Lofthouse Cookies

Prep 20 mins
Cook 7 mins
Add'l 10 hrs
Total 10 hrs 27 mins
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Soft, simple Lofthouse Cookies are easy to make, and are a fun treat for birthdays and other special occasions. These sugar cookies with sweet homemade icing will just melt in your mouth!

Thick, Soft Lofthouse Cookies, from Scratch!

When friends contact me for birthday requests, they usually ask for cupcakes. Occasionally they will branch out, and ask for a layered cake. But on one special occasion, I was asked to make cookies – a totally new request! It was tricky for me, because in my opinion, cookies don’t say “birthday.” Picnic, yes. Lunchbox, sure. But birthday? Not so much.

Still, I was committed to delivering what the birthday girl wanted. So after much soul cookie searching, I decided on soft sugar cookies with icing, also known as Lofthouse cookies. This recipe is scarily close to the store-bought version – I can’t even begin to tell you how dangerous this will be for me, my jeans, and my sprinkle collection. (Yes, I said sprinkle collection.)

Also, just for everyone’s information, I was totally wrong. Boy, was I wrong! Because these melt-in-your-mouth, thick and sweet, frosted and sprinkled cookies just scream “birthday!”

(P.S. Love sugar cookies? Check out these Soft Maple Sugar Cookies, or these easy Funfetti Sugar Cookies, and the best Chocolate Sugar Cookies, too!)

Cookies on a parchment-lined work surface. Some of the cookies have been frosted, and some have not.

Why Are Lofthouse Cookies Called Lofthouse Cookies?

In 1995, a husband-and-wife team, Dave and DeAnn Stone, started a cookie-baking business and sold their cookies to local grocery stores. The product took off, and became known by the company name: Lofthouse. Eventually, Lofthouse Foods, Inc. was bought out, but those famous Lofthouse cookies are a still a household name!

From top: Sprinkles, baking soda and baking powder, vanilla, eggs, butter, heavy cream, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, flour, sour cream.

The Ingredients

This recipe is so simple, and the ingredients are all probably items that you already have on hand. The sour cream, baking powder, and baking soda keep your homemade Lofthouse cookies light and airy.

For the Cookies:

  • Flour: The actual amount of flour you’ll need varies, depending on factors like humidity, how large your eggs are, etc. Plan on 5 – 6 cups.
  • Baking Soda and Baking Powder: Using both together gives the cookies a thick, airy texture.
  • Butter: The butter should be at room temperature.
  • Granulated Sugar: Plain granulated sugar is fine.
  • Eggs: You’ll need three whole eggs.
  • Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract gives the best flavor.
  • Sour Cream: I used light sour cream for these cookies.

For the Frosting:

  • Butter: Again, make sure your butter is at room temperature, or it won’t beat up properly.
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered Sugar: This light, finely-ground sugar gives your frosting the perfect smooth and fluffy texture.
  • Cream: A small amount of heavy cream is used to thin the frosting to the right consistency.
  • Sprinkles: Use whatever sprinkles you like to decorate your Lofthouse cookies.
Six decorated cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Step by Step Instructions

The process for making homemade Lofthouse cookies involves mixing the ingredients in the correct order, chilling the dough, and then baking and frosting. It’s not hard, but there are a number of steps involved, so I recommend reading the recipe a couple of times before you start baking.

Combine the Dry Ingredients. First, dump five cups of your flour, along with the baking soda and baking powder, into a mixing bowl. Give these ingredients a quick stir or whisk to combine, and then set them aside.

Combine the Wet Ingredients. Next, cream the butter and sugar together. You can do this in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large mixing bowl. Cream the ingredients by beating them until they are light and fluffy, and then scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the eggs one at a time, beating the mixture a little after each egg. Then add the vanilla and sour cream, and beat at low speed until combined.

Mix the Dry Ingredients with the Wet Ingredients. Carefully pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Beat on low speed for a short time – just until the two mixtures are combined. You don’t want to beat on high speed, or the flour will go everywhere! Next, add more flour 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough is thick enough for rolling and cutting. You should not need more than one additional cup of flour, total.

