Root Beer Cookies

Root Beer Cookies

When I was eight years old, I received my first cookbook for Christmas.  It was Betty Crocker’s  Cookbook for Boys and Girls.  I was thrilled to have a real cookbook.  My mom told me that I was old enough to start making a meal once a month.  She helped me pick recipes and together I learned to cook.  My grandparents and parents gave me cookbooks every year after that so that by the time I was in high school, I had a nice little library.

Root Beer CookiesOne of my favorite recipes in this book was Root Beer Cookies.   My dad and I loved them.  My mom didn’t like them at all.   I make them for my family and 2/7 don’t like them.   So, according to my very unscientific data, roughly 1/3 of all people who taste these won’t care for them.  However, the other 2/3 will find them as addicting as crack.    You have been warned.

Root Beer Cookies
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup water 1 tsp root beer extract
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 1½ tsp root beer extract
  • 2 Tbsp hot water
  1. Cream brown sugar and butter.
  2. Add eggs, water and extract.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and add.
  4. Refrigerate at least one hour.
  5. Drop cookie dough by teaspoon (I use a small ice cream scoop for uniformity) onto a GREASED or silpat lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 6-8 minutes at 400 degrees.
  7. While baking, prepare glaze: Mix butter and sugar.
  8. Add extract and water.
  9. Spoon glaze over cookies.
  10. Put waxed paper underneath the cookies to catch the glaze so you can add even more to the cookies.
  11. NOTE: Root Beer extract is in the spice section of your grocery store, next to the other extracts. It is normally used to make homemade root beer.

Root Beer Cookies




11 thoughts on “Root Beer Cookies

  1. >Never had these before. Sounds interesting! Oddly enough I was at the store the other day and was mad that they were out of almond extract, but they had a ton of root beer extract, and I thought, “What do you make with that?”

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