bake: Lofthouse-Style Soft Sugar Cookies

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I have to tell you now…these are as yummy as they look.

These Lofthouse-Style Soft Sugar Cookies are so soft…mmmm…and the frosting…mmmm…soooo good.  And now that I can make them in the comfort of my own kitchen, I don’t have to tackle the fixture as soon I walk into Walmart anymore with unabashed delight – HA!  So, if you are on a diet I highly recommend you not go any further because once you try one…well, it’s never just one, is it? ;)

The trick to these cookies vs. your normal, average sugar cookie, is that they get rolled out super thick, 1/4 inch thick, baby!  And they are pulled out of the oven at the precise moment, which is less time than you think…NOW THIS IS CRUCIAL…if you think hmmm, this lady must be wrong…these don’t look done…well, then it’s time to pull them out…TRUST ME!  These will not get to be the proper fluffiness that you need to achieve if you remove them early.

I first let V pick out her cutters…she sat on the couch and meticulously studied them all for a good 15 minutes.  After she picked out her final cookie cutter choices, a heart and a bear, I rolled out the dough & she used the cookie cutters to stamp the shapes in the dough.  (on a side note: how adorbs is V’s little floral apron…super sweet on my little miss…I may be just a tad biased ;)

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And here ya go…ENJOY! :)

Lofthouse-Style Soft Sugar Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

These Lofthouse-Style Soft Sugar Cookies are so soft and light, and the frosting adds the necessary sweetness to compliment them perfectly.


1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 – 1/4 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. In a small bowl combine salt, baking soda, and flour together until blended; Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until blended.
  4. Add egg and vanilla extract to butter mixture; Blend well.
  5. Add sour cream to mixture; Blend well.
  6. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; Combine well.
  7. Roll out dough on a floured service to 1/4 inch thick; liberally apply flour to surface and/or dough, mixture will be sticky.
  8. Slide up each cookie with a spatula over to a parchment lined cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray (if necessary spray spatula with cooking spray to help lift up).
  9. Bake for approximately 7 minutes.
  10. Remove them from the oven after 7 minutes. (THEY WILL NOT LOOK DONE - they will be very pale with NO BROWNING (see picture below). If you have browning, they’ve baked for too long and will be crunchy, not fluffy).
  11. Let cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet.
  12. Transfer cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.
  13. Frosting
  14. Cream butter in a mixing bowl.
  15. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla extract until the texture is crumbly.
  16. Add milk very gradually, using what you need until the frosting reaches the consistency you desire.
  17. Divide the icing in separate bowls for the amount of colors desired to ice your cookies.
  18. Add food coloring to each bowl.
  19. Ice cookies (I give you FULL permission to lick the spoon ;)…soooooooooooo good…yum!


Adapted from Peppermint Plum

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  1. These cookies look scrumptious!!! I am making lofthouse cookies tomorrow and I hope mine will look as fabulous as yours :)

  2. Hi! I’ve been making these the last few years for Christmas (and when the mood strikes) and they are soooooo good! Thank you for the recipe. Also, your daughter is adorable. :) I’m going to try to make these this year with my almost-2 year old….. we’ll see how that goes! lol

    • Thank you Shez – you are so very sweet!! She looks so different now :) Time to make these cookies again – I love the idea of making them for Christmas – I’m hosting the family Christmas Eve get-together next week & am just now getting my lists together – I think you’ve convinced me to pull them out of the archives & make them :) Hope you have a beautiful holiday!! xx

  3. Love her chubby little hands (reminds me of my now 7 yr olds hands when she was that little!)… these look amazing! My daughter and I will be making these this weekend :)

    • awwww I know…sadly those chubby little hands are becoming skinny little girl hands :( They grow so fast…I still have my youngest (18mths), my chubby little man T to keep up the chubbiness ;) YAY – enjoy making them this weekend!!! These are such a great family, and mom & kiddo recipe…now I might even have to do them again now too this weekend :) Thanks for stopping by Angie!!! (and thanks for leaving some comment love too!) xx ♥ m

  4. I tried leaving a comment already but I don’t think it worked!! Now I can’t remember what I wrote so I’ll try again :) I know I said that cute little face has me sold on these cookies!! They look so good and pretty. I will definitely be using this recipe in the future. I would love if you shared these and any of your other projects at my Throwback Thursday link party.

    I stalked your blog and love your ideas and photography! I’m following along on Facebook now. And if my other comment happens to show up, feel free to delete it ;)

    • Hey Britni!

      Headed over to you now to link up – it’s been a crazy kiddo kinda day on the home front today! Thanks for finding me! I took a quick peek on my phone this morning at your blog – I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog too! I love your design aesthetic – it’s gorgeous :) I will be stalking your blog a little too tonight after the babes are sound asleep & it’s silent – oh sweet silence ;)

      xx ♥ m

  5. These look so great! I am hosting a baby shower on sat and wanted to make these! I am now following from the blog hop. Hope to see you at True Aim!

    • Thanks for your sweet words!! And for stopping by today :) They would be great for the baby shower & they are super easy to make too! I am headed over to you now to check out your blog as well :)

      xx ♥ m

  6. They are gorgeous! I purposely didn’t look at the recipe though! ;)


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