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How to make Lofthouse Cookies

Lofthouse Cookies Recipe

Lofthouse Cookies are a super soft sour cream sugar cookie recipe topped with a super sweet and thick butter and powdered sugar frosting. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 202kcal



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond peppermint, etc. extract (optional)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring and sprinkles if using


For the cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Add in the sour cream, eggs, vanilla extract, and additional flavored extract, if using. Mix until just combined.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Bake cookies in preheated oven 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.

To make the frosting:

  • 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.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition. Add in the milk and food color, and beat until fluffy and smooth. Spread onto cooled cookies and immediately sprinkle on sprinkles.
  • Store cookies in airtight container. They also freeze well if you'd like to make ahead.


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