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Several lofthouse style cookies with sprinkles on a red and white plate

Lofthouse Cookies Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Deliciously soft sugar cookies topped with a delicious frosting. This easy soft sugar cookie recipe is like grocery store's Lofthouse cookie recipe, but better! 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 24 cookies



  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 tbsp butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Food Coloring


  • 12 tbsp butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or cream
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles for garnish



  • Cream the sugar and butter together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla to butter and mix well to combine. Add food coloring as desired. Remember the color will lighten up when the dry ingredients are added.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Transfer dough to an airtight container and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Note that this dough will be soft and sticky.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Remove cookie dough from refrigerator and use a cookie scoop to scoop a ball of dough that is about the size of a golf ball into your hands and shape into a smooth ball. If dough is still sticky, dust your hands with flour. Once shaped, place the balls of dough onto cookies sheets at least 2” apart. Gently press down and slightly flatten each ball of dough with your hands.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until they puff up and are starting to just slightly brown around edges. Remove from place baking sheet on a wire cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least ten minutes.


  • Cream the butter and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in vanilla and mix well. If the frosting is stiff, beat in the milk or cream by 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Add food coloring and mix well until desired color is obtained.
  • Frosting can either be piped onto cookies with a piping bag or an offset spatula can be used to frost cookies. Garnish with sprinkles after frosting.
  • Note: this frosting does not truly firm up, so it’s best not to stack cookies on top of each other.



Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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