Root Beer Float Cookies

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Root Beer Float Cookies-Bring back memories from childhood in a cookie!

Root Beer Float Cookies-Bring back memories from childhood in a cookie!

If I had to choose one type of dessert as a favorite, it would be cookies. Cookies are easy to make and easy to eat. They can feed a crowd. They store well. They always look good. They always create a memory when eaten. Or a reminder of cookies gone by. Baked with love, still warm from the oven, with a glass of cold milk standing near by.

Root Beer Float Cookies-Bring back memories from childhood in a cookie!

And the possibilities are endless! Most cookies have the same base ingredients. Butter/margarine/shortening, Sugar, Eggs, Flour, salt, Baking soda. What sets cookies apart from one another are the Flavorings added into the regular cookie base.

Root Beer Float Cookies-Bring back memories from childhood in a cookie!

I grew up on McCormick Extracts. As far back as I can remember, my mom used them, my Grandma used them and I have always used them. Probably generations before that were using them. I might have a bit of a problem when it comes to how much I love their extracts.

Root Beer Float Cookies-Bring back memories from childhood in a cookie!

(this is my stash of flavorings taken from my baking cabinet!)

McCormick is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary this year! They are the largest producer of extracts, not just in the US but globally! As you can see, I’ve always been a supporter!

Root Beer Float Cookies-Bring back memories from childhood in a cookie!

Just a teaspoon of extract can change a vanilla cookie to an orange cookie or a chocolate cookie into a mint chocolate cookie.

McCormick’s Root Beer Concentrate, developed in 1889, caused the trending sensation of Root Beer floats and home Root Beer brewing  in the early 1900’s. I never really thought about the history of some of the products I’ve always used, I just knew they were trusted brands, handed down from one generation  to the next.

Root Beer Float Cookies-Bring back memories from childhood in a cookie!

Invited to help McCormick celebrate their anniversary, I wanted to make something  that took it all back to the beginning. Back when Willoughby McCormick was selling his products door to door. Their Root Beer Extract one of the first. Root Beer Float Cookies were the immediate answer. The great flavor combination of a root beer cookie and a vanilla filling, just like the famous drink.

Root Beer Float Cookies-Bring back memories from childhood in a cookie!

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Root Beer Float Cookies


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Root Beer Concentrate
  • 3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • buttercream filling
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons cream or milk


  1. Using a mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time and then McCormick Root Beer Concentrate, making sure to scrape down sides of the bowl.
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly add flour mixture to your batter until all combined.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. (I use a 1 tablespoon Cookie Scoop )
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 minutes. Let cool on tray 5 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.
  5. Prepare filling. Cream together butter and shortening until smooth. Add in McCormick Vanilla extract. Slowly add in powdered sugar then add in cream until desired spreading consistency is reached.
  6. Spread filling on bottom of one cookie then place another cookie on top to create a sandwich.


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This post was sponsored by McCormick but all opinions are my own. 

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. I love McCormick Root Beer concentrate. I use it to flavor my root beer float fudge!!! These cookies look awesome Joan!

  2. Every time I buy a new McCormick extract I feel like I have hit the jack pot! I am up to having the rum, almond and vanilla and use them in everything! I so need to try the root beer one! These cookies look delicious! The possibilities are definitely endless!

  3. Our family has also used McCormick extracts back to my great grandmother who lived with my mom and her parents when she was a kid. I remember going to the store with my dad to pick a few things for my mom and Vanilla extract was on the list and I told my dad that’s not the right one he smiled and said they’re all the same. When we got home my mom said “what’s this?” my dad replied “its the stuff from the list” “No”, my mom said this and held up the bottle of off brand vanilla extract “this” my dad laughed and said “the wrong one?, Jeannie tried to tell me…. you want me to go back and get something else?” “yes please” and off we went for the McCormick’s . Sugar Cookies complete………yummy!

  4. Heather Bentley says:

    I can’t remember a time when there weren’t multiple bottles of McCormick’s products in our cupboards. Everything from vanilla to orange and rum, I think we had one of everything at one time or another. And they were always great, reliable and affordable. I’ve never tried your Root Beer Float cookies, but I have a bottle of McCormick’s root beer extract in the pantry, so I’m definitely giving them a try tomorrow. They look delish! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. These cookies are magical. Do you know how much I adore root beer floats? I LOVE THEM AND NOW COOKIES?

  6. What fun! Love these flavor combos!

  7. Oh man…these are dangerously easy! As in, I could eat the whole batch in one sitting…aaandddd I’m okay with that! Pinned!

  8. I love rootbeer and sandwich cookies, so these look awesome!

  9. Love to try these if I can find the root beer extract somewhere!

  10. Okay so I am going to have to make these cookies…but with a twist…what better way to have a root beer float but with Ice Cream. I am impressed with the cream filling but can you imagine these cookies sandwiches with ice cream between them…yumm-o….Just a thought, bake the cookies let them cool. Then place softened ice cream between, wrap the ice cream sandwiched cookies with plastic wrap and put in the freezer…what a way to cool down on a hot day! I am from Arizona always looking for ways to cool off in 100+ degree weather. Toodles!

  11. Cookies are my favorite dessert too! These look delicious! What a fun twist on a root beer float!

  12. Beverly Youngblood says:

    I Love Root Beer Flavor especially the Cookies even though the kids are grown and married and so are the grand kids I still have to bake cookies and mail them out to the great grand children and I have a cupboard 3 Shelves of the Flavors so I don’t ever run out….My older ones on the bottom shelf and new at the top cant ever have too many flavors but lemon is my very very favorite flavor

  13. I love their root beer flavoring. My family, as long as I can remember, makes home made rootbeer at our family reunion every summer. It is something I look forward to every single year!

  14. I love using McCormick extracts!

  15. Heidi Rawson says:

    How would these be as ice cream sandwiches, using softened ice cream rather than the sweet frosting? Another idea might be to stir some of the extract into the ice cream for even more root beer flavor? Better for some of us who are diabetic than butter cream frosting!!

  16. I have never heard of root beer cookies but now i cant wait to make them.

  17. These cookies look amazing!! I love using McCormick and how just little bit of extract transforms a recipe!!

  18. These cookies sound absolutely yummy and I love the idea of using Root Beer concentrate, but have never seen it in Ontario. Does anyone know where it can be purchased?

  19. Donna P. says:

    Oh, these cookies look soooo good! I should make them for my daughter’s wedding.

  20. I’m going to make the root beer float cookies.
    I’ve always used McCormick brand for baking/cooking.

    Thank you!

  21. Im right there with you on cookies! And love that you have made them into root beer floats! What a perfect dessert, especially with that big center of frosting! Perfect! I did not know root beer concentrate exists, but now I will have to go on the hunt for it!

  22. I picked up two bottles of the concentrate on the clearance rack a few weeks ago, with no idea what I was going to do with it. Now, I know. These look awesome!

  23. Ok, looked EVERYWHERE today for root beer extract or concentrate. They had every other flavor. No root beer. I bought root beer syrup instead. Now, how much would I use of the syrup in place of the extract? Thank you!!

  24. My mom uses McCormick, we use McCormick- it’s the brand we trust! Seriously can not wait to try these cookies! They sound so good!

  25. I love baking lemon cookies with my son #flavorstory

  26. What a coincidence, I was just craving root beer floats today so I served them with our grilled brats for dinner- YUM, even using diet root beer for mine. Then I saw your gorgeous looking lemon strawberry bread on someone’s link party, came to your sight, and then got distracted when I saw these cookies! Since I am on a root beer I will have to try these:)

  27. We ALWAYS had McCormick extracts around the house growing up. I think my favorite will always be old reliable vanilla. My cookies just wouldn’t be the same without it! I can’t wait to give these babies a shot, though- root beer floats are my weakness! 🙂

  28. Joan, these cookies sound amazing and I can’t stop smiling over your photo of the McCormick extracts! They were a staple (and still are!) in my house growing up! We live about 10 minutes away from the McCormick headquarters and I love to just smell the air when I drive by. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend – hope you’re having a fabulous week!

  29. I’m an extract collector from way back, I love the flavor boost they give, especially in baked goods…these cookies are ingenious, I’ve never tried root beer extract!

  30. Your cookies look wonderful! PInned them and I can’t wait to make them. And holy cow! You have so many flavors! That’s so awesome.

  31. I needed to thank you for this wonderful read!! I absolutely enjoyed every little bit of it.
    I’ve got you saved as a favorite to look at
    new stuff you post…

  32. This sounds delicious!!! I’m not much of a baker, but I LOVE root beer. I might have to try this.

  33. I was just wondering if the root beer flavor is strong or on the mild side as far as taste? These look so good and I want to try them as soon as I get the flavoring.

  34. i am putting a small scoop of vanilla ice cream in instead of filling and freezing them thanks!

  35. Debra Perli says:

    I am disappointed in the lack of flavor in these cookies. I love the filling and will use it for other recipes, but the Root Beer Flavor did not come through. Maybe I will add the Root Beer extract to the filling if I ever make them again.

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