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!

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. Kids.

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? Anyhow.

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.

Sorry. 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.

A graham cracker crust in a pie plateWhen it is cooled, make your filling.

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

First pudding…

Powdered pudding mix being poured into a bowl

Then root beer…A liquid measuring cup of Root beer being poured into a mixing bowlThen milk…

Milk being poured into a mixing bowlThen Root Beer Concentrate.  If you can’t find this, you can omit this step.  You could actually sub in more root beer for the milk.

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.

Root beer extract being added to a mixing bowl

Whisk that all up…Root Beer flavored batter being whisked in a mixing bowlThen fold in your whipped topping, or as I like to call it…Cool Whip.

Cool whip being stirred into root beer flavored batter

Stirring is serious business.A little boy stirring a bowl of root beer batterPour that into your crust…

Creamy root beer pie in a graham cracker crust-lined pie plate

And then let the kid lick out the bowl.A little boy licking a bowl of batter and giving the thumbs up signChill 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



  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  • 1 (4 serving) package Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 3/4 cup Root Beer
  • 1/2 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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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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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.

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?

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?

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?!?

October 14, 2013 11:30 am

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

October 14, 2013 3:46 pm
Reply to  Shelly

I feel silly even asking!!! Thank you so much! PS – I made this before asking the question and only used 1 cup cool whip and it was still delightful!

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!

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 22, 2013 8:56 am

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

July 21, 2013 6:20 pm

This is my kind of pie!

July 20, 2013 4:03 pm

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

July 20, 2013 3:50 pm

Can you use diet Root Beer?

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?

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

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!!

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!

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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