Root Beer Meringue Cookies

by aimee @ shugarysweets on June 4, 2014

Root Beer Float Meringue Cookies are filled with the classic taste of summer, in a sweet cookie! Chewy, crunchy, these will go fast at your next BBQ.

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Root Beer Float Meringue Cookies: chewy and crunchy in one bite! Perfect summer treat

Do you love meringue cookies? Please tell me you’ve tried them. And made them. And love them.



If you haven’t made them, they really are very easy. And they are so “adult” like. But I’ve taken that adult cookie and given it a fun twist for kids too! Root Beer Float Meringue Cookies.

I gave up soda last year and haven’t had a root beer float since last July. That’s crazy right? I’m thinking I can have one this summer, just to try it, but having given up soda I’m not sure it would even taste good anymore.

But, root beer floats? How can I quit them? They scream summer. And BBQ’s. And they were one of the staples of my diet in my first pregnancy! I will NOT quit them.

So instead, how about capturing all that root beer flavor in a meringue cookie?

Root Beer Float Meringue Cookies: chewy and crunchy in one bite! Perfect summer treat

Chewy delicious meringue cookies. The perfect vessel for my root beer float craving.

Don’t be alarmed when you read the recipe and see the “prep” time. These seriously take about 15 minutes to whip up. Then they bake at a very low temperature for a long time. Then they sit in the oven and rest overnight (or 4-8 hours). Totally seems tedious, but it’s not! I don’t do tedious (well, this pumpkin cheesecake cake is tedious, BUT WORTH IT).

Root Beer Float Meringue Cookies: chewy and crunchy in one bite! Perfect summer treat

Once your meringues have rested, they have that delicious crunch. Still chewy. But crunchy. I know it doesn’t make sense.

Be sure to dip them in some melted Vanilla Candiquik and sprinkles for a fun summer touch!

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Root Beer Meringue Cookies

Prep Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 5 dozen cookies


  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp Root Beer Flavoring (I use McCormick)
  • 3/4 cup vanilla Candiquik, melted
  • sprinkles


  1. In a clean, dry mixing bowl, beat egg whites with whisk attachment (electric mixer) for 30 seconds until frothy. Add vinegar and cornstarch and beat another minute. Slowly add sugar in a steady stream, beating continuously. Add root beer flavoring too, and beat another 4 minutes until stiff peaks form.
  2. Spoon filling into a piping bag with star tip (or a large ziploc bag) and pipe stars (or desired shape) onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet (makes a lot of cookies, will take two sheets). Bake in a 200 degree oven for 80 minutes. Turn oven off and allow cookies to "rest" for 4-8 hours (or overnight). Once crisp, dip in melted candiquik and immediately add sprinkles. Allow to set about 5 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

I love Root Beer desserts….


Root Beer float fudge…my husbands favorite fudge recipe!


Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches….cookies that taste like root beer for the win!


Root Beer Float Truffles…soft root beer fudge center with a crisp vanilla shell

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How to Philosophize with Cake June 4, 2014 at 7:47 am

What a unique flavor! I love root beer and I love meringues, but I’ve never thought of combining the two. :) Sounds like a great summery treat!
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Jennie @themessybakerblog June 4, 2014 at 7:59 am

I love these! You can’t go wrong with a perfectly crispy, delicate meringue cookie. Pinned.


Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker June 4, 2014 at 8:07 am

Love the idea of using root beer flavouring in these meringues. Genius!
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Mary Frances June 4, 2014 at 9:21 am

Alas no :( But we love root beer and cookies like this are always a hit at parties and such, so its high time I give meringue cookies a try!
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Erin | The Law Student's Wife June 4, 2014 at 10:01 am

I absolutely adore meringue cookies! It’s like they just float away, the are so light and airy. Fun flavor too!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Yeah, I have a tendency to WAY over eat when they are around!


Karly June 4, 2014 at 10:09 am

Ooh, never made meringue cookies before. These look so fun and perfect for summer!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm

What? And you call yourself a food blogger….hehe, just kidding ;)


Serene @ House of Yumm June 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I haven’t tried Meringues before! But now I need to! I love root beer anything! These look wonderful, and I bet they taste just as good as I’m imagining :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Oh they do taste really good, you must try them!!


tanya June 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Oh these are so fun Aimee!! I would rather have these than an actual root beer float any day!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 5, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Oooh, not sure I can say that…LOL. But since I don’t drink soda, these are a perfect substitute!


Jocelyn @BruCrew Life June 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I still have not made meringues. It is on the dessert bucket list to do though. Maybe by the end of the summer I can cross that one off :-) What a fun and unique meringue flavor. And I love that you dipped them in chocolate and sprinkles. So fun!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Get on it girl. Then invite me over, I’ll help you polish some off. YUM.


Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen June 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Love this flavor of meringues. Meringues are such a fun versatile dessert. I bet these meringues would be great with a vanilla creme filling too!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Oooh a filling does sound delicious!


Chloe @ foodlikecake June 5, 2014 at 5:58 am

These are so creative, and cute!


Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction June 5, 2014 at 9:15 am

What a fun flavor for meringues! Love that root beer float fudge, too!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Thanks Jessica! That fudge is ridiculous!!


Anna (Hidden Ponies) June 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Root beer is my one pop weakness – this is brilliant! I love meringue cookies and need to hunt for that flavouring :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 5, 2014 at 8:13 pm

I was obsessed when pregnant! I find the McCormick flavoring at my local grocery store!


Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel June 6, 2014 at 10:37 am

Even though I quit soda, too, I can’t possibly quit root beer for good. It’s just… too awesome. Who doesn’t love a RBF? So refreshing! These cookies aren’t only adorable, but they look delicious! Pinned!!
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rita June 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I followed the directions exactly, but did not get stiff peaks. Is there any way to salvage these?


aimee @ shugarysweets June 8, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Usually if you don’t get stiff peaks there was moisture in your bowl? you have to start with a dry bowl. And beat the heck out of them!


jp June 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I had the same problem, no stiff peaks. Bowl was completely dry. Everything looked normal (frothy, firm) until I added the root beer flavoring, then just couldn’t get it to stiffen. Beat for 20 minutes, it thickened slightly but nowhere near enough to use. So disappointed, these sound so good!


Anonymous June 30, 2014 at 7:24 am

You can try using room temperature eggs. That may help. And possibly a cold bowl/whisk. I made them last night and they turned out perfect, using the recipe as is. Good luck!


Krystle(Baking Beauty) June 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm

We always make meringue cookies for christmas. I’d never think about make them in the summer but root beer seems like the perfect excuse!

Off to check out your root beer fudge next!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Thanks for stopping by Krystle!Hope you enjoy the fudge recipe too!!


DessertForTwo June 9, 2014 at 7:59 am

I’m obsessed with root beer flavors lately! i’ve gotta make these!
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dina June 9, 2014 at 11:50 am

great flavor!
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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen June 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm

DIng dang this is the cutest ever! I was OBSESSED with root beer when I was pregnant with my oldest. I so needed these about 7 years ago ;)
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

Funny that you were obsessed with root beer too!!


Julie @ Girl on the Move June 10, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Oh my goodness, these look so yummy…as do the other Root Beer goodies!
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shelly (cookies and cups) June 19, 2014 at 8:03 am

How fun are these?? So cute! My kids would go crazy!
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