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Lofthouse Cookies Recipe

These Lofthouse cookies are an easy, delicious homemade soft sugar cookie topped with a generous layer of frosting.

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Sour cream in the sugar cookie recipe adds richness and keeps the texture perfect.

Soft sugar cookies don’t keep their shape perfectly and have a chewy texture, as opposed to more traditional cut-out sugar cookies, which are firmer and keep their shape when baked.

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The soft, tender original Lofthouse cookies with pillowy frosting, a recipe handed down over generations, have been in stores since 1994, but there isn’t much information out there on the history of the cookies.

So, we home bakers are left to our own devices. Sour cream is the secret ingredient in these cookies to achieve just the right softness.

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The finished dough is a little soft, so it helps to chill in the refrigerator before baking. After chilling, you may roll out the cookie dough on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin and use a 2-inch cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.

Alternatively, you can scoop about a tablespoon and a half of dough, roll it in a ball, and flatten the ball with the palm of your floured-hand. 

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To frost the cookies, I use a bakery-style buttercream frosting that combines shortening and butter for just the right grocery-store cookie taste.

You use any of your favorite buttercream frosting recipes, or even store-bought. Choose any color, too, to tint your frosting, and the sprinkles are optional.

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Or, try chocolate frosting for something different. 

Lofthouse cookies are an easy, yummy soft sugar cookie, loaded with just the right amount of sweet frosting, and perfect for every party.

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Try dividing the frosting and tinting rainbow colors or dye the frosting to match your favorite sports team. Or make a batch for someone’s special birthday treat instead of cake!

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Lofthouse Cookies Recipe

Meaghan Mountford
These copycat Lofthouse cookies are delicious, soft sugar cookies topped with pretty pink bakery-style frosting. Perfect for a party!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Cuisine Frosting
Servings 24 1 cookie
Calories 239.01 kcal


  • 2 All-Purpose Flour
  • 0.75 Baking Powder
  • 0.5 Baking Soda
  • 0.5 Salt
  • 0.5 Butter softened
  • 0.75 Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 0.5 Sour Cream
  • 1 Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 0.25 Butter (1/2 stick) softened
  • 0.5 Vegetable Shortening (Crisco used here)
  • 1 Confectioners Sugar
  • Salt
  • 2 Milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a bowl, place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Briefly mix with a whisk. 
  • In a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, or in the bowl of a standing mixer, place the butter and sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla and blend well. Gradually stir in the flour mixture. 
  • Chill the dough for 1 hour. Roll the dough on a generously floured surface with a floured rolling pin about 1/4-inch thick. Use a two-inch circle cookie cutter to cut out the dough. Place the cookies on the prepared baking tray. Alternatively, roll about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough into a ball and gently flatten with your floured palm. 
  • Bake one tray at a time in the middle of the oven until edges start to brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Keep the other tray of cookies in the refrigerator while the first tray bakes. Let cool completely before frosting. 
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer or in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, blend the butter and shortening on low speed.
  • Gradually add about half of the confectioner’s sugar. Blend in the vanilla, salt and two tablespoons of the milk. Gradually add the rest of the confectioner’s sugar and mix very well until the frosting is smooth. If necessary, add additional milk or water to desired consistency.
  • Tint the frosting with food coloring. Use the frosting to top Lofthouse cookies and add sprinkles if desired. You may not use all of the frosting. 


Calories: 239.01kcalCarbohydrates: 33.25gProtein: 1.43gFat: 11.35gSaturated Fat: 5.1gSodium: 78.49mgFiber: 0.25gSugar: 24.69g
Keyword Baked, Baking, Cookies, Copycat, Copycat Desserts, Desserts, Frosting, Party Food
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