Saturday, August 6, 2011

root beer cookies

Also known as the best cookies you'll ever eat. In. Your. Life. 
*All images and text originally from this post by Cafe Johnsonia. (I'm related to her. Lucky.)

Rootbeer Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. rootbeer extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup water (optional--only use if dough is too dry)

Rootbeer frosting (recipe below)

Cream butter and dark brown sugar until very light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the rootbeer extract.

Whisk dry ingredients together. Add a little at a time to the creamed mixture. Add the water only if the dough is too dry.

It should be sticky like this:

Chill for at least an hour. Roll into small balls (about 1" diameter). Or if you're like me, maybe you want to use a small ice cream scoop because it's easy.

Place them far enough apart so they can spread without touching each other.

Whether you roll them or scoop them, flatten the tops a bit before you bake them if you like the cookies to be flatter. If not, it's fine. They are good a little thicker, too.

Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes, rotating cookie sheet halfway through.

Rootbeer Frosting:

1 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. rootbeer extract
a few tablespoons hot water

Beat butter on high with an electric mixer until it is fluffy. Add a little powdered sugar and the rootbeer extract. Beat until smooth. Add remaining powdered sugar alternately with a little hot water until a nice spreading consistency has been reached.

Frost the cooled cookies and let stand for the frosting to set up. (It should dry a bit on the top.)

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

Note: If you don't like rootbeer, leave out the extract. They are a great base for chocolate chip cookies and leave room for more varieties. We like to add maple flavoring and pecans. Recently I posted a recipe using the cookie dough sans RB extract with hazelnuts and toffee bars. I've also done white chocolate, bittersweet, and dried cherries--with and without nuts. Dried apricots and cranberries would be good, too. Or leave 'em plain. The choice is yours.


So there you have it. My Saturday gift to you.
Last year, for my birthday, I told Chas all I wanted was these cookies. 
Turns out making cookies is hard for us. 

Now, we just let Chas' mom make the dough, freeze it, and give it to us. 
We handle the frosting and turning on the oven. 


Annton Beate Schmidt said...

Can you sent some over; like now?!

Collins - Life. Mostly Sweet. said...

Oh wow, those look delicious!!

anna olivia said...

Oh my, those look absolutely fabulous!!

Kaitlyn said...

Those looks amazingly delicious!

In our sea of love

Denise said...

Oh my lanta this just made my day!!

Emily said...

Yum, they sound so delish. :)

Chels said...

I have never seen anything like these! They look delicious though, and I don't even think I like root beer.

Thanks for the follow over on my blog - I love yours!

Anonymous said...

oh dear, now i regret my decision to bake choc chip cookies this morning.


PS: love your blog - new follower!

FAB said...

Wow! Those look delish! My 7 year old especially would love them! Thanks for the recipe!

The Taylors said...


Julia said...

WOW!! Two of my favorite things... cookies and root beer combined at last.I'm making these tonight. Now I just have to track down the root beer extract. Thanks for sharing! Love you blog!

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lauren said...

are you serious? i'm drooling.
i'm imagining these cookies, but with the frosting on the inside. and ice cream. root beer float cookies anyone?
yes. please.

thank you!!

Christina @ The Athletarian said...

My birthday is coming up. I'm totally asking for these.

kylee said...

and all of a sudden i wish i liked rootbeer.

Abby said...

those sound amazing!!! I must try them sometime!!!

Mary Catherine said...

oh my oh my...
looks like a little piece of heaven on earth.

iliana said...

Yummy!Drooling... :P

Jenna said...

Those look pretty magical, I must say!

Annton Beate Schmidt said...

I see you won't share. *laughs Seriously, I finally found some rootbeer in Berlin and will try to make them. Will tell you, how they've worked out. Have a lovely Sunday!

Luisa Brimble said...

OH MY GAAAAAAWWWWWSSSSSSSSHHHH!!!! these looks absolutely delightfully yummy! i wonder where one can buy a rootbeer extract? hmmmm something I will need to look up here in Sydney, Australia! Thank you Sam & Chas for sharing the recipe!

Natalie said...

Those look delish! Can you send them my way asap? :) Thanks for stopping by my blog...following you! :)

Gianella said...


Bridget said...

oh my, those look good. send me some?

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Oh yummmmm, thank you for the recipe!

Elle Keeps Moving said...

so. hungry. want. to. eat. these. now.

Justina F. Lee said...

So good they're sinful; just like the devils food cake ;)

That seriously looks delicious though

Katie Marie said...

Haha, you sound like me. I am a terrible baker!

Amanda said...

these sound insane! in a good way! ;)

Bon Bon said...

Mmmm. and pair them with some vanilla ice cream, perhaps?:-) xoxo

Caroline said...

Those look delicious!!!

Em said...

so I don't even like rootbeer however these look AMAZING!

ashley.warner said...

these looks fabulous!

xo ashley

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