Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies


Lofthouse Sugar cookies are those soft-cake like sugar cookies you find at the grocery store frosted with a sweet buttercream.  This is a homemade recipe for the cookies and delicious icing.

Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe for Christmas and holidaysLofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe for Christmas and holidays

I couldn’t resist trying these when I saw them described as tasting exactly like the delicious LoftHouse Cookies sold in grocery store bakeries.  They are soft, moist, very addictive and fluffy (a bit fluffier than the store bought kind, in my opinion).   Well, the verdict is, they DID taste very similar and I really can’t wait to share them with everyone on Christmas.  What a perfect holiday cookie!

I thought they were quite tasty, but I know that they may not appeal to everyone, since they do taste a bit different than the ones in the store… but they are pretty darn close for a homemade version – and they taste great either way, right?!

Note: the dough is VERY soft to work with.  It’s good to keep the dough you aren’t rolling out in the refrigerator while you work with the rest of the dough. Store cookies in an airtight container so they stay soft!

Also, keep in mind that the Lofthouse cookies are more fluffy and cakey than your typical sugar cookie.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe for Christmas and holidays

Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe for Christmas and holidays

Don’t you just want to eat that frosting with a spoon?

Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies
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Lofthouse Sugar cookies are those soft-cake like sugar cookies you find at the grocery store frosted with a sweet buttercream. This is a homemade recipe for the cookies and delicious icing.
Makes approximately 5 to 6 dozen cookies (will vary on the thickness of the dough)*
  • 6 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Cup. butter, at room temperature
  • 2 Cups. granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1½ Cups Sour cream
Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (can also use vanilla extract)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Several drops food coloring (I used green)
  • Sprinkles
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle/flat beater attached, cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  3. Add the eggs, ONE at a time – beating until each is well incorporated.
  4. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough will be a bit “sticky”.
  6. Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1½ inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap.
  7. Chill in the refrigerator overnight or several hours, until firm (make sure it feels firm before you work with it or it still stick to everything).
  8. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper/silicone baking mat or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
  9. Use the plastic wrap that you chilled the dough in.
  10. Dust the top of the dough and then flip and generously flour the other side, keeping it ON the plastic wrap. Use flour generously to keep from sticking!
  11. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to ¼-inch thickness. (Keep dough you are not working with IN the fridge!)
  12. Using a 2½-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. It is best to work in small batches while keeping the remainder of the dough chilled since this dough is so soft.
  1. To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla.
  2. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar and the pinch of salt.
  3. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, then beat at medium-high speed for a minute or two until light and fluffy. If desired, add food coloring and beat until combined.
  4. Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles.
  5. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit for several hours before serving to allow the flavors to develop.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 5-6 dozen
Recipe source:  adapted from
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28 Responses to “Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies”

  1. December 23, 2013 at 5:16 AM #

    D..licious and perfect for Xmas!!! 🙂 🙂
    Merry Xmas Ashley! Xx

    • December 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM #

      Merry Christmas Johlene!

  2. December 23, 2013 at 7:54 AM #

    Ashley, these cookies are so addicting. Yes I would probably be eating the frosting by the spoonful if I tried to make these at home. Wishing you a super holiday. BAM

    • December 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM #

      The frosting is so good!

  3. December 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM #

    Lofthouse sugar cookies are one of the best things EVER! I love that you recreated them :).

    • December 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM #

      Thanks girl !

  4. December 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM #

    I saw these in the store and wondered how it would be to make them at home. Now I don’t have to figure it out! Yay! You did a great job with these!

    • December 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM #

      They are pretty simple to make at home! Thanks Nancy, and merry Christmas!

  5. December 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM #

    Don’t I want to eat that frosting with a spoon? Yes, I do! Looks delicious! Love how soft these look. Have a great holiday girl!

    • December 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM #

      I definitely had a few spoonfuls of the frosting !

  6. December 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM #

    I love sugar cookies like these, soooo good. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • December 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM #

      Me too! They r my favorite ! Thanks so much 😉

  7. December 23, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

    I’ve been meaning to try my hand at Lofthouse cookies for a while – they sound so wonderful!

    • December 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM #

      They r a little bit of work but so worth it!

  8. December 24, 2013 at 2:21 PM #

    These are some of my favorite cookies! Yours look wonderful. Merry Christmas!

    • December 24, 2013 at 2:23 PM #

      Merry Christmas, Eva!

  9. December 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM #

    Wow, what a gorgeous idea! So festive, they’re like decorations in themselves x

    • December 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM #

      Thank you Sarah!

  10. December 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM #

    The perfect frosted cookie for Christmas, Ashley! Yours look divine with festive holiday sprinkles and I love that frosting close-up shot. 😉 Thanks for sharing, my friend. Warmest wishes to you and yours for a meaningful and joyful Christmas holiday! xo

    • December 24, 2013 at 3:56 PM #

      Thank you! They are so good (especially the frosting) 🙂

  11. December 24, 2013 at 9:14 PM #

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • December 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM #

      You also! Merry Christmas!

  12. December 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM #

    I’m addicted to those Lofthouse cookies! I think the reason the homemade version doesn’t taste like store-bought is because they add some crack to the store ones, to get you hooked. These look like the perfect Christmas cookie!

    • December 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM #

      They have crack in them haha you’re probably right!

  13. December 27, 2013 at 7:16 AM #

    Ashley, these came out so perfect!! Hope you had a great Christmas! 🙂

  14. December 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM #

    These are so festive, Ashley. I love the colour and the sprinkles. And that frosting! Yes, I do want to eat it right off the spoon! xx

    • December 29, 2013 at 10:53 PM #

      I did have a few spoonfuls, I have to say! Thanks Charlie!

  15. Sky
    January 31, 2017 at 7:17 PM #

    How many cookies does this recipe make?

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