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Baking… Rootbeer Float Cookies

Inspiration struck on Pinterest, per usual. But this time it wasn’t a recipe, just a photo of a rum and root beer float.

“I can make that into a cookie!” A dark soft cookie topped with a rich creamy frosting.
But where to put the root beer, And will it fight with the rum, And I certainly don’t want cocoa in there too!

A quick search online revealed the base spices in root beer extract. Foodie with Family has a lovely recipe for your own homemade root beer syrup.

I let the spices guide me in the translation of the Gingersnap recipe in my Better Homes and Garden cookbook. Unfortunately, I didn’t have anise AND I got distracted and forgot to add the rum!

Jumping to my Baking Illustrated cookbook, I located a Rum glaze and swapped out part of the rum for rootbeer extract.

Topped it all off with an ice cream buttercream from Lemon Sugar‘s Strawberry Cupcakes.

Root Beer Float Cookies – an adapted experimental recipe

Root Beer Float Cookies

Do you drink your beer in a barrel or with a straw?

Clover Snaps *adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook

2 1/4c flour
1c brown sugar
3/4c shortening
1/4c molasses
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cardamon*
1/2 tsp cloves*

• Preheat 375
• Mix until combined half the flour and all the ingredients through the cloves.
• Stir in remaining flour.
• Roll in 1″ balls, slightly flatten, and bake 8 minutes.

Cookies and Kilo Kai!

Cookies and Kilo Kai, my rum of choice!

Rootbeer Rum Glaze *adapted from Baking Illustrated

1/2c confectionary sugar
1 tbsp rum
1/2 tbsp rootbeer extract*

• Mix till smooth.
• Spoon over cooled cookies.

Vanilla Ice Cream Frosting *from Lemon Sugar

3/4c butter
2 1/2c confectionary sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1/8c half and half

• Beat butter until light and fluffy.
• Add remaining ingredients and beat on low til combined.
• Beat on med-high til light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. (Oops, I didn’t do this part!)

Three stages of taste testing.

Three stages of taste testing.

*Currently in the experimentation process, which my husband has no problem with. He taste tested ALL three of them.

• Add the rum to the cookies.
• Make a stronger rootbeer glaze.
• Pump up the “ice cream” flavor in the frosting.


5 comments on “Baking… Rootbeer Float Cookies

  1. ibakecakesandthings
    August 6, 2013

    These look so cute and yummy!

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  4. Pillows A-La-Mode
    September 5, 2013


    • Miranda
      September 9, 2013

      They were totally yum. Gonna be making them again ’cause I still have root beer barrel candies left.

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