This recipe came out of a cookbook for kids, and was written with much more detail than I have used! My son was the first one to make them in our family at age 8 in 1979!!!! It is a family favorite to this day.
There is one major problem some of you may have...the Root Beer Concentrate is VERY hard to find. We lived in NC on an assignment in the mid-80's and it was not to be found there. I had to have my parents bring it to me when they visited! It is made by McCormick's and if you have a problem finding it, ask your grocer if they will stock it. WalMart used to carry it, but changed to Watkins brand extract which is a thinner and not as flavorful. A friend has found it online from McCormick's but you have to buy 6 bottles of it. The original recipe called for Root Beer Extract, but once I started using McCormick's concentrate, I changed the recipe to reflect that.
These are a very soft cookie - the buttermilk makes them that way. If you use water instead, there will be a definite difference, but it can be done if you want! I have tried it both ways and won't even bother to make them unless I have buttermilk on hand! That is what gives them their moist, soft consistency and unique taste.
ROOT BEER COOKIES
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1/4 cup buttermilk (or water, but it won't taste as good!!!)
1 tsp. McCormick's root beer concentrate (if unable to find, you can use another brand extract)
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix sugar, butter and egg in bowl until fluffy. Stir in rest of
ingredients and mix until smooth. Cover and refrigerate at least 1
hour. Preheat oven to 400. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonsful 2 inches
apart onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 6 - 8 minutes or until
almost no impression remains when a cookie is lightly touched.
Immediately cool on rack . Frost with Root Beer Glaze.
ROOT BEER GLAZE
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 tsps. McCormick's root beer concentrate
2 Tbsps. hot water
Mix sugar and butter, Stir in extract and water. frost cookies.
BROWN SUGAR DROPS (variation)
Follow above recipe except use vanilla instead of the root beer concentrate.
I have not tried any other flavors, but you could change the taste by using different flavored extracts.
Posted by GourmetGal
March 24, 2019