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Lofthouse cookies

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Copycat Lofthouse Cookies are a kid and adult favorite! These sugar cookies melt in your mouth with the perfect amount of delicious homemade buttercream frosting. Make these for any occasion or just when you are craving the perfect frosted sugar cookie. 

Lofthouse cookies

In our house, we love sugar cookies! Whether it is our cross sugar cookies for Easter or our Gingerbread Sugar cookies at Christmas time we love them all, but if you ask my kids their favorite is always these Lofthouse cookies! 

If you have yet to make a Lofthouse cookie at home, now is the time. You will fall in love with how easy these cookies are to make and the flavor. Every bite will have the perfect blend of almond and vanilla extract that will make you want to just keep eating! 

lofthouse cookies

These Lofthouse cookies are soft and delicious, and the perfect treat to enjoy all year long. Add your favorite variety of sprinkles or holiday-themed sprinkles to give these cookies the perfect festive look for any occasion. 

lofthouse cookies

Ingredients:

Cookies:

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ sour cream
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Frosting: 

  • ½ cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups confectionary sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Blue food coloring
  • sprinkles

How to Make Lofthouse Cookies

Cookies: 

  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl, and set it aside. 
  • In the bowl of your mixer, cream your butter and granulated sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Mix in the sour cream, eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. 
  • Stir in the flour mixture just until combined. 
  • Divide the dough into two equal proportions. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • Dust your counter with flour and roll the dough to about ½ inch thick. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies from the dough. Transfer the cookies onto the sheet pan about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely.

Frosting: 

  • Cream the butter in the bowl of your mixer until it’s light and fluffy. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar until all is combined. 
  • Add in the milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix over medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in a few drops of the blue food coloring.
  • Place the frosting in a piping bag with a large straight piping tip.
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cookies and use a knife to smooth the top of the frosting. 
  • Top the cookies with the sprinkles.  
lofthouse cookies

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • If your dough seems to be sticky it is because these are more of a cake-like cookie until they are baked. You want to make sure your dough is nice and chilled before working with it as well as flouring the cutting board. You can also roll the dough with two sheets of parchment paper to help with the stickiness of it. 
  • If you want to dye your Lofthouse cookies, add gel food coloring to the dough until you get your desired color.
  • Once you roll out the cookies, you will want to combine your dough scraps and re-roll them again. The more you roll the dough the tougher the cookies will become, so try and cut your cookies as closely as you can to one another. 
  • If you can’t find cake flour you can use regular flour. Just note your cookies will not be as soft and fluffy as the classic Lofthouse cookies. 
  • If you are looking for a specific color of sprinkles try Michaels or JoAnns in the cake decorating department. 
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Storage

You will want to store your Lofthouse cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. These will last up to 5 days. 

lofthouse cookies

Freezer

You can freeze unfrosted cookies in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. 

lofthouse cookies
Can you freeze frosted sugar cookies?

Yes, you can freeze frosted sugar cookies. You will want to store these in an airtight container. They will last for up to 3 months. 

Can you freeze buttercream frosting?

Yes, you can freeze buttercream frosting. You want to place it in a freezer-safe bag and then place it in the fridge. This will last up to 3 months. If you don’t place it in a bag, it may absorb some of the odors of the freezer. 

Can you make these cookies ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these cookies ahead of time. 

You can freeze the cut-out raw cookie dough and the premade frosting separately. Then, when you’re in the mood for the cookies, you can take out the cookie dough, bake them while allowing the frosting to come to room temperature, and decorate them with little effort. They will be just like you made them that day.

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Is there a faster way to make Lofthouse cookies?

If you are looking to make these faster, you can scoop the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on your sheet pan. 

Dip the bottom of a glass cup in four and press the cookie until it is ½ inch thick. 

Place the tray in the freezer for 5-10 minutes and then bake. Placing them in the freezer helps prevent them from spreading while baking. 

lofthouse cookies

Lofthouse cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Copycat Lofthouse Cookies are a kid and adult favorite! These sugar cookies melt in your mouth with the perfect amount of delicious homemade buttercream frosting. Make these for any occasion or just when you are craving the perfect frosted sugar cookie.

Ingredients

  • Cookies:
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ sour cream
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Frosting:
  • ½ cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups confectionary sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Blue food coloring
  • sprinkles

Instructions

    Cookies: 

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl, and set it aside. 
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, cream your butter and granulated sugar until it's light and fluffy. Mix in the sour cream, eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. 
  3. Stir in the flour mixture just until combined. 
  4. Divide the dough into two equal proportions. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  6. Dust your counter with flour and roll the dough to about ½ inch thick. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies from the dough. Transfer the cookies onto the sheet pan about 1 inch apart.
  7. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely.

Frosting: 

  1. Cream the butter in the bowl of your mixer until it's light and fluffy. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar until all is combined. 
  2. Add in the milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix over medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in a few drops of the blue food coloring.
  4. Place the frosting in a piping bag with a large straight piping tip.
  5. Pipe the frosting onto the cookies and use a knife to smooth the top of the frosting. 
  6. Top the cookies with the sprinkles. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g

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