Copycat Lofthouse Cookies

This recipe for thick, cakey, homemade Lofthouse cookies will make you totally forget the grocery store bakery! Starring vanilla, sugar, and sour cream – these puff up perfectly every time and are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting. They are fabulous for cookie decorating with kids, gifting to a loved one, or to bake on a lazy Sunday.

Yellow and pink frosted Lofthouse cookies on a cooling rack.

Regardless of holiday, or day of the week, nearly every grocery store carries Lofthouse cookies. Their seasonal sprinkles and the sweet smell of the cakey cookie, are undeniably comforting.

Lofthouse cookies have their roots in a home kitchen, which is undoubtedly why so many of us love them. Supposedly, this family recipe was originally sold out of a pickup truck in the late 1990s and now their bright colored frosting and sprinkles are all over the country!

Plenty of home bakers have created their own copycat Lofthouse cookies, and these are the closest I have ever gotten to that classic bite that almost melts in your mouth. Thanks to the use of both baking powder and baking soda, these babies are incredibly fluffy and I can’t wait for you to try them!

Ingredients for Lofthouse Cookies prepped and labeled.

Making the cookies, step-by-step

These cookies come together quite easily, simply whisking the dry ingredients together, then adding them to the creamed butter and sugar, eggs, vanilla, and sour cream.

The dough is refrigerated for at least 2 hours because it’s quite sticky when it’s finished mixing.

Once the dough is chilled, you’ll roll it out and use a round cutter to cut out your cookies. I like to use a 2½-inch round cutter, which makes the perfect size cookie for me – not too big, not too small! (I have this set of round cutters that I LOVE.)

The cookies bake for a short time (only 7 minutes) and will still be pale when you remove them from the oven (don’t overbake or they won’t stay soft!), then need to cool completely before being frosted.

Cookie dough rolled out and cut into rounds.

Easy buttercream frosting

The signature sweet frosting that Lofthouse cookies are known for is super simple to make.

Like a traditional American-style buttercream, we first whip together the butter and vanilla, then slowly add powdered sugar and salt. Once it’s completely smooth, the heavy cream is added a small amount at a time, then the frosting is whipped on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.

Then you can get totally creative! Keep the frosting white or add food coloring (these gel food colors are my all-time favorite) at this point, then slather on the cooled Lofthouse cookies.

Pink and yellow frosted Lofthouse Cookies with a bowl of rainbow sprinkles.

Lofthouse cookies decorating and flavors

If you want to be as close to the real thing as possible – use the seasons and the food coloring in your pantry to spice them up! On most trips to the grocery store, you’ll find Lofthouse cookies with white, bright pink, or bright yellow frosting with rainbow sprinkles.

However, you can get festive with holiday versions in both flavor and decorations. A couple of examples:

  • Add a small bit of lemon extract to the frosting in the spring and summer for a lemon-y flavor.
  • Add peppermint extract to the frosting for Christmas.
  • Use red and green sprinkles for Christmas-themed cookies (or tint the frosting red or green!).
  • Use red, white, and blue sprinkles for the 4th of July.
  • Use pastel sprinkles for Easter (or use pastel colors for the frosting!).

And the list goes on!

Lofthouse Cookies with white frosting and Christmas sprinkles.

Storage and freezing instructions

The classic Lofthouse cookies are known for being soft, and I love that these are the same way.

  • Storage: These cookies stay fluffy and fresh in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  • Freezing Dough: You can make the dough and freeze the packs of dough wrapped in plastic wrap in a resealable freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before rolling. You can also freeze the dough rounds once you cut them out; store them in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Place them on a prepared baking sheet and let sit at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before baking. (Hint: A post-it with the baking instructions taped to the container will save you, and make a late-night baking session much easier!)
  • Freezing Cookies: Once the frosted cookies are set, you can stack them in an airtight container with a piece of parchment paper between layers, and freeze for up to 1 month. If you individually wrap each cookie in plastic wrap, they will stay fresh in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.

Lofthouse cookie on a counter with a bite taken out.

In a cookie mood? Give these a try!

I would love to see you try out these homemade Lofthouse cookies for yourself! If you do, please stop back and leave a rating and let me know how you liked them! ENJOY! 😍

Lofthouse Cookies

Servings 36 cookies
Prep 25 minutes
Cook 7 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total 2 hours 32 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Michelle

This recipe for thick, cakey, homemade Lofthouse cookies will make you totally forget the grocery store bakery!

Ingredients:

For the Cookies:

  • 6
    cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1
    teaspoon
    baking soda
  • 1
    teaspoon
    baking powder
  • ½
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 1
    cup
    unsalted butter
    (at room temperature)
  • 2
    cups
    granulated sugar
  • 3
    eggs
  • 2
    teaspoons
    vanilla extract
  • cups
    sour cream

For the Easy Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1
    cup
    unsalted butter
    (at room temperature)
  • 1
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 4
    cups
    powdered sugar
  • Pinch
    salt
  • 6
    tablespoons
    heavy cream

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough will be a bit “sticky”. Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1½ inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight or at least two hours until firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  5. Flour the countertop and the top of the dough. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to ¼-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Cook cookies completely before frosting.
  6. 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 and the pinch of salt. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, then beat at medium-high speed for a minute or two until light and fluffy. If desired, add food coloring and beat until combined.

  7. 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.

Recipe Notes:

  • Equipment: Round cutters / Gel food colors / Baking sheets
  • Seasonal Ideas: Lemon or peppermint extract in the frosting, tinting frosting festive colors, different seasonal sprinkles on top.
  • Storage: Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  • Freezing Dough: You can make the dough and freeze the packs of dough wrapped in plastic wrap in a resealable freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before rolling. You can also freeze the dough rounds once you cut them out; store them in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Place them on a prepared baking sheet and let sit at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before baking.
  • Freezing Cookies: Frosted cookies that have set can be stored in an airtight container (with parchment between layers) for up to 1 month.
  • Recipe adapted from Authentic Suburban Gourmet

Nutrition:

Calories: 294kcal
Fat: 13g
Saturated fat: 8g
Cholesterol: 49mg
Sodium: 79mg
Potassium: 56mg
Carbohydrates: 40g
Sugar: 24g
Protein: 2g
Vitamin A: 430%
Vitamin C: 0.1%
Calcium: 25%
Iron: 1.1%

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[Photography by Dee Frances]