Root Beer Float Brownies

I was a huge Brady Bunch watcher when I was growing up.

I am fairly certain that I saw all the episodes multiple times over.

The reason that I am bringing this up is because my children were watching a show yesterday called Kick Buttowski.

It made me nostalgic for The Bradys.


Kick Buttowski obviously kicks butt at extreme sports, but the Bradys play sports too…like football (Oh! My Nose!) and basketball (Mom always said, Don’t play ball in the house!)…see, the action is there!

Sorry for geeking out there with the Brady quotes, but seriously…my kids need a little Brady.  No more butt kicking.


I was in love with Peter…please don’t repeat that…

…despised Jan…

…wanted to wear micro-minis like Marcia…

and wanted a housekeeper like Alice.

I mean c’ awesome was Alice?

When we were on vacation in Florida my little guy wanted to get a souvenir Tiki Idol…

I literally ran across the souvenir shop in slow motion, yelling a guttural “NOOOOOOOOO”!

No one understood as I rambled on incoherently about tarantulas, surfing accidents, ancient burial grounds and Don Ho.

We left Tiki Idol-less, thanks to me…otherwise I might still be Florida trying to navigate my way through a series of unfortunate mishaps.

See, if my kids watched The Brady Bunch I wouldn’t have to be so vigilant.

It’s exhausting!


After a search on my television, it seems as though my kids are stuck with Kick Buttowski because there are no Brady reruns to be found.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t try to get persuade them to be nostalgic in other ways…and by other ways I mean desserts.

Was there any doubt?

Soda shops have that certain Brady-esque feel to them, and since I have the strange need to turn everything into a baked good let’s do the soda shop favorite, the Root Beer Float, my way.

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.

I  also found this cool stuff…A&W Root Beer Float Dessert topper, which is awesome for these as a garnish, but not necessary.  ( found it at Wal-Mart)

After I baked up the brownies I let them cool…but I had to try a little bit 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 that Root Beer 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.

I’m linking this up over at Tidy Mom’s I’m Lovin’ It Fridays!


Recipe: Root Beer Float Brownies


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Line a 9×9 baking dish with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Sift flour, cocoa powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Over a double boiler (or in microwave) melt the butter, semi-sweet and white chocolates together.
  5. Remove from heat when just melted and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Using your mixer mix the eggs, sugars and vanilla together.
  7. Slowly add in the cooled chocolate mixture.
  8. Now add half the flour and half the root beer. Mix on low, scraping the sides.
  9. Repeat with the remaining flour and root beer until just combined. Batter will be on the thin side.
  10. Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, until center is just set.
  11. Let cool completely before cutting or frosting.

Quick notes

adapted from Baking Bites

Preparation time: 40 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)


Recipe: Root Beer Frosting


  • 1/2 cup room temp butter
  • 1/3 cup root beer, no foam
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. root beer extract (optional)


  1. Beat butter on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Slowly add in your powdered sugar and mix in.
  3. Now add your root beer and extract, if desired.
  4. Beat on medium until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated.

Quick notes

The root beer extract is optional. It will give the frosting more of a distinct root beer flavor. Always add more or less powdered sugar until the consistency you desire is reached.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)


brownie recipe adapted from Baking Bites

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What a fun and tasty brownie!




Ha, great post. The Bradys were the good ol’ days, weren’t they? sigh
Love the brownies!


Haha oh, the Bradys! I need these brownies in my life! I’m going to have to go looking for that root beer topping too. YUM.


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! 🙂

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

That recipe sounds groovy!

Cupcake Activist

I’ve never seen Root Beer dessert topping before. I bet it tastes great!


Wow. I mean just WOW. I want that sooo bad! I made a root beer bundt cake once, but these look even better! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


I love root beer! It reminds me of my childhood. I’m definitely bookmarking this to try. thanks!

Cupcake Crazy Gem

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!


And don’t forget Vincent Price! A cursed Hawaiian vacation wouldn’t be the same without him!


Oh my!!! These look divine! I have a brother who loves root beer. Twist my arm – I’ll be making these any day now!

Georgia Pellegrini

WOw, I adore this idea. I’m really into root beer these days so these will be my next sweet treat.

Laurie of Lulu and Daisy

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!


Geez Louise!! I am fan of this. Rootbeer is my absolute fave when I want to indulge in a soda. Now I want to eat it in a brownie too!


Our society is definitely in need of a good brady-esque tv show. something wholesome. Something like root beer brownies reincarnated.


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!


Oops….lovded? How ’bout LOVED!

Aimee @ ShugarySweets

Oooh, those look so good. I love anything root beer flavored!


this is a neat unique combination of goodies Great job CUPS!


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Wow! Yummy! Fantastic!
Thanks for sharing, you’re an inspiration! ;D

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

These look wonderful, especially that root beer frosting!

Sabine Pils

Man oh man! These graphic brownies are sufficient to induce saliva droplets in the mouth of the readers; imagine the power of the actual beer brownies! Damn cool!

bridget {bake at 350}

I remember “playing” Brady Bunch on the playground in our neighborhood. I always wanted to be Cindy b/c she had those yarn ribbons in her hair. 🙂


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.


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!


Oh, you make me laugh Shelly:) These brownies sound amazing! The root beer float syrup is the perfect topping~what a great find!


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!


Just when I think you can’t top something, you go and do it again! Brilliant. And ditto kick buttkowsk. What the heck is it anyway lol. Cant beat the brady’s!

megan @ whatmegansmaking

I’d like one of these while watching the brady bunch please. That would be perfect!


The brownies look great.

Cookbook Queen

Wanna know MY favorite line to repeat from Brady Bunch?

Pork chops and applesauce…swell. (said in a Humphrey Bogart voice, duh)

Peter finding a personality is the BEST episode evah.


Yummy and so creative!


I once made a root beer cupcake and you couldnt taste the root beer but I’m lovin this brownie. That is a fun topper!

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… Read more »

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


The Brady Bunch just makes me feel like a Sunshine Day…I think I’ll go for a walk outside now. Okay, I’m back. You cannot beat the BB for good, clean fun. I love the Silver Platters, Johnny Bravo, Davy Jones guest starring, etc.


You can watch the Brady Bunch online for free! 🙂 Just thought I would spread the Brady love.


The 1/2 tsp salt is missing from your recipe card! 🙂


Hi, I found your blog through pinterest, and I love it!! You inspire me! Can I ask, how do you have the special recipe card background? It’s so creative, and stylish. Keep posting…you’re a really good writer!!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

I’m not much of a root beer lover but Jason is a root beer FANATIC so I definitely have to make these for him!


Made these today – delicious!


I am a Pampered Chef consultant, and I can’t wait to make individual Root Beer Float Brownies in our fantastic Brownie Pan! I can also use many our of products to make the batter and frosting as well. Thanks for a great recipe! I’ll be using my husband as my guinea pig (uh, taste tester!) really soon as he LOVES root beer floats!