Chill the Dough. Once the dough is the right texture, divide it into two pieces. Flatten each piece into a rectangle or circle about 1 1/2 inches thick. Wrap the dough pieces tightly in plastic wrap, and chill overnight in the fridge.

Get Ready to Bake. The following day, preheat the oven to 425°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper, or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.

Cut Out the Cookies. Generously sprinkle your work surface and rolling pin with flour. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness, and use a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter to cut out your Lofthouse cookies. Carefully lift the cookies out onto your prepared baking sheets.

Bake and Cool. Bake the cookies for 7-8 minutes, or until pale golden and just set. Immediately transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Beaten frosting in a metal mixing bowl.

Make the Frosting. While the cookies are cooling, you can make the frosting. Using a clean bowl and mixer, cream together the butter and vanilla for the frosting, and then slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once the mixture is smooth and creamy, add in the heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the desired thickness is achieved.

Frosted Lofthouse cookies decorated with multicolor sprinkles.

Decorate and Rest. When the cookies are completely cool, frost them and add your sprinkles. Allow the frosting to set, and then store the cookies in an air-tight container. Then (this is important!) let the cookies sit overnight, to allow the flavors to develop.

Enjoy!

A close-up shot of a Lofthouse cookie, broken in half.

Recipe Notes

Before you start baking, I hope you’ll take a minute to look over these helpful tips and recipe notes. Each one will help make sure your Lofthouse cookies turn out perfectly soft, sweet, and scrumptious.

  • Handling the Dough: Since this dough is so soft, it may be helpful to have a small-ish spatula for lifting both the unbaked and baked cookies, until they’ve cooled and hardened a little bit. It’s also very important to chill the dough and cookies thoroughly according to the recipe instructions.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: To keep things light and airy, you want the cookie dough to come together thoroughly without overmixing. To do this, make sure that your ingredients, especially the butter, are at room temperature.
  • Don’t Brown the Cookies: No one loves a golden-brown, perfectly baked cookie more than I do – but in this case, you should take the cookies out before they get any color on them. Lofthouse cookies are known for their pale, soft, just-baked texture.
  • Let them Sit Overnight: These cookies need their resting time overnight to develop their flavors and textures completely. As yummy as they are freshly-baked, they will taste like real Lofthouse cookies the next day.
Several cookies on a baking sheet. One has a bite taken out of it.

Easy Variations

This recipe is great if you’re looking for standard Lofthouse cookies, but it’s also a perfect starting point for customized, personalized cookies! Check out these simple variation ideas, and enjoy!

  • Colorful Cookies: Feel free to add a few drops of food coloring to the cookie dough, to make a colorful cookie that goes with your holiday or party theme. Fun!
  • Flavor Ideas: A little bit of extract or flavoring can really up the flavor ante here. Consider adding peppermint extract, orange extract, rum flavoring, almond, lemon… so many great options. Some extracts and flavorings are stronger than others, so it’s a good idea to start small (like 1/4 teaspoon) and add more if needed.
  • Topping Options: Who says you have to use sprinkles? Lofthouse cookies are just as yummy with plain frosting, or with fun toppings like chopped nuts, crushed candy bars, M&Ms, or whatever you like.

How to Store Lofthouse Cookies

You can store these in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. I prefer to serve these at room temperature, but they can also be served chilled.

Can I Freeze These?

Sure! Like many cookies, homemade Lofthouse cookies are easy to freeze. Just line them up in layers in an airtight container, with a layer of wax paper or parchment paper between each layer to protect the frosting. Freeze for up to three months. (Note: It’s best to freeze them without sprinkles, so that the colors don’t run into the frosting after freezing and thawing.)

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Lofthouse Cookies

Close-up shot of frosted sugar cookies decorated with sprinkles.

