Lofthouse soft sugar cookies: This copycat version utterly and completely knock those grocery store look-alikes out of the water. They are SO easy to make and are insanely delicious!

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I realize that Shanon said last week that she was the last blogger to post these Lofthouse copycat cookies, but actually I’m right there with you, Shanon! While it seems that they have been all over my friends’ blogs, I couldn’t help but get in on the action as well.

My cousin and I made a batch of these Lofthouse cookies a few weeks ago (as making cookies seems to be our usual activity when she visits) and with this recipe on my radar for what seems like forever, we made it a point to pump these babies out. And needless to say, I promptly sent her back to Johnson & Wales with over half of them because having them in the house is dangerous!

Seriously dangerous. Let the college kids and their ridiculous under-30 metabolisms deal with the calories.

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Anyway, we all flipped out over these Lofthouse soft sugar cookies! Mariah and I lamented earlier in the afternoon about neither of us being able to pass up the Lofthouse cookies in the grocery store bakery but this homemade copycat version blows the store-bought version out of the water.  There’s no comparison in texture and flavor and there’s no going back to the store-bought version now.

The recipe only yields around two dozen (we got 27) but they are definitely substantial cookies so while I wanted to put away a couple extra (in my stomach, that is), one cookie was definitely enough to satisfy me. For one sitting anyway.

I imagine that freezing some of the dough would work great and I definitely plan to do so the next time we’re craving these bad boys. And now that I’ve found my measuring cups and set the stand mixer up in the new kitchen, it’s entirely possible that they’ll show up again sometime this week.

Yay for having reasons to celebrate with cookies!

2018 Update:

Kyle and I have included these Lofthouse soft sugar cookies in the cookie platters that we assemble and bring around during our Christmas visits. We have made a sweet tradition of baking and frosting them on Christmas Eve every year since I first made them and I cannot WAIT to share this tradition with Riley this year!

In addition to these soft sugar cookies, our cookie platters also always include at least some rosemary butter cookies, thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies made with Christmas M&Ms, and peanut butter blossoms. How can you go wrong??

Lastly for this update, are you wondering how long Lofthouse cookies last for? They will last for 3 to 4 days at room temperature before starting to dry out. Keep them in a tightly sealed container to maintain freshness for as long as possible.

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These cookies made it to the Weekend Potluck – check it out for some other delish recipes!

  • Prep Time: 15min (active) + 1hr to chill (cookies) | 20min (frosting)
  • Cook Time: 10-12min
  • Yield: about 18 cookies

Notes

Be sure so allow plenty of time to make these cookies. The dough needs an hour to chill before baking and the frosting needs at least an hour to full firm up before you can transport them without making a big mess. (Trust me.)

Ingredients

For the cookies:
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
4 ½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups sugar
3 large eggs
5 tsp vanilla extract

For the frosting:
4-5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
6-7 tbsp milk (plus more, as needed)
Food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  • 01

    To make the cookies: Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  • 02

    In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt, and whisk together to blend.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed.  Blend in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients mixing just until incorporated and evenly mixed.  Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.

  • 03

    During the last 15 minutes of chill time, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.

  • 04

    When you are ready to bake the cookies, scoop a scant quarter cup of dough and roll into a ball.  Flatten the ball slightly and place on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the cookies at least 2-3 inches apart.

  • 05

    Bake about 10-12 minutes or just until set.  (Do not overbake!  The edges should be no more than very lightly browned if at all.)  Let cool on the baking sheet for several minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • 06

    To make the frosting: Place 4 cups of the confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter, vanilla, and milk to the bowl and whisk until smooth. Whisk in additional milk as necessary, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.  If the frosting is too loose to frost the cookies with, whisk in more sugar, ¼ cup at a time.  Tint with food coloring if desired.

    Use an offset spatula or spoon to frost the cooled cookies.  (If the frosting begins to thicken as you decorate, just continue to whisk in small amounts of milk to keep it workable.)  Top with sprinkles if desired.  Store in an airtight container.