Root Beer Float Brownies

Root Beer Float Brownies have root beer baked right in! The root beer pairs perfectly with the chocolate and it’s all topped with Root Beer Buttercream!

I am always looking for a new, fun way to enjoy brownies! Plus, my kids a re huge root beer float lovers, so I thought it would be fun to combine the two!

First you start with delicious chocolate, both white and dark.  I’m an equal opportunity baker.

And then there’s the Root Beer..use whatever kind you like…just let it sit out a bit so there’s no foam.

After I baked up the brownies I let them cool…but I had to try a little bit first..you know,  for research.

The root beer in the batter gave the brownies a fine crumb, but the melted chocolate gave them a rich fudgy texture.  Really yummy!  You can’t taste the root beer in the brownies, it just changes the texture and adds a layer of sweetness.

Then of course I topped the brownies with Root Beer Frosting and a quick drizzle of chocolate syrup. Perfection!

The frosting has a subtle root beer flavoring from a little root beer extract, but if you wanted less you could leave the extract out.

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Root Beer Float Brownies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 20 brownies 1x
  • Category: Brownies
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 oz chopped semi sweet chocolate
  • 3 oz white chocolate
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 8 oz. root beer
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup root beer, no foam
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. root beer extract (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 9×9 baking dish with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Sift flour, cocoa powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Over a double boiler (or in microwave) melt the butter, semi-sweet and white chocolates together. Remove from heat when just melted and smooth. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the eggs, sugars and vanilla together on medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add in the cooled chocolate mixture and mix until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  5. Turn the mixer to low and add the flour and root beer in alternating portions until smooth, beginning and ending with the flour, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  6. Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until center is just set.
  7. Let cool completely.
  8. To make frosting, mix butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 1 minute on medium-low speed. Slowly add in the root beer and extract, mixing until smooth and creamy.
  9. Spread on cooled brownies.

Notes:

The root beer extract is optional and is only added to amp up the root beer flavor.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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58 Responses
  1. i wasn’t the biggest brady bunch fan, although i love the theme song and i always appreciated alice. 🙂
    great brownies, shelly–terrifically unique!

  2. MitziW

    A couple of weeks ago I finally got tired of the shows my girls were watching on Nick & Disney; all the kids were lying to their parents and being mean to others (and not in the more innocent way they used to in the 70’s). So, I went to Amazon and purchased the Brady Bunch boxed set for them to watch. Then, after locking out those 2 channels on our tv, told them our service had changed and we don’t get those channels anymore. Not honest, I know, but I’d like to preserve their innocence a little longer. They LOVE the Brady Bunch. It’s so fun to share my youth with them. And, they haven’t asked about those 2 missing channels once!!! This recipe is awesome – can’t wait to make it! Thank you…

  3. I’m about to make you very jealous. When I was a little girl, I got to stand BESIDE Alice for a Christmas Eve service. How cool is that? Do I remember it? No, not really; I was a bit too young, but my mother told me I was just excited as all get out to have that honor. 🙂

    Just had to pass it along because you will appreciate it more than most people ever have. LOL!

    1. shelly

      That is SO awesome!! I hope someone snapped a pic, but I guess that was prob before camera phones 🙁
      I am truly impressed!!

  4. Amy

    Oh Holy Cow! The tiki-idol thing is so funny! There is actually a station in KC that plays all older episodes of fun shows ala Nick at Nite…..and that exact Brady episode was on and I watched and laughed!

  5. Are you kidding me? Root Beer Float brownies? I may just die.
    I rarely got to watch the Brady Bunch (not sure why) but the one with the house of cards contest they had still has stuck in my head.

  6. Oh – I am there with you! I LOVDED the Brady Bunch!

    I was in love with Greg. Wanted Jan’s hair, but didn’t like her. I also thought Marcia was a bit of a snob. I wished we had an Alice and wanted the entire house – astro-turf and all (dibs on the attic!)

    Fabulous brownies!

  7. Well those look just yummy! I’m sitting thinking about baking brownies now. MMmmm. I am also nostalgic and a huge fan of old tv. I, too, grew up with the Bradys in syndication every afternoon. We really need more wholesome TV. Great Post!

  8. Ah we both posted root beer treats tonight! how awesome! those brownies sound and look amazing and I am super jealous of your root beer float topping..we can’t even buy regular root beer in supermarkets here in England, let alone super cool dessert topping! p.s loving the new blog, usually just read your posts in reader but popped over and am loving the new header!

  9. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing! The Brady’s were great – kids today (boy, does that make me sound old or what) need good TV like that… so sad. Here in Utah, the local channels play Brady Bunch reruns almost every weeknight! 🙂

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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