Cookies/ Desserts

Lofthouse Sugar Cookies (Copycat Recipe)

These cookies…oh my.  You have had a Lofthouse sugar cookie from the grocery store before right?  I looooooove those super soft, cake-like sugar cookies with the sweet frosting and sprinkles of course!  It is probably the only cookie I would eat that I didn’t make myself.  I am picky!!!  I first saw Lofthouse cookies when I was in high school, working my after school job at Ralph’s Grocery store.  That was such a fun job!  I started off as courtesy clerk (aka: bagger) and then moved to work in the video rental department (back when there was such a thing) and then to the customer service desk where I was in charge of counting money for the tills, cashing payroll checks for customers, money orders, lotto tickets etc.  But what made it fun was all the people I worked with!  I have such fond memories of the people I worked with there.  So working in a grocery store can be kind of a caveat because it’s just too easy to pick up some treats after my shift was over.  And a package of Lofthouse cookies and a rented DVD pretty much sums up more than a few of my Friday nights as a teenager #introvertsunite!

I have been wanting to try the copycat Lofthouse sugar cookie recipes I see all over Pinterest and on food blogs, but you need sour cream to make them (which I only have if I am using it in a recipe, which is rare) and it just seemed like a lot of work.  Making the cookies, chilling, rolling them out, baking, making the frosting and then decorating them.  Well I found a great recipe at Center Cut Cook that was not as complicated and did not require 6 cups of flour.  It just so happened that I also had sour cream left over from the Lemon Cupcakes I just made and leftover buttercream frosting, so that was a sign to me that these Lofthouse cookies needed to be made!  I slightly adapted the recipe from Center Cut Cook, using a few tricks I have come across that gives cookies a “bakery” taste.  Using clear imitation vanilla extract (I use Baker’s brand) and the butter emulsion help give it that bakery taste, as well as the addition of the small amount of nutmeg.  Clear imitation vanilla is super cheap compared to real vanilla extract and is probably why using the imitation makes it taste more like it came from the store bakery.  The store bakery ain’t using expensive vanilla extract or vanilla beans to make those cookies!  And they use shortening to make their cookies.  So if you ever buy desserts from an a special order baker, you have to understand the expense in baking from scratch.  I use real butter and quality ingredients, which all cost more.  No cake mixes for $1 and no tub frosting for $2.  Not that there’s anything wrong with using those…but if you buy cupcakes from me, I make everything from scratch.

I reallllllly get off topic don’t I?  I hope you are still reading this… If you are then lets get back to these cookies!  The dough was very sticky and I refrigerated the dough overnight to make it more manageable when rolling the dough into balls.  Even after refrigerating the dough, it was still a little sticky.  Just FYI in case you make these and think something is wrong with your dough….nope….just sticky as hell cookie dough!


Mmmmmm…cookie dough!


Dough balls ready for a trip to the oven!

I had just pulled the first batch of cookies from the oven when I got a text message from my husband at work, “Guys at work are asking about treats.”  My best taste testers!  It’s a rarity that James is at work and I either don’t send him in to work with goodies or come down to the station to deliver whatever I am baking to them.  So the guys were in luck because these cookies were heading straight for Station One!


Cookies chilling…waiting for their frosting!


Make your frosting whatever color you want!  I would have done pink, but I was using my leftover lemon frosting that was already yellow.  And how cute is my bowl of sprinkles??  I am in love with this bowl that Wilmax sent me!  I have never seen anything like it!  Click here to check out their website…they have some really cool stuff and the quality is on point!

Lofthouse Sugar Cookies (Copycat Recipe)

Print Recipe
Serves: 22 Cooking Time: 14-minutes


  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons clear imitation vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter emulsion
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt



In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream your butter until pale in color. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the granulated sugar to the butter. Mix on medium-high until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing throughly before adding the second egg. Add sour cream to sugar mixture and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Add both extracts.


Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add one cup of flour to the wet ingredients, mixing slowly until just combined. Add the baking powder and second cup of flour. Mix until just combined. Add baking soda, nutmeg and last cup of flour to the mixture, mixing on low until just incorporated.


Remove bowl from the mixer and stir by hand, to make sure dough is fully incorporated. Place dough in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight.


Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough onto the cookie sheets. Roll the dough balls by hand to make sure they are completely round. Bake cookies for 14-minutes. Do not over bake. Cookies may appear slightly underdone, but these cookies are soft and do not have crispy edges.


Let cookies cool for 10-minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.


Wait until cookies are completely cooled before frosting. I used leftover buttercream from my Lemon Cupcakes, but if you want to use the frosting from Center Cut Cook, click in the link above to the original recipe. The frosting I used can be found if you click on the above link for my Lemon Cupcakes, but it is a large batch of frosting. Decorate freshly frosted cookies with sprinkles!!


Store at room temperature in an air tight container.


So I had just enough time to snap a few pictures of the finished cookies when the fire truck pulled up out front of my house…they just happened to be by my house after finishing up some training.  I sent two plates of these cookies back to the station with them, and boy were the guys pumped to get these cookies!!  I just wish I had a picture of all the burly fireman eating these cute sprinkle cookies.  About 3 minutes after the guys left my house after picking up the cookies, I got a text and picture from my husband:


James: “One plate of cookies already gone within a minute of us getting back on the truck!”  James said these definitely tasted like the Lofthouse cookies and it got the Firefighter Seal of Approval.


And all that was left a few hours later!!  Don’t you love my cute Kelly cookie plate?!  My best friend Jessie had this made for me and I use it ALL the time.  It’s a guarantee I will get my plate back…and then also so everyone knows who made the treats!

These cookies were so yummy, I had to make a second batch and share them with my mom!  Made with pink buttercream frosting this time of course!


If you make these, let me know what you think!!  Thanks for reading this super long post!



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  • Reply
    Cindy Mikolich
    October 26, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Really cute post Kelly, and how come I’ve never heard of Lofthouse cookies? Do I have to be a firefighter to get some? (lol)

    • Reply
      October 26, 2016 at 3:57 PM

      Probably because dad does all the grocery shopping! Hahahahahaha!!! Wendy just asked about these and I need to make another batch, so maybe us girls need to get together this weekend, I’ll bake these and then we can eat some Lofthouse cookies!

      • Reply
        Cindy Mikolich
        October 28, 2016 at 2:34 PM

        Ok, lucky me, just received my hand delivered baked from scratch Loft House cookies at my office. Staff and I are loving them, just what we needed to end the week and start the week-end! Great job Kelly Lynn, thank you!!! xoxoxo

        • Reply
          October 28, 2016 at 3:11 PM

          You’re welcome!! Thanks for being the best mom ever! Love you! Glad you and everyone in the office is loving the cookies 🙂 XOXOX

  • Reply
    October 26, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    another great post, my sweet friend !! way to go !!! xoxo

    • Reply
      October 26, 2016 at 3:58 PM

      Thank you my long lost sister!! So excited for your website! Xoxo

  • Reply
    March 17, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    These are soooooooooooooooooo good!! We usually just make cutout sugar cookies to recreate those cookies but I was so excited to try your recipe. My daughter made them today for St. Patrick’s Day. It was a different tasting dough but they truly had the lofthouse flavor all baked up! Thank you so much!! We each had 3 tonight. 🙂

    • Reply
      March 17, 2017 at 4:20 PM

      Thank you Christy!!! You totally made my week!! Thanks for making these and then letting me know how much you and your family really liked them! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! XOXO

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