should probably send me a dozen.

  17. I think it was probably an accident. Though I never had one, they way it´s described, I can´t wait to try it. The cookie idea is extraordinary Carla! So clever. And I love the color of those cookies.

  18. Oh. My. Heavens! These have me drooling. I need to get me some of that extract.

  19. Those look so good. I love root beer and now I want to go out and get one!

  20. Genius! Classic flavor combo. I want, I want!

  21. Uaaau this is amazing:) Love it!

  22. These are calling my name hard core! And now I’m craving a root beer float!

  23. This is such a neat idea! I’ve never heard of root beer extract, but these sound heavenly!

  24. These look INCREDIBLE. I love your photos and the flavors of this must just be outta this world. Nothing like a portable ice cream float!

  25. We used to be able to find root beer extract around here but no more :-(. LOVE the cookies though

  26. These look like dessert goodness indeed! I love a sandwich cookie, and yours sound splendid!

  27. Even though I adore root beer I am always a little skeptical about root beer cooked into things. But the few I have tried I’ve loved so I should give these a shot sometime!

  28. Diana @EatMoveShine says:

    Fun recipe!!! And love the tip on root beer extract… I had no idea it existed! ;-)

  29. I love root beer floats! These sound soooo good!

  30. I just made these. Using my 1.5T cookie scoop, I got 22 cookie sandwiches. The cookies did not rise or spread and are quite dense. They pack a root beer punch that had my teenage son smiling and antsy for them to cool enough to put the frosting on. I am sure the batch will be gone by the end of the weekend!


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