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Lofthouse Style Soft Sugar Cookies

I have gotten a few questions from friends and readers about the absence of cookies on our blog. I haven’t posted a cookie recipe since December-gasp! I think that is a record. No, I am not mad at cookies, I was just giving everyone a little time to detox from cookie overload in December. I am back today with my all time favorite sugar cookie recipe. These soft sugar cookies are a copycat of the popular Lofthouse Sugar Cookies that you can buy at the store. Homemade cookies are always best, so skip a trip to the store and make a batch of sugar cookies at home.

These sugar cookies are easy to make. You do have to chill the dough, so make sure you plan ahead. There is sour cream in the recipe which keeps the cookies moist and soft. You can cut the cookies in whatever shapes you like, I chose hearts because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. The buttercream frosting is fluffy and compliments the cookies nicely. I made pink frosting and added Valentine sprinkles to dazzle up my heart shaped cookies.

These super soft sugar cookies are perfect for any occasion. I usually make them for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. If you like the Lofthouse Sugar Cookies, you will love these.  And remember Valentine’s Day is coming up, I am sure your sweetheart would love a big, soft, fluffy sugar cookie on the day of love. Cookies always make the heart grow fonder:)

Lofthouse Style Soft Sugar Cookies

Yield: 5-6 dozen sugar cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Lofthouse sugar cookies with buttercream frosting. These soft and fluffy sugar cookies are perfect for Christmas, Valentine's Day, or any occasion.


For the Cookies:
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups sour cream

For the Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
6 tablespoons heavy cream

Food coloring, optional
Sprinkles, optional


1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.

3. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough will be a little sticky and that is ok. Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1½ inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight or for at least two hours.

4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats; set aside.

5. Lightly flour the countertop and the top of the dough. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to ¼-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out the cookies and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 7 minutes, until cookies are slightly golden around the edges. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Cook cookies completely before frosting.

6. To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla extract. Slowly beat in powdered sugar and the pinch of salt. 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. Add food coloring, if desired, and beat until combined.

7. Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles, if desired. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container.

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226 Responses to “Lofthouse Style Soft Sugar Cookies”

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  1. Kathryn — January 16, 2012 @ 4:07 am

    These are such a cute Valentine’s treat, so very pretty!

  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 16, 2012 @ 4:11 am

    I love lofthouse sugar cookies and had a package in my hand over the weekend but had seen recipes on blogs lately (and now your post!) which convinces me to just make them, not buy them. I made pink cookies with white frosting today…next up, white cookies with pink frosting like yours!

  3. Ann P. — January 16, 2012 @ 4:48 am

    I’ve never heard of “Lofthouse” before, but these look delicious! I could see myself eating about 4 at a time, haha. So when I make these, I should probably give them away immediately! :)

  4. Priyanka — January 16, 2012 @ 5:34 am

    Another perfect and tempting cookie. Love your recipes

  5. Rosa — January 16, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    What cute cookies!



  6. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — January 16, 2012 @ 6:50 am

    Agree with you – both that homemade are better than store-bought, and that cookies are the way to people’s hearts. :) Glad the cookies are back, Maria! Though, I do love your savory and lighter recipes, too!

  7. Becki's Whole Life — January 16, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    That is so funny that people were wondering what happened to the cookie. It just goes to show that people depend on you for good cookie recipes..FACT:-) These are awesome cookies and yours are so cute that I am going to make these next Saturday with my girls. I will have to get some chocolate sprinkles though because those totally pop amongst the sparkly sugar.

  8. Julie @Savvy Eats — January 16, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    I love lofthouse cookies! Though I did burn out on them awhile back (they were the only thing I could stomach at every rest stop on a 5 hour charity bike ride!), I’m back to totally loving them!

  9. Blond Duck — January 16, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    These would be dangerous in my house!

  10. Rebecca — January 16, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    I am a total sucker for Lofthouse cookies, so I will be bookmarking this one! Your cookies look awesome. :)

  11. Erica — January 16, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    haha- I hadn’t even noticed the lack of cookies! Sugar cookies…are my favorite cookie! I know- so odd, but I just love them to bits. Especially when they’re huge and super soft! Hope you, Josh and your adorable little man are doing well.

  12. Heather (Heather's Dish) — January 16, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    sometimes nothing hits the spot like a sugar cookie, and these are DEFINITELY on my radar now! drool!

  13. Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) — January 16, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    I always loved those cookies! Especially the lemon ones they would have sometimes!

  14. Oh I have to try those, I always drool over them in the store, but never buy them.

  15. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 16, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    These are just the cutest! Love them :)

  16. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — January 16, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Ahh I was wondering when the next cookie recipe would show up :)

  17. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 16, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    I’m going to have to make these and soon! Little Buddy absolutely loves soft sugar cookies like these!

  18. Lori @ RecipeGirl — January 16, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    I’m a sugar cookie fanatic- so these are perfect for me. So pretty!

  19. Deborah — January 16, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    These are my downfall – I know they wouldn’t survive long in my house!!

  20. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 16, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    There’s nothing like a good frosted cookie to make a girl happy as a lark!

  21. Jen @ pretty plate — January 16, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    These look delicious; just the type of thing I should not see today while starting the juice diet!!

    : ))

  22. Cookbook Queen — January 16, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    I am way too excited about these. They need to happen in my kitchen…TODAY!!!

  23. Tracey — January 16, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe too! Love your Valentine’s Day version, so pretty :)

  24. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 16, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Love that you made them heart shaped!

  25. Plain Graces — January 16, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    My sons are going to love these! They were begging for those at the store yesterday. Thanks!

  26. Wenderly — January 16, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    Sp pretty!!!

  27. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — January 16, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    So pretty! I know we’d love them here. :)

  28. Urban Wife — January 16, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Those are cute! I bet they are tasty as well.

  29. Audra@The-Baker-Chick — January 16, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    I have been wanting to make Heart shaped versions of these forever and you just locked that in! These look gorgeous, fluffy and mouth watering-ly good. :)

  30. Lauren — January 16, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    Love these!! Looks so yummy.

  31. Myra @ My Blessed Life — January 16, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Oooooooh, yum! These look beautiful and delicious!

  32. Tickled Red — January 16, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Awww…these have me feeling all sappy & romantic. I’m going to surprise DS at the airport with some Thursday 😀

  33. CheekyChic — January 16, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    Yum. My kids love these type of cookies and always beg for them from the store. I hate to buy them because they taste good but probably aren’t. They’ll be pumped to see these on the counter one day when they get home from school. Thank you.

  34. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 16, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    These are simply adorable!

  35. Kristy — January 16, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    Mmm, nothing beats a perfect sugar cookie!

  36. Lisa [With Style and Grace] — January 16, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    wow, these are JUST like the ones you buy in the store!! I swear I leave drool marks every time I walk by. These look awesome, nice work!

  37. Cassie — January 16, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    Heart-shaped cookies can only be a good thing. These look perfect!

  38. I luuuuuurrrrve these cookies!

  39. Jessica — January 16, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Beautiful and perfect for valentines day!

  40. Joanne — January 16, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of versions of these over the past few months but I dare say this pretty-in-pink version is my favorite!

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