Root Beer Sugar Cookies

15 May

For Little Mister’s birthday party I wanted something super fun for the kids to do.  We just had it at home so I needed something to keep the kids occupied, for a little while at least.  7 kids under 5 can get a little crazy.  Thank goodness the weather was beautiful so we could play outside too.  Otherwise it would have been insane!

I decided to merge my baking and an activity together.  I made sugar cookies and flooded them just plain white with Royal Icing.  I had some Root Beer Concentrate sitting in my cupboard for a while and decided to throw some in.

The kids had a blast!  I just let them go crazy with edible markers.  Barely any mess or clean up and it was something unique and fun.

The root beer concentrate wasn’t as strong as I would have liked.  Just a hint of root beer.  But I didn’t use extract just concentrate.  I am totally going to invest in extract and make these again.  The root beer flavor was stronger the second day.  These iced beautifully.  They also made really good ice cream sandwiches.

Root Beer Sugar Cookies – Approx. 36  - 3 inch cookies

3 c all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c granulated sugar
1 c salted butter – room temp
1 egg – room temp
1 1/2 tsp Root Beer Concentrate – I used McCormmick’s
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Move oven rack to the middle position.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour and baking powder.

With an electric mixer cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  About 3-4 minutes.  Scrape down the bowl and add in your egg, vanilla and root beer.  Mix until combined.  Add in your dry ingredients and mix until completely combined.  Dough will start to pull away from the edge of the bowl.

Split dough in 1/2.  Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick and use a three inch square cookie cutter to cut.  Place squares on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.  Place in the freezer for 5 minutes.  While those cookies are freezing get your second pan ready with cookies.   Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.  Place on a cooling rack and store in an airtight container.  Cookies will last 4-5 days.

For Royal Icing I used a box from Williams -Sonoma that I wanted to try.  If you want a “real” recipe check here.

Sugar Cookie Recipe slightly, slightly adapted from Bake @ 350

Enjoy!

Here are some of the pretty drawings from the kids.


6 Responses to “Root Beer Sugar Cookies”

  1. Erin May 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Hmmm I am curious about this. I love root beer in it’s real form, but tend to dislike things make with root beer flavoring. Maybe since you used concentrate that will please my taste buds more.

  2. Renee May 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    My husband hates root beer, so I guess that means I’ll have to eat these all by myself. What a shame.

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    What a fun party activity! And these cookies are intriguing. I’m all about the root beer these days.

  4. Melissa@EyesBigger May 16, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    What a great idea with the edible markers!. I have never heard of root beer concentrate (or extract!). Where did you find it because I think I’d really like to experiment with it a bit.

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