I had tried to flavor cookies with root beer extract in the past with disappointing results. When I came across this recipe, I decided to try again. I even made the effort to get the Cook’s Root Beer Extract the recipe called for. The molasses and root beer flavor combine with the white chips to make an interesting flavor. As I was baking them, I thought they smelled so much like root beer that anyone would know what the “secret ingredient” was. Though several people in the emergency department guessed the molasses, no one could tell they were made with root beer. When I made them with root beer barrels, there was no doubt they were root beer cookies.
2½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 teaspoons root beer extract *
2 large eggs
12 ounces white chocolate chunks or chips (about 2¼ cups)**
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Add the butter, sugar, molasses, vanilla and root beer extract to the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer. Beat on medium-low speed until smooth.
Add eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition.
With the mixer speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture, beating only until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
Add the white chocolate chips or chunks. Mix on low just until evenly distributed.
Form two tablespoons balls of dough and place on the baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake 11 to 13 minutes, until the cookie edges just set and the middles of the cookies are soft but not wet.
Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer the cookies to the wire rack to cool completely.
* This recipe called for Cook’s Root Beer Extract which I got from http://cooksvanilla.com .
** Here is what they look like made with 6 ounces of cracked root beer barrels rather than the white chips:
I like them better like this because I think white chips taste like medicine.
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