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soft Lofthouse Cookies
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5 from 6 votes

Lofthouse Cookies Recipe

Lofthouse Cookies are a super soft sour cream sugar cookie recipe topped with homemade frosting. 
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time37 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies




  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract optional but recommended; can also substitute with alternate extracts like peppermint
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk for thinning
  • food coloring and/or sprinkles optional; used for decorating


To make the cookies:

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar: In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and light in color.
    creamed butter and sugar
  • Mix wet ingredients: Add in the sour cream, eggs, vanilla extract, and additional flavored extract, if using. Mix until just combined.
    sour cream and egg for cookie batter
  • Sift and add dry ingredients: In a separate mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in three additions—mixing well after each.
    making cookie dough with sifted flour
  • Roll cookies: Roll dough into 2″ balls and place 2″ apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Use a roller (a mini roller works great) to roll cookies flat (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick).
    rolling Lofthouse Cookie dough
  • Bake: Bake cookies in preheated oven for 7 minutes. They will not be brown when done. Remove from oven and transfer from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Allow cookies to fully cool before frosting.
    baked Lofthouse Cookies

To make the frosting:

  • Cream butter: In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle or in a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla, and extract (if using) until smooth.
    creamed butter and vanilla
  • Add sugar: Add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition. Add in the milk and food color, if using, and beat until fluffy and smooth.
    whipped sugar cookie frosting
  • Decorate: Spread onto cooled cookies and immediately sprinkle on sprinkles.
    spreading frosting onto soft sugar cookie


Recipe adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.8mg