Root beer float cookies sounded interesting. I mean, I love root beer floats, but how would that translate to a cookie? Would it be a pinterest fail? I needed to find out!
During my weekly grocery shopping, I randomly saw root beer concentrate amongst the other concentrates. I wasn’t looking for this, but it caught my attention. Seeing it triggered a memory for these cookies so I grabbed a bottle and checked out the other ingredients needed to make this intriguing recipe.
Before making root beer float cookies, you will need to make sure you have the following ingredients:
- Brown Sugar
- White Sugar
- Instant Vanilla Pudding
- Root Beer Concentrate
- Baking Powder
- White Chocolate Chips
It looks like a lot of items, however, they are basic cookie ingredients with the exception of root beer concentrate and the instant vanilla pudding mix. Of course, the root beer concentrate gives these cookies that distinct taste. You only need a small amount to account for the yummy root beer flavor though. So don’t go overboard!
More and more cookie recipes are incorporating pudding mixes into the list of ingredients. The main reason is the additional sweetness the pudding mix brings, particularly the taste of the pudding mix. Using different flavors is an awesome way to create a new cookie flavor – it’s like flavored sugar! Sounds so good and you know what? It is! The cookies come out fluffier than traditional cookies and still have the yummy taste you expect in a cookie. The vanilla pudding mix in the root beer float cookies makes it sweeter than your average sugar cookie which is perfect for mimicking an ice cream float cookie.
Making The Cookies
If you have ever made cookies, you understand that there will be a mess to clean up, when you finish. You also know that the cleanup efforts are well worth it, when you bite into that perfectly baked cookie!
First, you need to preheat the oven. Then, you need to gather the ingredients and prep the baking sheet(s). Now you are ready to get baking. Making the root beer float cookies is pretty self explanatory as you read through the recipe. Add the sugars and butter, cream them together. Add in the pudding and root beer extract, mix well. Next add the eggs, again mix thoroughly. Then, add the flour and baking powder and again mix together. Finally, add in the white chocolate chips and your cookie batter is complete. The only other thing to do is put the dough on the baking sheet(s) and bake them up! Super easy!
While you impatiently wait for your delectable cookies to be ready, you should clean up the mess that has been made. Of course, gathering the ingredients seems to be super quick, but the cleanup seems to take so much longer. It’s like heading on a road trip. The way TO the destination seems to fly by. The way HOME seems to take much longer. Am I right? But I digress..
Just plug away at the clean up and keep an eye on those cookies. They only take 10 – 15 minutes and you want to make sure you take them out before they overcook. Nobody likes burnt cookies. Well, maybe some do, but most won’t appreciate a burnt cookie bottom.
What’s The Verdict
Between the root beer concentrate and the brown sugar, the cookie dough is pretty dark. And, thus, when the cookies come out of the oven, they are a dark brown color. Don’t worry! The cookies are supposed to resemble root beer floats, remember? Which means they shouldn’t really be pink, right? I mean, you could add pink food coloring if you wanted a pink, root beer float cookie, but that would just be weird!
Anyways, when the cookies cool just a little, take a bite and sample them. You will LOVE these cookies. They are quite addictive. My family was excited, yet skeptical when I first made these. Their skepticism faded as soon as they tasted their first bite of these yummy cookies! The white chocolate chips and vanilla pudding mix are perfect add-ins for giving these cookies that ice cream- like quality which is crucial in a root beer float. These cookies are now a family favorite in my house and I’m positive that you will be happy you tried a different chocolate chip cookie for a change.
Root Beer Float Cookies
- 3/4 cup Butter softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup White Sugar
- 1 pkg Vanilla Pudding instant
- 1 tsp Root Beer Concentrate
- 2 Eggs
- 2.5 cups Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1.5 cups White Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper or grease baking sheet well.
- Cream the butter and sugars together.
- Add instant vanilla pudding mix to butter/sugar mixture and mix well.
- Add eggs and root beer concentrate an beat well to incorporate ingredients.
- Add flour and baking powder and mix together.
- Next, add in the white chocolate chips and fully combine (cookie dough will be extremely thick, but that's fine).
- Place 1 tablespoon of dough for each cookie on to cookie sheet. Repeat for all of the dough.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. When bottoms have browned and tops seem cooked, take them out. Check every minute towards the end to make sure they don't burn.