Soft Lofthouse Style Frosted Cookies

Unbelievably soft sugar cookies with a delicious buttercream frosting and topped with colorful sprinkles. These taste very similar to those infamous Lofthouse Cookies with frosting and sprinkles. You can find them in almost every bakery section of the grocery stores here in the United States. The cookies themselves are not overly sweet, but pair it with the delicious buttercream frosting and you have a delicate soft cakelike cookie.

Soft Lofthouse Style Frosted Cookies

Unbelievably soft sugar cookies with a delicious buttercream frosting and topped with colorful sprinkles. These taste very similar to those infamous Lofthouse Cookies with frosting and sprinkles.

Yield: 4 1/2 dozen cookies


For the Cookies:
6 cups flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups light sour cream
For the Frosting:
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons heavy cream
Several drops food coloring


In a medium bowl, whisk 5 cups of flour, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the flat beater attached, cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.
Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough needs to obtain the right consistency for rolling, so add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until this is achieved (up to 1 cup more flour). Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1 1/2 inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
Generously flour a work area and rolling pin. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired spreading consistency is achieved. If desired, add food coloring and beat until combined.
Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit for several hours before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

Source: adapted from Runs With Spatulas originally adapted from Recipe Secrets

Soft Lofthouse Style Frosted Cookies

124 Responses to “Soft Lofthouse Style Frosted Cookies”

  1. #
    Ally Lynn — May 30, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    I love this type of cookie! Thanks for the share, will be trying soon.

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    katshealthcorner — May 30, 2011 @ 2:16 pm


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    Amy — May 30, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    I want these so bad! They look great.

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    Caroline — May 30, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    These cookies are so addicting–fluffy and sweet. This recipe is potentially dangerous, as I’d be tempted to make these all of the time!

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — May 30, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    This cake ike cookie ie exactly the kind of cookie I love. The frosting just puts it over the top for me!

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    beth — May 30, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    like, like, like!

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    happywhennothungry — May 30, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    These cookies look so fluffy and delicious! Love that creamy blue frosting too. Nice job!

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    Ryan — May 30, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    oooh, these are SO bookmarked! I love soft, iced sugar cookies like this and these look incredible– and so pretty too with the pale blue icing and sprinkles! The perfect cookie!! 🙂

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    The Teenage Taste — May 31, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    These are like the grocery store sugar cookies. I used to LOVE them when I was younger! 😀

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    fitnessnfoodiegirl — May 31, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    I love this type of cookie, but I now they are always loaded with preservatives and chemicals at the store. So glad I can make my own no!

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    thedrivencook — May 31, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    Wow these look fantastic! I’m going to make these for a coworker’s bday!

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    Vickii — May 31, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    These look lovely! I’m always looking for new, easily transportable baked goods to take to church and these fit the bill, can’t wait to try them!

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    Anita Menon — May 31, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    They look amazing… and soo tempting…

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — May 31, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    Awesome, thank you! I’ve been wanting a recipe for soft sugar cookies. The last one I made didn’t go so well. 🙂

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    tryityoumightlikeit — May 31, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    My kids love those cookies. I even had to carry my daughter out of the store one time because she had a major fit when I said that we wouldn’t buy them. These will be fun to make for her. Thanks for sharing.

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    Michelle — June 1, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    I love soft sugar cookies. And the colors you choose for the frosting and sprinkles are just darling. Love these!

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    susie — June 5, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    do they turn your mouth blue?

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    Nicole — June 5, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

    🙂 This is great! I love these cookies soo much, but they are sooo expensive. Now I can save money by making them myself….also, if they are home made there are no calories listed! ahh to be blisfully unaware 😀

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    Lucie — June 7, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    Sprinkles make everything pretty much irresistible for me… and sugar cookies just make the world a better place in general 🙂 These are PERFECT!

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    Jennifer {court st. kitchen} — June 8, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    These are my favorite cookies to buy at the store. I have looked for a copycat recipe and haven’t found anything that’s convinced me to try these at home. This post, however, has convinced me an awful lot. They look lovely and perfectly like the real thing. This post made my day!! : )

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    Em — June 9, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    This recipe looks so great – Makes me want to preheat the oven!
    Does it halve well? I don’t need to be stuffing my face with 4 dozen cookies!

    • Christina replied: — June 18th, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

      You can definitely half this recipe and it turns our wonderfully! If you end up preheating that oven make sure you let me know how they turn out for you! 😉

      • Jen Fimmano (@jfimmano) replied: — February 8th, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

        I just came across this recipe and want to make them right away! I also want to half the recipe and was wondering how you half 3 eggs?

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    T.F.Walsh — June 16, 2011 @ 12:34 am

    These look so divine, I’m tried making them myself and WOW they are so delicious. I’ll be making these again and again. Check out my blog at my attempt using your recipe.


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    Torey — June 17, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    I tried these cookies the other day and they were AWESOME! The icing was especially good and I found myself sitting there just eating icing instead of icing the cookies.

    Great recipe!

