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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”

  1. Lynette Wilhelm — January 16, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    I’m not a big fan of sugar cookies personally – but my 8 yr old loves to make them and (really) decorate them. Though, we don’t make them that often because of my discouragement for them! I’ll have to fix that and make these cookies with the kids soon! Thanks for posting this recipe! They love those cheesy store bought lofthouse cookies and I’m sure they’ll love these (especially the decorating!)

  2. Lynn — January 16, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    YUM! Your cookies always look so delicious. I love cookies and might just have to try to come up with a gluten free version of these.

  3. Cookin' Canuck — January 16, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    These would be the perfect cookies to take into my boys’ school Valentine’s parties. So much better than the store-bought ones!

  4. Mari @ Mari's Cakes — January 16, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Maria, these look so pretty! I am sure they taste delicious :) I am going to frost mine with strawberry buttercream.

    Have a great week!

  5. The Hungry Housewife — January 16, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    Such pretty cookies Maria!

  6. Judith — January 16, 2012 @ 2:35 pm


  7. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — January 16, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    Your cookies are so pretty!! I loved this recipe when I made it, need to make it again!

  8. bridget {bake at 350} — January 16, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    Thanks so much for the shout-out! :) I’ve been meaning to make the these cookies for AGES!!! Maybe 2012 is my year! 😉

  9. Sharla — January 16, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe – I just might start as soon as I get home! I have tried several different recipes that claimed they were “Lofthouse-like” cookies that turned out completely different. Thanks for posting it. Love your blog!

  10. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) — January 16, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    These would be great cookies for a Drop In & Decorate cookies-for-donation event!

  11. Jessica @ How Sweet — January 16, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    these just may be the prettiest cookies ever!

  12. Mindy — January 16, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    Delicious cookies! I’m glad I stopped by at the perfect time to try one of these. I think anytime is the perfect time to stop by your kitchen. You’ve always got something tasty to offer!

  13. Diane {Created by Diane} — January 16, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    these look so pretty, my son loves these cookies. Guess what I’ll be making soon :)

  14. Shaina — January 16, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    Sending my kids your way. They always want the lofthouse cookies, and I always say no. I’ll have to try your recipe and see if I can win them over. :)

  15. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — January 16, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    These cookies look beautiful and delicious!

  16. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 16, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    super cute! excited to see you this week!!

  17. sweetmaddy — January 16, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    I love the authority with which you say “homemade cookies are always best.” It’s just the truth! :)

  18. shelly (cookies and cups) — January 16, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    These are so pretty!! Love those Lofthouse cookies :)

  19. We love soft sugar cookies! These sound great, and look perfect!

  20. Marly — January 16, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    Oh man, I’m really craving some sugar right now and these cookies look SO delicious. I can’t wait until next month when I can make some!

  21. Anna @ hiddenponies — January 16, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    More than 2 weeks without cookies is just craziness :) These look delicious, I love soft sugar cookies and I’m sure these would make all the hearts in my house grow fonder of me!

  22. Glory/ Glorious Treats — January 16, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    These look so cute and delicious! My girls love these kinds of cookies, so I’ll really need to give this a try!
    Thanks for the link too =)

  23. Krista — January 16, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    These are adorable! I need to make a batch and let the kids go crazy with the sprinkles. Then head for the hills until the sugar high is gone!

  24. katrina — January 16, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    Oh, those are beautiful! Must make ASAP – thank you!

  25. vanillasugarblog — January 16, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    i have yet to make lofthouse! ack!
    I feel so behind on that.
    love that last photo, so pretty

  26. Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles — January 16, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    January and February are some of the BEST months of the year because of all the PINK and red, and hearts floating around all over the place for Valentine’s Day! Super cute cookies!

  27. AmyRuth — January 16, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    My “adults-in-training” no longer require direct attention and so I now bake part-time in a nearby grocery store bakery. So fun! You would not believe how popular LoftHouse Cookies are in our market (University Town). I tweet my “small batches” cookies coming out of the oven, etc. and remarkably Lofthouse started following me on Twitter. Totally cracked me up. The store name is included. I’m sure that’s why. Yours are much prettier and no doubt superior! Thanks for sharing and I think I may just make some.
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your darling family.

  28. angela@spinachtiger — January 17, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    We are big fans of the soft sugar cookie. This may just be your son’s favorite in time. Sprinkles seem to grab a kid’s heart. (or a big kid like me).

  29. Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook — January 17, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Beautiful cookies! Perfect for valentines day (or just because)

  30. Esi — January 17, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    So cute!

  31. marla — January 17, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Such a pretty and fun cookie for Valentine’s Day!

  32. susan — January 17, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    those are so pretty, Maria!

  33. Elly — January 17, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    These are soo cute! Perfect for Valentine’s Day :)

  34. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — January 17, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    I can’t wait to make these!!! I love Lofthouse Cookies so I know homemade Lofthouse will be even better! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Love the hearts by the way. Can’t believe V-day is less than a month away!

  35. Annalise — January 17, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I love, love, love Lofthouse sugar cookies. They tempt me every time I pass them at the grocery store. I’ve meaning to try a copy cat recipe for a while, thanks for the reminder!

  36. Angela Watts — January 17, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    OMG, I will have to whip up batch of these on my day off this week. I adore these, but knowing they come in frozen and are thawed to be sold has turned me off quite a bit. I have just the sprinkles to make a batch too!

  37. Dee M. @ Bella so Savvy — January 17, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    The thing I like most about Lofthouse cookies is that they aren’t too sweet like other sugar cookies I’ve tried. I’ve wanted a copycat recipe for these so thank you for sharing this one. Can’t wait to try it! ~ Dee

  38. Russell at Chasing Delicious — January 17, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    These cookies are adorable! I love soft sugar cookies too. I’ve been looking for agood recipe for a while now.

  39. Yummy. There is something about loft house cookies that make me nostalgic of my grade school soccer-playing days. Mom’s would bring them for sports awards nights, homecomings, in-class parties…oh, memories.

  40. Summer — January 18, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    Do you know a dairy free substitute for the sour cream? I have a son who has allergies. I have substitutes for the other things.

    • Two Peas replied: — January 18th, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

      Can you use a dairy-free sour cream or plain yogurt?

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