Root Beer Float Pie

Root Beer Pie Float | Cookies and Cups

This Root Beer Float Pie can be whipped up in minutes!  Make your own crust or use store-bought!

This pie.

So I’m not a Root Beer girl.

I mean, I LIKE it.  But I wouldn’t ever order it, you know?


But my kids are a different story entirely.  They can’t get enough of the stuff.  And of course they like it only in bottles which costs a bagillion more dollars.



Anyhow, this pie.

So I didn’t think Root Beer was my thing until this pie.

It’s SO good.

I could not stop.  Which led me to consuming half the pie myself which was followed by a raging sugar headache.

Dare I say, it was worth it?



Make this pie, I’m not kidding.  People will love it.

You will love it.

Also, I think I said pie 72 times so far.

But really there is no other word.



Root Beer Float Pie.

Root Beer Pie Float | Cookies and Cups

This will literally go together in minutes.

Especially if you skip the step of making your own graham cracker crust.  I urge you not to skip it though… homemade crust is always better than pre-made.

You heard it here.


So yeah, make your crust.

But let it cool.  I know, annoying.

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My kiddo wanted to get in on the action on this one and decided to help me.


First pudding…

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Then root beer…  photo IMG_2004_zps29aa0c1a.jpg Then milk…

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But the concentrate really amps up the root-beeriness of it all.

Here’s a link where you can buy it, but I found mine at WalMarts.

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Whisk that all up…  photo IMG_2019_zps7c6a9962.jpg Then fold in your whipped topping, or as I like to call it…Cool Whip.

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Stirring is serious business.  photo IMG_2028_zpse3a9836e.jpg Pour that into your crust…

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And then let the kid lick out the bowl.  photo IMG_2039_zps893753d0.jpg Chill it for a while.  Or even freeze it.


And honestly when you freeze it it’s WAY easier to cut into pretty slices.

But, either way it’s delicious!

Root Beer Pie Float | Cookies and Cups


Root Beer Float Pie
serves 12
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 (4 serving) package Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • ¾ cup Root Beer
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tsp Root Beer Concentrate
  • 8 oz whipped topping, thawed
  • optional ~ additional whipped topping and cherries for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9"pie plate lightly with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar in a medium bowl, stir to combine evenly.
  4. Press graham mixture in the bottom and up the sides of prepared pan evenly. Bake for 7 minutes. Remove and cool completely before filling.
  1. In large bowl combine pudding mix, root beer, milk and root beer concentrate. Whisk for 2 minutes until mixture becomes thick.
  2. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Pour mixture into cooled crust.
  4. Chill 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Garnish with additional whipped topping and cherries, if desired.
  6. Slice when ready serve.
We like to eat this frozen as well. It slices easier when it's frozen.

Adapted from Taste of Home


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Maegan @ The BakerMama
July 16, 2013 9:15 pm

I wish I could hug you right now! :) I have a good friend coming to stay with us this weekend and she absolutely loves root beer floats so I was trying to think of a different way to serve them for dessert one night while she’s here! Problem solved! This pie will be perfect! She will feel so special and I am sure we are all going to love it!

July 16, 2013 9:16 pm

I love root beer… This is such a creative choice for pie! Pinning!

July 16, 2013 10:52 pm

I am not really a root beer girl either, but I know I could do this pie. It looks incredible and so fun!! Perfect easy summer pie! YAY!

July 17, 2013 7:59 am

Only you would come up with such an awesome idea as rootbeer float pie!

July 17, 2013 8:24 am

This is so fun! I would feel like a total kid eating this :)

July 17, 2013 8:40 am

LOVE root beer floats. Going to need to try this!

July 17, 2013 10:20 am

WOW! That crust looks so yummy! It’s so thick! I might make this for my sister’s birthday. She loves root beer!
Thanks, Shelly!!!

July 17, 2013 10:48 am

My kids will love!! Oh my this is heaven, sorry you don’t like root beer!!

July 17, 2013 12:19 pm

Goodness gracious. I need this in my life!

July 17, 2013 1:54 pm

Oh, my goodness! I’m not much of a root beer gal, myself, but I think that I could totally handle this! :)

July 17, 2013 3:04 pm

Could you substitute other sodas??? Like Sprite or ginger ale?

July 17, 2013 4:47 pm

I’m itching to try it with orange soda. Get a creamsicle thing going on.

July 17, 2013 3:42 pm

I love root beer, but my husband can’t stand the stuff. He’s English, which basically means he’s from another planet. For me, Henry Wienhard’s root beer is by far the best. It tastes of vanilla and honey and summertime. I can’t wait to try this pie.


I have that batter bowl, too! LOVE it. I already have root beer concentrate from making root beer float cupcakes. I’ll to give this a try. St. Louis has a local root beer bottling company called Fitz’s root beer – it’s the best!

July 17, 2013 5:29 pm

My kids too! They absolutely love root beer, which I hate…give me ginger beer anyday, but this pie…must make ASAP. I’ll be mother of the year. Well, mother of the hour maybe.

July 17, 2013 6:53 pm

I don’t know if you were referring to “Reed’s” (Virgil’s) root beer..but for me, a person who doesn’t usually care for it, it’s delicious. My hubby LOVES root beer. I can’t wait to make this for him! Thanks for such an easy recipe!

July 18, 2013 1:31 am

I just had a root beer float for the first time in years the other night….now this is a sign I need to have more root beer desserts in my life!!


I love root beer floats. This pie is right up my alley.

July 19, 2013 11:04 pm

So when you said you can sub more root beer for the milk, do you mean you could sub the entire 1/2 cup? I have to be dairy free right now because my daughter has a milk allergy. I was planning to try it with almond milk, but root beer would probably be better than almond milk, if the milk isn’t needed, right?

July 20, 2013 3:50 pm

Can you use diet Root Beer?

July 20, 2013 4:03 pm

Saw this recipe on Pinterest and I’m so excited to try it! Thanks for sharing!

July 21, 2013 6:20 pm

This is my kind of pie!

July 22, 2013 8:56 am

I’m not much of a root beer gal but I’d gladly faceplant myself in this!

July 22, 2013 11:21 pm

Rootbeer and Baileys Irish Cream is delicious! Tastes just like a rootbeer float but a grown up version. 😉

July 23, 2013 2:01 pm

Read this recipe out loud to 20 yr old son and he said, “Make It!” The pie is in the freezer…licking the bowl let me know this is a Keeper Recipe! Thank you!

August 6, 2013 11:04 am
October 14, 2013 11:30 am

Woo hoo! This looks so good! One quick question – is 8 oz Cool Whip 😉 1 cup?

February 25, 2014 3:30 pm

hmmmmmmmmm I don’t have a vanilla pudding mix, but I do have a banana creme pudding mix…. should I try it?!?

June 1, 2014 10:01 pm

I wanted to know where in wal – mart do you find root beer concentrate? Is it in baking in with extract? Cuz I believe they have root beer extract is that the same and concentrate?

June 2, 2014 2:39 pm

Hi Shelly! I am going to make this pie for my boyfriend for Father’s Day and was wondering what you think of this – I’m not really a fan of graham cracker crusts so do you think a golden oreo crust would be good? (He loves golden oreos!) Or maybe nilla wafers would be better? Which one do you think?


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Terri S
September 16, 2015 9:08 pm

This looks so good! I will have to look for root beer concentrate at the store this week. Thank you for sharing the recipe.