I saw this cookie recipe recently, and felt totally compelled to make it. They are called lofthouse sugar cookies (I don’t know why? Do you?) and they are like the ones you find in coffee shops. You know, the big, pale vanilla cake like cookies slathered in pink buttercream frosting?
The cookie itself is almost more of a biscuit, and the frosting only serves to intensify the creamy texture of the cookie. They are good. Really good.
Now I am not for one second going to pretend that mine turned out pretty, which can be frustrating for a perfectionist like myself.
But in the end, when the girls had coated them in frosting and sprinkles, I found that it really didn’t matter. What mattered is that they were delicious and the girls had a blast!
I did, through the process of making them tweak some things from the original recipe that helped the second half of the batch turn out better, so I was sure to include that in the recipe (like a bit more flour made them not run all over!)
I hope you will consider making these with your kids. Ours are tucked into the freezer so I can pull one out every morning for Pia’s lunch. But if you follow the crumb trail from the freezer to my office, you might just find me at the end.
Loft House Sugar Cookies, makes 2 dozen cookies
Adapted from Mother Thymes recipe for Lofthouse Sugar Cookies
-3 cups cake flour
-¼ cup AP flour
-3 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
-1 cup sugar
-2 large eggs
-2 tablespoons sour cream
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, soften
-3 cups confectioners sugar
-3 tablespoons milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-food coloring (optional)
1) In the bowl of a mixer cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2) Add in eggs one at a time stirring after each addition.
3) Stir in sour cream and vanilla until combined.
4) In a medium bowl combine cake flour, AP flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
5) Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and combine to form a dough.
6) Place the dough in wax paper.
7) Chill dough for at least one hour in refrigerator.
8) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
9) Roll 1-2 tablespoons of dough into a ball. Use AP flour on your hands to handle the sticky dough.
10) Place ball on baking sheet and flatten to about 1/2 inch thick, molding sides to keep round shape.
11) Continue with remaining dough, placing at least each 2 inches apart (they spread!)
12) Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
13) Let cool for a few minutes on baking sheet, and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
14) For the buttercream frosting:
15) Using an electric mixer combine butter and gradually add in confectioners sugar.
16) When all sugar is added, pour in milk and vanilla and blend on medium until fluffy. Add in food color if desired.
17) Frost the cookies with an offset spatula and sprinkle with candies or colored sugar immediately before the frosting sets up.
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Mmm love this classic dessert!
these are the prettiest sugar cookies i’ve seen in a LONG time…so rustic and beautiful!
they look wonderful! on my list to try!! thankyou.
Loft cookies are delicious. So glad you cracked the code!
Heather, Lofthouse is the name of the well known, fluffly soft, iced sugar cookie sold here in the midwest by many grocery and big box (Walmart & Meijer) stores. Here is their web site: http://www.lofthousecookies.com/.
These look delicious and I have always hoped to find a similar recipe to try. Thanks!
SO FUNNY! I was just in Orlando, FL for 15 whole hours, and when I went into a Walgreens drug store, the first thing I saw was a big Lofthouse Sugar cookie display! Same day I put up the post.
yum…dangerous to make since the batch would end up in my tummy.
I don’t think they are on the west coast? Definitely not in the Pacific Northwest!
Nothing like homemade sugar cookies around the holidays! My kids absolutely love decorating them. Of course by decorating I mean making them more candy than cookie but what can ya do!
I know. It’s not the Holidays if you don’t find sprinkles in every kitchen crevasse!
These look so wonderful. Great memories made!
I’m sure the homemade version is far superior to the packaged kind however, and I will definitely be trying these!
These are on my to do list:)
these are my mother’s favorite cookie but i never knew they were called lofthouse!
oh my gosh – these are the cookies that my boss LOVES!!! i wonder if these would survive a shipment to australia????
I don’t know why they’re called Lofthouse either? But I call them “Soccer Mom” cookies! They sure are yummy.
How fun to see that your cuties stepped in to help you decorate 🙂
GREAT job!!! These look fantastic!
Ohh these are just the cookies to get in the sugar and butter Holiday spirit. Thanks for the post!
Barb, that is so great!! I am really happy that you enjoyed them 🙂
Just stumbled upon this now and they look amazing! I was just wondering, if I want to make just a dozen, will I just use half of everything? Thank you!