Root Beer Meringue Cookies

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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Yield: 5 dozen cookies

Root Beer Meringue Cookies

Prep Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.

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I love Root Beer desserts….


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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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Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on June 4, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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 😉

  2. 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!

    1. 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!

      1. 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!

        1. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. Root beer is my one pop weakness – this is brilliant! I love meringue cookies and need to hunt for that flavouring 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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

  7. 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 🙂

  8. I absolutely adore meringue cookies! It’s like they just float away, the are so light and airy. Fun flavor too!

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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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