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Lofthouse Cookies

If you love Lofthouse Cookies then you’ll love making this easy classic grocery store copycat recipe at home. These soft and sweet sugar cookies are just like the original cookies and have the perfect classic pink buttercream icing with sprinkles that nobody can resist!!


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Lofthouse sugar cookies

This Lofthouse sugar cookie recipe is a great match for the amazing famous Lofthouse sugar cookies that are available from your local grocery store. Right down to the perfect soft pink icing and sprinkles!

I have made a lot of sugar cookies in my time but there is something about the pink icing combined with the bright colored sprinkles that is ideal for any occasion and draws so many people to them.

Why are Lofthouse cookies so good?

Well let’s start with the perfect soft sugar cookies base, then frosted with an amazing sweet fluffy pink buttercream icing. Hello, you had me at sugar cookie then finished me with buttercream icing.

One of the key features of a soft sugar cookie recipe is their texture. They should be light, fluffy, and tender on the inside with a slightly crisp exterior.

Achieving this requires careful mixing and baking techniques and we have you covered in this easy Lofthouse cookies recipe.

Not to mention how versatile this Lofthouse frosted sugar cookies recipe is to customize dressed-up as holiday Lofthouse Christmas cookies or for Valentines day and Easter styles.

Lofthouse cookies on a white plate with cookies and milk bottle in the background.

They really are so good and this homemade sugar cookie recipe is just as good to enjoy whenever you want them! Please your family and quests by having them on your Christmas cookie tray.

It is an easy sugar cookie recipe that are so fun to make with your the kids, helping to make those cherished memories together.

Also try my delicious jumbo sugar cookies, funfetti Christmas sugar cookies or the best cut-out sugar cookies to make with the kids.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Easy Lofthouse cookies recipe
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Lofthouse cookie texture with pink buttercream icing
  • Copycat soft sugar cookie recipe loved by many
  • Perfect sugar cookie food gift

Lofthouse Cookies Ingredients

Labelled ingredients for lofthouse copycat sugar cookies on marble board.
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar – for the frosting
  • Cornstarch – helps achieve soft cookie texture
  • Butter – unsalted at room temperature
  • Vanilla Extract – pure gives the best flavor
  • Egg – at room temperature
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Milk – frosting
  • Corn Syrup – for the frosting
  • Sprinkles – optional
  • Food Coloring – optional for the Lofthouse pink icing

Substitutions

You can substitute the food coloring to help achieve your theme by using any color like blue, green or yellow to make yellow Lofthouse cookies.

Substitute in your favorite sprinkles, sanding sugar or nonpareils to use on top of the icing.

For more of a nutty flavor Almond extract can used used as a substitute for the vanilla extract in this recipe, but we prefer using the vanilla.

Step by step instructions for how to make Lofthouse cookies

Steps one to four for how to make the cookies with photos for each step.

STEP ONE Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

STEP TWO – Using a hand mixer, or stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add in vanilla and egg, and mix until well combined.

STEP THREE – Take out 2 medium-sized size mixing bowls, and using a sifter, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cornstarch, alternating between the two bowls until the flour mixture has been sifted 3-4 times. The flour should have a powder texture.

STEP FOUR – Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Steps five to ten for how to make lofthouse sugar cookies.

STEP FIVE – Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness. Use a circular cookie cutter to cut out each cookie.

STEP SIX – Place cookies on a prepared baking sheet and leave 2 inches between each cookie. 

STEP SEVEN – Bake for 7-9 minutes, until edges are lightly golden

STEP EIGHT – Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

STEP NINE – To make the frosting, beat the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy

STEP TEN – Beat in the vanilla, milk, corn syrup, and food coloring until the frosting is smooth and spreadable.

Baked lofthouse cookies on a wire cooling rack and frosted ones on the side with sprinkles.

STEP ELEVEN – Once cookies have cooled completely, spread frosting onto each cookie and then top with sprinkles.

Variations

Lofthouse style cookies can be customized with various flavors or sprinkles and using different colors of food coloring.

These copycat Lofthouse cookies can be made as chocolate Lofthouse cookies or even Lofthouse chocolate chip cookies.

You can make a twist on a classic favorite Christmas cookie, Lofthouse snickerdoodle cookies and a fun Lofthouse Halloween cookie or a 4th of July Lofthouse patriotic cookies.

Lofthouse cookies with a bite taken out of it.

Sandra’s top tips for making the best Lofthouse cookies recipe

  • Use room temperature butter and egg along along with the freshest, best quality ingredients for the best cookie flavor
  • Do not overbake these cookies for the proper Lofthouse cookie texture
  • Using gel food coloring is a good idea as it is highly concentrated so that you can use less to easily control and achieve your vibrant color
  • Be sure to use cornstarch as it is a key ingredient to get the perfect soft sugar cookie texture

Can I make Lofthouse cookies ahead of time?

Yes you can! Store the ready made cookie dough in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days before using. Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for up to 20 minutes for easier handling.

Lofthouse cookies on a wire cooling rack.

How to store Lofthouse soft sugar cookies?

Store these sugar cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 to 7 days.

Can you freeze Lofthouse cookies?

Yes you can! After the baked cookies have cooled place in a freezer-safe container to freeze for 2 to 3 months. While you can freeze them frosted we highly recommend you freeze them not frosted and icing them after they thaw at room temperature before serving.

You can also flash freeze them unbaked by placing your cut-out sugar cookies on a baking sheet and placing them in the freezer for 30 minutes or until frozen through. Place in freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Thaw at room temperature, bake, frost and sprinkle before serving.

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Lofthouse Sugar Cookies


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 30 minutes with cooling
  • Yield: 24 cookies

Description

If you love Lofthouse Cookies then you’ll love making this easy classic grocery store copycat recipe at home. These soft and sweet sugar cookies are just like the original cookies and have the perfect classic pink buttercream icing with sprinkles that nobody can resist!!


Ingredients

2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour (Spooned and Leveled)

1 tsp of baking powder

1/2 tsp of baking soda

1/4 tsp of salt

4 TBS of cornstarch

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup of granulated sugar

1 tsp of vanilla

1 egg

      Frosting:

1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened

2 cups of powdered sugar

1 tsp of vanilla

34 TBS of milk

1/2 TBS of corn syrup

Sprinkles (optional)

Food Coloring (optional)


Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer, or stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add in vanilla and egg, and mix until well combined.
  3. Take out 2 medium-sized size mixing bowls, and using a sifter, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cornstarch, alternating between the two bowls until the flour mixture has been sifted 3-4 times. The flour should have a powder texture.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness. Use a circular cookie cutter to cut out each cookie.
  6. Place cookies on a prepared baking sheet and leave 2 inches between each cookie. 
  7. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until edges are lightly golden
  8. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  9. To make the frosting, beat the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy
  10. Beat in the vanilla, milk, corn syrup, and food coloring until the frosting is smooth and spreadable.
  11. Once cookies have cooled completely, spread frosting onto each cookie and then top with sprinkles.

Notes

How to store Lofthouse soft sugar cookies? Store these sugar cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 to 7 days.

Can you freeze Lofthouse cookies? Yes you can! After the baked cookies have cooled place in a freezer-safe container to freeze for 2 to 3 months. While you can freeze them frosted we highly recommend you freeze them not frosted and icing them after they thaw at room temperature before serving.

You can also flash freeze them unbaked by placing your cut-out sugar cookies on a baking sheet and placing them in the freezer for 30 minutes or until frozen through. Place in freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Thaw at room temperature, bake, frost and sprinkle before serving.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 to 9 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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