Lofthouse Cookies

Lofthouse Cookies

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni 

  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 dozen (24 servings)

Lofthouse cookies are the soft and delicious sugar cookies with a sweet fluffy frosting you find in the bakery section of just about every supermarket. They are sold in clamshell packaging lined up vertically to keep the frosting and decorations looking picture perfect.

This homemade version of the familiar favorite is better than the store-bought cookies and completely customizable. The color of the frosting and the decorations can be personalized for holidays, to match your favorite sports teams, or even for baby showers and gender reveal parties.

What makes Lofthouse cookies so special is the delicate texture of the cookies topped with the whimsical light frosting. There are a few secret ingredients in these cake-like cookies. First, sour cream is mixed into the batter. This adds moisture to the soft cookies and the acid helps activate the baking soda. The recipe also calls for cake flour instead of all-purpose flour. This finely milled flour has a low protein content which results in a delicate and fine crumb. Finally, it is important not to over-bake Lofthouse cookies. Make sure they are set and just starting to become golden brown on the bottom.

Ingredients

  • For the Cookies:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cake flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Frosting and Decoration:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Prepare 2 baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.

    Gather the ingredients
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  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the sugar, butter, and sour cream until light and fluffy. 

    Mix the sugar, butter, and sour cream
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  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. 

    Add egg and vanilla
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  4. In a large bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 

    Mix the dry ingredients
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  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just combined. 

    Mix wet and dry ingredients
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  6. Scoop 2 heaping tablespoons of the cookie dough and drop onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Lightly dust your fingers with cake flour and gently shape the dough into a 2-inch circle. Dip the bottom of a glass into some of the cake flour and gently press the dough to evenly flatten the top of each cookie. 

    Shape the Lofthouse Cookies
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  7. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until they are just set and have just started to lightly brown on the bottom, 15 to 17 minutes. Do not overbake. Allow the cookies to sit on the baking sheets for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 

    Bake and cool the Lofthouse Cookies
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  8. When ready to serve, prepare the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, heavy cream (begin with 1 tablespoon and add additional cream a necessary), vanilla, and a few drops of your choice of food coloring. Mix until light and fluffy and the desired texture and color have been achieved.

    Make the frosting
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  9. Frost the tops of the cookies with the frosting, leaving a little space to show the edge of the cookie. Garnish with sprinkles. 

    Decorate the Lofthouse Cookies
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  10. Store in a single layer inside an airtight container.

    Lofthouse Cookies
    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni