Lofthouse Cookies on a plate with one with a bite out of it
The fluffiest and softest frosted sugar cookies, complete with creamy and delicious frosting. They just like, if not better, then the kind you get at the grocery store!
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  1. Copycat Lofthouse Cookies Recipe
  2. What are Lofthouse Cookies?
  3. Ingredients
  4. Ingredient Substitutions
  5. How to Make Lofthouse Cookies
  6. Tips
  7. How to Store
  8. Can you freeze Lofthouse cookies?
  9. More Cookie Recipes
  10. Lofthouse Cookies Recipe

This copycat Lofthouse Cookies recipe makes the fluffiest and softest frosted sugar cookies, complete with creamy and delicious frosting. They just like, if not better, then the kind you get at the grocery store! Deliciously Soft!

Lofthouse Cookies on a white plate with sprinkles and pink frosting

Copycat Lofthouse Cookies Recipe

If you have ever had frosted Lofthouse Cookies, then you already know that you are in for a huge treat with this copycat recipe. Lofthouse cookies are the ultimate frosted sugar cookie. They are soft, chewy, and insanely delicious.

I love frosted sugar cookies because they are so versatile. They can be made to fit any occasion, just by changing up the frosting color and sprinkles. I have made this copycat Lofthouse cookie recipe for birthdays, baby showers, Christmas, and many other events! They are always a huge hit.

I can’t wait for you to give these a try. You’ll never have to buy a container of store-bought Lofthouse cookies again. These are just as good as the real thing. They might even be better!

What are Lofthouse Cookies?

Lofthouse cookies are the best-frosted sugar cookies ever! These cookies are thick and chewy and have a soft fluffy texture in the middle, almost like cake. They are topped off with the perfect creamy frosting and sprinkles. The frosting can easily be made different colors to fit whatever holiday or occasion you’re baking for.

Ingredients

I’ve broken the ingredient lists into two sections. I find it’s easier to break them down between the cookies and the frosting. Here’s what you’ll need:

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cake flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 whole egg + 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup butter flavored shortening, softened
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Frosting Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup butter flavored shortening, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3-3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp whole milk
  • Pink food coloring drops or pink food coloring gel
  • Sprinkles

cookie with a bite out of it with pink frosting and sprinklesIngredient Substitutions

Food coloring or gel: You can use any color of food coloring or food coloring gel that you prefer! You could even make a few different colors and have a variety. To do this, separate your frosting into however many bowls for each color you will make. Then add the coloring separately to each bowl.

Frosting: Don’t feel like the extra step of making homemade frosting? While I think it is totally worth the time, you can save some time and ingredients by using a can of frosting!

How to Make Lofthouse Cookies

MIX: Whisk together cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Set aside. Cream together the sugar, butter, and shortening until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract, almond extract, and the whole egg. Turn the mixer on low and gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until no flour pockets remain. Cover the mixing bowl with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

BAKE: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the balls of dough on the cookie sheet and use the bottom of a cup to flatten into a ½ inch thick round cookie. Place 6 cookies on one baking and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet. Remove cookies to a cooling rack.A tray of  cookie dough balls

FROSTING: Beat together the butter and shortening with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and almond extract and continue mixing until all incorporated. Slowly beat in 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk. Mix until combined. Repeat 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tbsp at a time until all have been combined. Add your choice of food coloring until the desired color is achieved.

FROST: Frost cooled cookies and top with sprinkles.cookies on a pan cooling and being frosted on a wire rack

Tips

  • An alternative method to making your cookies (see Step 5 below) would be to roll the dough out on a flat surface to about ½ inch thick, and then use a round cookie cutter to cut out the circles.
  • When baking your cookies, keep an eye on them! You want the edges to be firm without turning brown. Be sure to remove them from the oven as soon as they start to brown.
  • Be patient letting the cookies cool down completely before frosting them. If you put the frosting on while they are still warm it will melt and make a mess!6 cookies with pink frosting and sprinkles on a wire cooling rack

How to Store

You should store your cookies in an airtight container with a sealed lid, this will ensure they last as long as possible.

Wondering how long your Lofthouse cookies will last? Typically, it’s about 3 to 4 days before they begin to dry out if they are stored properly.A close up of a lofthouse cookie with pink frosting and sprinkles

Can you freeze Lofthouse cookies?

You absolutely can! This will ensure that they last even longer. If planning on freezing your cookies, be sure to place parchment paper between each layer of cookies and then place them in an airtight container and into the freezer.

You can also freeze the dough and make them at a later date!

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5 from 3 votes
Lofthouse Cookies on a plate with one with a bite out of it

Lofthouse Cookies

Serves — 12
The fluffiest and softest frosted sugar cookies, complete with creamy and delicious frosting. They just like, if not better, then the kind you get at the grocery store!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Chill 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 36 mins

Ingredients
  

COOKIE INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup butter flavored shortening softened
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:

  • cup butter
  • cup butter flavored shortening softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 – 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp whole milk
  • Pink Food Coloring drops or Pink Food Coloring Gel
  • Sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl add cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Whisk together. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment cream together the sugar, butter, and shortening until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract, almond extract, and the whole egg. Mix together until combined. Add egg white and continue mixing until well combined. Turn off the mixer and use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Turn the mixer on low and and gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until no flour pockets remain. Cover mixing bowl with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and use a cookie scoop to create balls of dough (abot 2-3 tbsp depending on how large you want your cookies). Place the balls of dough on the cookie sheet and use the bottom of a cup to flatten into a 1⁄2 inch thick round cookie. NOTE: An alternative method would be to roll the dough out on a flat surface to about 1⁄2 inch thick, and then use a round cookie cutter to cut out the circles. Place 6 each one one baking sheet, 6 on the other.
  • Place one cookie sheet in the oven and cook for 8 minutes. You want the edges to be firm without turning brown. Remove from the oven and let cool 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet. Place the other baking sheet in the oven and cook for 8 minutes.
  • Once cookies have cooled for 2-3 minutes remove to a cooling rack.
  • In a separate mixing bowl beat together the butter and shortening with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and almond extract and continue mixing until all incorporated.
  • Slowly beat in 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk. Mix until combined. Repeat 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tbsp at a time until all have been combined.
  • Add your choice of food coloring until the desired color is achieved.
  • Frost cooled cookies with a knife or piping bag. Top with sprinkles.

Jenn’s Notes

Notes:
  • These cookies are thicker and have a soft fluffy texture in the middle. 
  • When baking cookies, make sure to remove them from the oven before they start to brown.
  • The cookies and the dough can be put in the freezer to use at a later time!

Nutrition Info

Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 81g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

I can’t wait for you to try out this copycat recipe. These Lofthouse Cookies seriously taste just as good as the real thing. They make the softest, chewiest cookies with the perfect creamy frosting. You are going to love these delicious frosted sugar cookies.

Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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