Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies

Published August 23, 2012. Updated April 12, 2024

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Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies have an irresistible sweet flavor and are finished with a creamy frosting. Soft, frosted sugar cookies are a classic dessert so you’re going to want this recipe in your back pocket. They’re destined to become a new family favorite!

Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies

The Softest Fluffiest Sugar Cookies!

I think it’s safe to say I have a slight sugar cookie obsession. If you’ve been following my blog you’ve likely noticed by now. But really, who doesn’t love frosted sugar cookies? I mean how can you not love them?

The only people that don’t are liars, I’m just kidding everyone is entitled to their own personal opinion. But those of you that don’t like them, well lets just say we probably don’t have much in common =).

Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies

I know I’ve already posted a sugar cookie recipe, well that’s old news. Those are good, but these are better. These are so soft, so fluffy, so tender. Basically they melt in your mouth dreamy.

So, you may be asking, what is that makes these special? To answer that, it’s a combination of things. The texture is amazing thanks to the cake flour and cornstarch. Don’t substitute all-purpose flour for the cake flour or your cookie will end up heavy and dense (compared to what you get with the cake flour, besides you’d have to adjust the portions anyway because cake flour is lighter).

Soft Sugar Cookies

Cake Flour is Key

I know cake flour is more expensive than all-purpose flour but sometimes its worth it, in this case it’s definitely worth it. The combination of butter and vegetable shortening also helps the texture, especially when it’s whipped to fluffy perfection.

I got the inspiration to use egg plus egg white along with the almond extract from white cake. This is one cookie that is meant to be a bit cake-y, it gives it that amazing, pillow-y as clouds bite.

If you like the Lofthouse style sugar cookies from the store, trust me you’re going to want to try these. I think these far outdo those. Those almost taste like plastic to me, good texture but weird taste. I even like these more than my old favorite from the local bakery. These are my new favorite! Enjoy and share!

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Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies

These delicious cookies have a similar soft texture of Lofthouse cookies without the strange flavor! The have an irresistible sweet funfetti-like flavor and are finished with a creamy frosting. They're destined to become a new family favorite!
Servings: 12
Prep30 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Ready in: 50 minutes


Vanilla Frosting


  • Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt into a large bowl, then whisk it just a few times, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, on medium speed, whip together butter, shortening and sugar until very pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scrapping down the sides of the bowl as needed. 
  • Add in egg and mix until combine, then add egg white, vanilla and almond extract and mix until combine. With mixer running, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate 2 hours. Preheat oven to 375 during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration.
  • Scoop dough out a scant 1/4 cup at a time and roll into a ball. Place dough ball on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle top lightly with flour, then using something flat and smooth (such as the storage container lid), press and evenly flatten dough to 1/2" thick (so you should have about a 2 2/3" - 2 3/4 " circular cookie). 
  • Transfer flattened dough to a Silpat or buttered cookie sheet and repeat process with remaining dough (you'll have to use 2 cookie sheets). Bake in preheated oven 9 - 11 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. 
  • Cool completely then frost with Vanilla Frosting (note that frosting begins to set quickly so if you are adding sprinkles, sprinkle each cookie immediately after frosting it, don't frost the whole batch of cookies then try to sprinkle them because the sprinkles wont stick).

Vanilla Frosting

  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, whip until frosting is smooth and fluffy. Mix in food coloring if desired.


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  • Anonymous

    Do these taste like the ones from the store but without that chemical taste?

  • Olivia Engelhardt

    Can I make these the night before and refrigerate overnight if I want to make them first thing in the morning?
    Also do you think they would be good as colored sugar cookies without the frosting? Or too plain?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes the dough or cookies could be made the night before. If you find the dough a little firm you can let it rest at room temp a bit before using. And I think they are definetly best with frosting but you could do a lighter layer if preferred.

  • Amy Botticello

    I am trying to decide between this recipe and your Frosted Sugar Cookies (with sour cream) to make for my daughter who loves frosted sugar cookies. Do you have a favorite between the two recipes?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      They are both good but lately I make the soft frosted with sour cream the most and prefer those.

      • Amy Botticello

        Thanks so much for your help in deciding! One more question re. “measuring flour” please. Do you “dip” the measuring cup and “sweep” or do you fill the cup with spoonfuls of flour and then level it off. Thanks so much!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes they are large cookies. You can make them smaller if preferred and reduce bake time slightly.

  • Annie

    Hello, I can’t wait to try these cookies since I’ve been looking for a good sugar cookie recipe that stays soft. I rated 5 stars because I’m anticipating good things, : ). I just wanted to say I haven’t visited to many sites where I haven’t had to tweak here or there but your recipes haven’t proven wrong yet. I am a fan!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry I don’t have those amounts on this recipe. But I recommend going with my other similar recipe here which has them.

  • Lisa DiGiorgio

    I need to freeze these for about 2 weeks. Should I freeze with frosting or without? These are my favorite cookie, can’t wait up try the recipe!

  • Trish Dierkes

    On the loft house cookies, how do you do the heart shaped ones?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Chill the dough then roll it out on a floured surface and cut into heart shapes.