Root Beer Float Cookie Cups

These Root Beer Float Cookie Cups are super cute and totally delicious! The root beer flavor is spot on!

Root Beer Float Cookie Cups
Root Beer Float Cookie Cups

So the hubs and I like to give each other a hard time. It’s pretty much second nature to me since I grew up in a family that knows little about how to communicate other than to give each other a hard time. It’s all in good fun though. Sarcasm – it’s an art.

And for us, it sometimes allows us to discuss our frustrations in a non-fight-y way. The other day was one of those moments.

Like most people, the hubs has certain ways he likes certain things done. I do too, of course, and our “things” tend to clash. I want to do one thing one way and he wants to do it another. I’m always right, of course, but try convincing him of that. :)

Root Beer Float Cookie Cups

So the other day we were riding in his car and he had the air on full since it was so hot. He had it all coming out of the center vents because he’d closed the outside ones. Apparently he wanted the air coming out even faster and that was his way of doing it.

But since I’m a little OCD, I wasn’t digging the fact that half of my body had cold air blowing onto it and the other half didn’t. It made me feel uneven. So I opened my side vent.

You’d think I’d opened the gates of hell from the look he gave me.

Ok so that might be an exaggeration. It was more of an exasperated look, but this is where the hard-time-giving came in.

“Why do you always have to mess with everything I do?” he says, laughing.

Of course my very mature response was “Well, you mess up everything I do.” Laughing of course.

Root Beer Float Cookie Cups

Then I went on, “I put things in the pantry, you get them out and leave them on the counter and never put them away…” I had just mentioned that to him the day before and he’d done it again the next morning.

“…I do laundry and take all the time to fold it and put it away, and you mess it up and get it dirty again. Stop wearing so many clothes!” :)

Ok, so that might not be a good example of messing things up. More of a mini rant on my part and me just being silly, but honestly, the laundry never ends. I’m not a fan. Can’t we just stop wearing clothes? No?

Like I said, this was all in good fun and it gave us a good laugh. But it is so normal for us. Not just giving a hard time, but being like “why do you always mess up my things?” Please tell me we aren’t the only ones.

Root Beer Float Cookie Cups

One thing we do agree on is the greatness of root beer. Sure, I drink diet and he drinks regular, but let’s no go there. We both love it.

In fact, put a Coke Freestyle machine in front of me and I’ll get diet root beer with added vanilla. It’s like root beer on crack. I seriously love it.

So naturally, these cookies went over well.

The cookie itself has root beer extract in it to give it flavor. I buy my root beer extract at Walmart.

The icing on these cookies is actually whipped cream. Because what do you top a root beer float with? Whipped cream! But I included a vanilla icing recipe below too, in case you’d prefer that. The whipped cream is obviously lighter, so it’s your call.

Either way, they are tasty and great for summer!

Root Beer Float Cookie Cups

Root Beer Float Cookie Cups

Yield: about 36-40 cookie cups


3/4 cups butter
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp + 1 tsp root beer extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cornstarch

Whipped Topping
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Vanilla Icing (alternative to whipped topping)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
3. Add egg, vanilla and root beer extract and mix until well combined.
4. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Dough will be thick.
5. Grease a mini muffin tin.
6. Make balls of about 2 large tsp in size and press into the bottom of each mini muffin cup. Press the center down just a bit to make an indention. You want each cup to only be about 3/4 full.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
8. Remove cookies from oven (the centers may look a little undone, but they will cook more as they sit).
9. Allow to cool for 3-4 minutes in the muffin tin.
10. Remove cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

To make the whipped topping:
1. Freeze metal bowl and whisk for 15-20 minutes to get them good and cold.
2. Remove bowl from freezer and add whipping cream.
3. Whip on medium speed for a few minutes. Cream will initially bubble a little bit, then start to thicken.
4. As the cream starts to thicken, add the vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract) and powdered sugar.
5. Whip until stiff peaks form, for a total whipping time of about 5-7 minutes.

To make the vanilla icing:
1. Beat the butter and shortening together until smooth.
2. Add the powdered sugar to the butter mixture, one cup at a time, and mix until smooth.
3. Add the vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract) and mix until smooth.
4. Add 1-2 tbsp of water until the icing is the right consistency.
5. Top the cookie cups with the icing.
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Recipes from friends:
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  1. You and your hubs SOUND exactly like me and mine…I think we even give eachother a hard time about the same thing.
    But, these cookie cups? He will defs not give me a hard time about these. Root beer floats are my fav, and everything is better in cookie form! Pinned!
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  2. How freakin cute are these? OMG!
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) recently posted…Raspberry Limeade PopsiclesMy Profile

  3. These look so yummy!!! So itty bitty and cute and soft and root beery. I LOVE root beer. Soda doesn’t tempt me but root beer will beckon me like the evil temptress it is! Oh and are we in agreement that root beer isn’t soda? Okay, good.

    I loved your mini rant! Your logic made sense to me :-)
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking recently posted…Soft Nutella Chocolate Chip CookiesMy Profile

    • says:

      You know, I never really thought about it, but I guess it technically isn’t soda. I don’t know. I’m glad it gets mixed into soda machines though. Love that stuff.

  4. What fun cookie cups! Love the root beer flavor!
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction recently posted…Peanut Butter Honey Banana MuffinsMy Profile

  5. What an absolutely awesome cookie cup!!! Love the topping and cherry…totally finishes the look of the “float” cookie! And my hubby and I always give each other a hard time…it’s how we say “I love you”. LOL!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted…Coconut Cream Fruit DipMy Profile

  6. Such a fun flavor for cookie cups! So creative :) And the cherry on top just brings together the adorable-ness that is a cookie cup!
    Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} recently posted…Addictive Sweet and Salty Chex MixMy Profile

  7. So adorable! I love root beer floats…especially on hot summer days!
    Tonia recently posted…Fireworks Cupcakes 4th of July RecipeMy Profile

  8. Cookie cups are so freakin’ adorable, and the root beer float flavor is so much fun for summer!! I love these, Lindsay! 😀
    Jess @ On Sugar Mountain recently posted…Coconut Crunch Berry Cereal TreatsMy Profile

    • says:

      Thanks Jess! I love all the things you can do with cookie cups – cuteness overload!

  9. these are the cutest!! love your pictures!
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts recently posted…Strawberry Crumb PieMy Profile

  10. Nobody as mentioned #6, do I really put a andes mint in my root beer float? Of course not but do I push down on the dough? I’m thinking not but stranger things have happened. Sounds good and when I do my shopping tomorrow I’m adding root beer extract to the list.

    • says:

      Haha, great catch Margi! Mint and root beer doesn’t sound like a great combo to me either. :) That’s what happens when I copy and paste from my other recipe – some things get missed. I’ve fixed it. Thanks!

  11. I love these!! I pink puffy heart root beer!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted…Caramel Corn Ice CreamMy Profile

  12. Genius! Rootbeer floats are one of my all time favorite summer treats and now in a cookie form?! I’m in trouble this summer, haha! Pinned!
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