Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

about 4 dozen cookies
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Lofthouse Sugar cookies are those soft cake like sugar cookies you find at the grocery store frosted with a sweet bright buttercream. My daughter always wants me to buy them and they are good. Over time I've worked with a few different recipes that pretty much taste the same and this is the one I ended up with. It's a soft cake like sugar cookie with yummy frosting and you can shape these anyway you like and decorate them how you like. Enjoy! Picture is of prepackaged cookies.


1/2 c
sour cream
1 c
1/2 c
butter, softened
1/2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
3 c
all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
4 c
powdered sugar
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp
whole milk
1/2 c
butter, softened
1/2 c
vegetable shortening
food coloring to color frosting (optional)
candy sprinkles or colored sugar to decorate (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

COOKIE DOUGH DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl combine sour cream, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla; mix well. In a smaller bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, then add to wet mixture and mix until everything is just incorporated. With a cookie scoop, scoop out even size scoops of dough and then roll in a ball in your hand and place on a cookie sheet and slightly flatten with your hand so it's in a circular shape. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven until light golden brown, no more than 10 minutes. They may seem under done but they aren't. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely before frosting.
Cream together butter and shortening in mixer, with paddle attachment on medium for about 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and beat until smooth, Add another 1/2 cup and beat until smooth. Add Vanilla, mix. Add gradually the remaining sugar and milk, making sure you end with sugar. Continue to mix on medium until smooth.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies

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Gabrielle Doucette-Poirier GabrielleDoucettePoirier
Jun 6, 2015
Not sure where I went wrong in the recipe, but these came out exactly like miniature scones. Perhaps I over-mixed the dough. Oh well.
Tara Walsh CranberryKitty
May 11, 2015
This recipe is the reason I joined Just A Pinch!!! It is an excellent recipe and my family and co-workers said the cookies were even better than the store bought version. We all love them! I followed the recipe exactly. Hooray, I don't have to buy these cookies at the store any more!
Gwen Wisdom GwenWisdom
May 9, 2015
I just made these for my mom for Mother's Day since they are her favorite. But since she will be sharing with my dad and he cant have sour cream because it causes severe migraines, I used vanilla yogurt (I picked up the wrong container). They are amazing. Thank you for this super easy and very yummy recipe.
chyna lovejoy xo_ccc_ox
Apr 26, 2015
You saved my life with this recipe
Victoria Cordero Holven
Mar 15, 2015
The Lofthouse cookies have margarine in them and this recipe calls for butter. That will change the cookie a bit from the original. We used a white whole wheat flour and increased the sugar by 1/2 cup. Baked for 10 min for a tiny bit of crispness around the edge.