Soft, simple Lofthouse Cookies are easy to make, and are a fun treat for birthdays and other special occasions. These sugar cookies with sweet homemade icing will just melt in your mouth!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 27 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 6 cups flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups light sour cream

Icing:

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

For the cookies:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk 5 cups of flour, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough needs to obtain the right consistency for rolling, so add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until this is achieved (up to 1 cup more flour).
  4. Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1 1/2 inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
  5. Generously flour a work area and rolling pin. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

For the frosting:

  1. To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired spreading consistency is achieved.
  2. Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit overnight before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

Notes

Recipe Note: Make sure and let these sit overnight! They are really perfect and soft the next day!

Storage: You can store these in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. I prefer to serve these at room temperature, but they can also be served chilled.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 435Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 216mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 5g

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184 Responses
  1. Lisa

    Just wanted to say these are my go to recipe for sugar cookies. Everyone loves them and I make them a few times a year. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  2. Sheryl

    We made these cookies in October and my whole family loved them! The dough is a tad sticky but just dust your hands with some flour. Will definitely make again!

  3. Cookie adventurest

    After reading your reviews on these cookies I’m not at all into wasting my time.
    Most of the reviews are “pretty sprinkles”, “gonna try it soon!”.
    Please has anyone made these?,tried them?.
    I go by reviews of actually from people who have tried the recipes,not because they like the photos.
    So hoorah!,for pretty sprinkles,let’s hear a shout out for how they actually worked out and tasted. That’s what I’d like to read about.
    I’m sorry for any rubbing any shoulders,or being negative I’m just being honest about, why I’ll be moving on with my search for a cake like “suger cookie recipe”.
    One more note ,if there are reviews from people who made these cookies,may I suggest putting or mixing those into the top ten to read first not “oh how pretty”.

    1. Deana Abbate

      Have these on my pinterest board. And they are very good! Made them a few times now and everyone enjoys them.

  4. Kim

    Is normal for the dough to be super sticky?? I added the additional 1 cup of flour however it was very stick, decided not to add anymore flour. Sitting in the fridge now, hopefully it will turn out good.

  5. JoAnna

    I know that a lot of cookie recipes say they makes a bunch of cookies, such as 4 dozen cookies. Then, once you make them it only makes half (or less) the cookies the recipe says it makes.
    Does this really make 4 dozen cookies?? How big are the cookies? Are they the same size as the original loftouse cookies, 2 inches? Does it make 4 dozen 2 inch cookies?

  6. Jessica

    I’ve got my dough sitting in the fridge but was really hoping to bake them tonight. Does the dough have to sit in the fridge all night before I can bake them or can I just chill it for a couple hours and then bake them?

    Thanks!

    -Jess

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      Jessica

      Hi! They will still be tasty if you make them immediately, but they are best if you let the dough rest. The flour absorbs the moisture and it’s much better texture of the cookies similar to the store bought ones.

  7. Gloria widener

    I made these cookies for Easter, they turned out wonderful.  Easy peasy.  I made lavender, pink and yellow with a hand mixer.  Nice, soft and delish.

  8. bek

    Recipe calls for 1 cup of butter 2 different times on the ingredients list. Was that a typo? Or should I be using 2 cups of butter to cream with the sugar?

  9. Faye

    Hey, I don’t have heavy cream at the moment and I really want to make these. Do you have any substitutions on that?

  10. Kellie

    I have made these cookies before, and they are amazing! My favorite soft sugar cookie that I’ve made. I’m about to make them right now, and realize that I don’t have sour cream…. Would plain greek yogurt make an okay substitute?

  11. Mary

    I’ve made these probably dozens of times now, I love them so much! I bring giant plates into work and they are gone in minutes. Most recently I added 1tsp of nutmeg to make christmas cookies. So good!!!

  12. Karen vaughn Davis

    Hey, to all of you who need a much stiffer icing. Make royal icing, it has meringue in it and it hardens up but is still edible. And for all of you who need a clear Vanilla for the icing and white cookie, use Wilton’s Clear vanilla, you can purchase it at Walmart and Michaels “in the cake decorating section”, I also use clear butter flavoring. But when you change flavorings make sure to keep the same measurements of liquid so not to change the wetness of the recipe. And real butter has salt in it unless it is stated on the package; this recipe doesn’t call for unsalted butter, so it is regular butter.

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