Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies

Today I surprised my girls with Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies for Valentine’s Day!

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Yes it was a day early, but I wanted them to be able to bring some with them to school and pass them out to their close friends. That and I didn’t want 3 dozen cookies in the same vicinity as me.

Have you ever had a Lofthouse cookie before? If you have — aren’t they amazing? For those of you who are not familiar, well, let me school you on the deliciousness that is the Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookie.

You may have seen Lofthouse cookies in the bakery section at your local grocery store, or even in a little stand perfectly situated right by the milk — brilliant. The cookies are these extra-thick, super soft sugar cookies with a generous swipe of frosting on top and always come with sprinkles. Lofthouse style sugar cookies are fun because the frosting colors and sprinkles can change depending on what season or holiday is nearing.

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So you can tint the frosting green for St. Patrick’s Day or red, white and blue for the 4th of July or orange for Halloween with black and white sprinkles. The sky is the limit.

This recipe makes 3 dozen (36!) Lofthouse cookies, so this recipe is great for bringing to classroom parties, bake sales or packing in lunches for like the next month.

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The cookie recipe is pretty basic, however what makes these cookies so utterly soft is the sour cream.

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In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Then set aside for a moment.

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In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, add the stick of butter, 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1 cup of sugar. Mix until combined.

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Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one.

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With the mixer on, gradually add in the flour mixture.

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Until the ingredients are incorporated.

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Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to measure out the dough and place onto a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet.

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Roll the dough into smooth balls in your palms and then press until flattened to about 1/3 of an inch thick. You’ll want these pretty flat or else they will rise too much and not spread enough. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes on the middle rack in your preheated 350° oven.

*You could also chill the dough, roll out onto a lightly floured surface and stamp out cookies with a cookie cutter.

Allow the cookies to cool completely before frosting.

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I’m using my vanilla buttercream and adding a few drops of food coloring to make a pretty pink frosting.

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Start by adding a stick of super soft (not melted) butter to your stand mixer and blend until smooth and creamy. About 2 minutes.

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Add in the 2 to 3 cups of sifted powdered sugar. Once incorporated, add in the vanilla and milk.

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Lastly, add in the food coloring (if using).

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Pretty in pink!

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Swirl on the frosting and sprinkle with… sprinkles! Who needs store bought when you can make Lofthouse style sugar cookies at home?

For more frosting options, try vanilla buttercream frosting, white chocolate cream cheese frosting or white chocolate cream cheese frosting!

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Enjoy! And if you give these Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies

Lofthouse style sugar cookies are extra-thick, super soft sugar cookies with a generous swirl of frosting and sprinkles.

Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: about 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes for cookies (add an hour for cooling and frosting)

Ingredients:

FOR THE COOKIES:

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 stick unsalted butter, soft at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup (full fat) sour cream

2 whole large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

FOR THE FROSTING:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

2 to 3 cups sifted powdered sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 to 6 tablespoons of whole milk

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350° and line 2 baking sheets with parchment or a silicone baking mat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside for a moment.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, sugar and sour cream together until well combined. Next add in the eggs, one at a time and mixing after each one. Then add in the vanilla and mix until incorporated.

With your mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture, scraping down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl halfway through.

Using a 2-tablespoon scoop to measure 12 cookies (per baking sheet) out and placing them onto the prepared pan. Roll each cookie dough into a ball and use your fingers to press flat -- about 1/3-inch thick, the will still rise quite a bit in the oven.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are barely golden brown. Remove and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

FOR THE FROSTING:

Start by adding a stick of super soft (not melted) butter to your stand mixer and blend until smooth and creamy. About 2 minutes.

Next add in the sifted powder sugar and mix until combined. Add in the vanilla and enough milk until the frosting has reached the desired consistency. Add drops of food coloring --if using-- until you get the color you're after.

Frost cookies and top with sprinkles.

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Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookie recipe adapted (barely) from The Recipe Critic. The buttercream frosting is a recipe I’ve always used.

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10 Responses to “Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies”

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    Mary // chattavore — February 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I wish someone would make ME some lofthouse cookies! I LOVE these and absolutely cannot buy them at the store because my husband won’t eat them so I’d end up eating them all! I could freeze the dough for these, so I’ll totally have to try these myself!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 17th, 2017 @ 9:27 am

      I’ll make you Lofthouse cookies, Mary!! 😀

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    coco — February 17, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I, too, love these cookies! can you freeze this dough? if so, should i just make the dough and freeze them it into individual balls or freeze them flat? Thank you!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 24th, 2017 @ 8:31 am

      Hi coco! I would think so! I would freeze them flat, so all you have to do is bake and frost. 🙂

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    Jackie — March 2, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Hi Laurie

    I don’t have a big enough container for 36 cookies, how would I transport them to a party without the frosting coming off. I think if I stack the frosting would come off.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 12th, 2017 @ 4:11 pm

      Sorry Jackie, I thought I had responded to you! I would use a large rimmed sheet pan and lay them at an angle. The frosting hardens so they shouldn’t get messed up too bad. 🙂

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    Kimberly Powell — March 3, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Your cookies are just delicious! They taste heavenly and super easy to make. Thank you for the step-by-step pictures, they were really helpful! =D

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 12th, 2017 @ 4:12 pm

      I’m so glad! Thank YOU!

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    Sophia — December 7, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I love you page so much! I have a blog that I share with my two other siblings and I have a desserts and baking category. I wanted to make these cookies because my family absolutely loves lofthouse cookies. Sadly mine didn’t turn out as good as yours but I still documented it and add your site for the original recipe. I would love if you would check out that video and possible give me some tips on where I may have went wrong. Everyone said that they really liked the cookies but if you watch the video you can see the don’t look much like lofthouse style cookies. The post comes out tomorrow at 9:00 am c.s.t if you would like to look at it thank you!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — December 11th, 2017 @ 8:47 am

      Hi Sophia! Thank you so much! I took a look at your video and I did notice that you didn’t roll the cookie dough into a ball before flattening. Also, the pan you used wasn’t a rimmed metal baking (cookie) sheet but a brownie pan, so that could be another reason they look different. It’s hard to say what went wrong and where without being in the kitchen with you but I think those things may help the appearance of your cookies. I hope this helps!

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