Thursday, December 4, 2008

Root Beer Cookies

What? Root beer cookies? Like cookies with root beer in them? Sounds good, right? Actually, it gets better. How about cookies with those little root beer barrel candies in them? Now we're talking.

As I post this, Ethan is demanding I give him credit for these. Here Ethan, hold your hands out, here is a heaping spoonful of credit.

When Ethan and I first got married, I did the baking and he did the cooking. It wasn't really specified like that, that's just the way it was. He was better at one and I was better at the other. One day, he decided to broaden his horizons and bake. He went through some of his mom's cookbooks and found this recipe. We went on the hugest hunt for root beer barrels. I remember we went to like four store in one day looking for them.

These cookies involve a bunch of root beer barrels being crushed into crumbs and then mixing them in like chocolate chips. In the oven, the little candy chunks turn into gooey globs of root beer goodness. If that isn't enough, you top the cookies with a root beer glaze, made with actual root beer. This might not be the most festive of treats, but it is one of the most delicious and fun.

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp allspice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1/3 cup finely crushed root beer barrel candies

Root Beer Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
3-5 teaspoons root beer

Set oven to 350°.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until incorporated. Stir in the flour mixture and crushed candies.

Drop dough using a tablespoon cookie scoop onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes, until the edges are lightly golden. Let cool for 1 minute and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and enough root beer to thin out the glaze. Drizzle over the cooled cookies.

Rookie's Notes: On how to crush these up; there are lots of way. You could put them in a ziploc bag and take a hammer to them. You could chew them up in your mouth and spit them into the batter. You could get your really rambunctious toddler to jump on them. You could get a train to run over them. Or you could use one of those fancy little hand choppers like I did.


j & j dish it out said...

Just go to Claim Jumper and steal 'em...they have a huge basket of root beer barrels by the front you're walking out...take a handful...better yet, take the whole basket and run.

Janeen said...

Whit - your amazing - you always post just what I am in need of. I need to take a rock'n cookie to a Enrichment - and this one has won!

meg said...

Isn't Janeen just the coolest?

Short Stop said...

I love that these are SO different. I'm making 25 different cookie recipes this year and counting them down on my blog. I have never seen a cookie like this - might have to try this one!

Sophie said...

This is such a tasty idea :)!

Debra said...

How creative, gotta give these a try! :)

Kirstin said...

I made these tonight. Yum! Thanks for the great recipe!