Annamaria Settanni McDonald Recipe

Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

By Annamaria Settanni McDonald ArtByASM

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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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.
Salina Fischer Salina_Fischer
Mar 2, 2015
I went by the recipe to a (T) and it taste soooooo good but I couldn't use my cookie scoop nor could I roll them so I just used a spoon....yum!!! Best sugar cookie out there
Sandy Preston Sandy_Preston
Feb 21, 2015
These were okay, but did not taste like the Lofthouse cookies at all, in my opinion. The texture was different as well as the taste.
Angela Gillespie Angela_Gillespie
Dec 14, 2014
I have made sugar cookies 5 times a year since I was a kid and I have tried dozens of recipes to get soft, cakey cookies. I have made these cookies a few times now and they have turned out soft and delicious every time! They do not taste like the Lofthouse cookies, but they are way better! The frosting recipe is also good. My kids and I refrigerate the dough and roll it out so we can use cookie cutters for the holidays. I will use this one every time!
kimberli Brown klingard
Oct 26, 2014
These turned out great! They are about as close as you can get to the Lofthouse cookies. I'm tempted to make them again already!