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    Stefani — June 17, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    These are one of my FAVORITE kinds of cookies. I have been telling my kids that I need to learn how to make them. Thanks for posting your awesome recipe.

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    Lena — June 19, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    i’m surprised looking at thetexture of your cookies. .seems fluffy. while these cookies are so popular over there, i dont think they are available here unless you home bake them. got to go..shall come back later to catch up. have a nice week ahead!

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    Torey — June 23, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    I saw this recipe and had to make these cookies. They were AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

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    Angela — July 3, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    I have been looking for this recipe for years. Thank you for sharing. Can you freeze these cookies?

    • Christina replied: — July 13th, 2011 @ 10:01 am

      I have never tried, they have never lasted that long. I don’t see why you couldn’t. I would wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer ziploc bag. If you try freezing them let me know! 🙂

    • NDavison replied: — September 16th, 2011 @ 10:32 am

      The Lofthouse Cookies are actually shipped frozen and can be refrozen. Some people prefer to eat them frozen as well.

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    michaelafowler — July 8, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    These look amazing, even better than the giant eagle cookies.

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    Lisa — July 27, 2011 @ 12:43 am

    Oh, this is a baaaaaaad recipe to have… 🙂 So glad (or scared?) that I just stumbled this.. can’t wait to make them!

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    trina @ best salad recipes — August 11, 2011 @ 12:07 am

    I love cookies! this is great recipe, I will try it later. thanks 🙂

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    Michele — August 30, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

    I am making these tonight! Wish me luck! My daughter has been asking me to find out how to make these!!

    • Christina replied: — August 31st, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

      I hope you and your daughter enjoy the cookies! Let me know how they turn out for you! 🙂

      • Michele replied: — October 16th, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

        They turned out more like biscuits. I am guessing I used too much flower. Not sure. Will have to try again. By my husband loved them and especially the icing!

        • Christina replied: — October 18th, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

          I am sorry to hear that these cookies didn’t turn out for you. 🙁 They definitely shouldn’t taste like biscuits. Did you use more flour than what is listed in the recipe? Or maybe too much flour when rolling out the dough? These are one of my favorite cookies to make…I hope when you give them another try you have better results!

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    The Hem of His Garment — September 1, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    Yum! I’ll have to try these! Thanks!

  37. #
    Allison Pennington (@LeKappy) — September 4, 2011 @ 1:34 am

    You have both ruined my life and made my day in one single post! I. love. these.

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    cheryl — September 6, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    These are VERY GOOD!!!! Very soft and yes the flavours do meld together after a couple of hours, even more after a day!

    • Christina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! I am so glad that you enjoyed them! 🙂

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    Tina — September 18, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    These are my favorite cookies from a store!! Can you use regular sour cream? not a fan of lite s.c….

    • Christina replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

      Yes you can use regular sour cream. I hope you enjoy them, let me know how they turn out for you! 🙂

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    pooslie — October 1, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    I want to make these SOOO bad (lofthouse are my FAVORITE COOKIES)! I just have 2 questions:

    Can the dough be frozen?

    Do they spread at all? I want to make them shaped like candy corn.

    • nursejello replied: — July 22nd, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

      I tried them today and I think they would hold that shape pretty well (perhaps nothing too much more detailed), though I imagine you’ve found that out by now. 🙂

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    Darcy — October 2, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    Has anyone tried these in pumpkin or chocolate? I would love to know how to do that. We LOVE these cookies and would love to make them in the other flavors.

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    Alexis — October 16, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    I have been searching for a Loft House sugar cookie dupe for months since my step dad loves them. I made these about an hour ago and they are the closest thing I have found to the real deal. I did not make the frosting so I can’t comment on that but the cookies itself are soft and melty. Mmmmm, thank you for the great recipe!

    • Christina replied: — October 18th, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

      Thanks so much for letting me know how these cookies turned out for you! I am so glad that you enjoyed them! 🙂

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    Erin — October 18, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    Can you make the cookies into different shapes? Or would they lose that shape when they are baked?

    • Christina replied: — October 18th, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

      I have not tried cutting them into different shapes before, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If you give it a try, I would love to know how it turns out for you! 🙂

      • Autumn replied: — March 10th, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

        I made them tonight with cookie cutters. They were delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Not Supermom — October 29, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    The lofthouse cookies are like crack. I can’t stop eating them. Will this satisfy that craving? Because the lofthouse cookies are expensive down here. $6/doz at my grocery!

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    Christina — October 30, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    Thanks for posting this recipe! I just made them for a Halloween party and crowd loved them (all adults mind you). I still have some dough in the fridge and can’t wait to make more!

    • Christina replied: — November 1st, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

      I am so glad that everyone enjoyed them! They turned out great! 🙂

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    Teresa — November 3, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    I’m a cookie snob. Seriously. I have been searching for this type of recipe for years…and it has eluded me until now. These cookies are fantastic! LOVE THEM!! Thank you so much for ending my search!

    • Christina replied: — November 8th, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

      I am so glad to hear that your search is over! 😉 I am so glad that you enjoyed them! 🙂

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