Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies

August 23, 2012

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Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies – These have an irresistible sweet flavor and are finished with a creamy frosting. They’re destined to become a new family favorite!

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 =).

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).

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 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!

5 from 3 votes

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

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter , at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all vegetable shortening (unflavored), at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 recipe Vanilla Frosting , recipe follows

Vanilla Frosting

  • 1/3 cup salted butter , at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 - 3 Tbsp half-and-half
  • food coloring , optional

Instructions

  • 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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119 Comments

  • Angelica Paluba

    Wow, these look delicious! I have never before found a perfect lofthouse cookies copycat, but I think this is the one. Thank you!!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I hope you get the chance to try them Angelica! Let me know what you think!

  • Jessika

    I’ve been trying to find a recipe to mimic the “Safeway cookies,” and these are it and more. Literally, the best cookies I have ever put in my mouth. Thank you for blessing this world with this recipe.

  • Stan Surgeon

    Much more chewy than expected. I was thinkin like wallmart level low-value production soft-ass, spongey-ass cooks but dog these were next level firm. I hope I didn’t over-cook them, I mean we never set a timer but like, they firm. Not burnt, dough is just much firmer than the picture looks oughta say. Unfluffed. Good cooks, dense cooks, unfluffed decently satisfying cooks..just not like the cooks you’d expect looking at that picture.

  • Carly.C

    Hi! I wanted to try this recipe and I was wondering if I could use all-purpose flour instead of cake? Or would that change the outcome too much?

  • Tara

    I just made these and they were SO SO wonderful! I think I might have made them a bit too big or under cooked them just so but they were seriously like sugar pillows for my mouth!

  • Melissa

    Loved the cookie recipe! Easy to make and yummy as well. My only problem with it was the frosting. I followed all of the steps and came up with a play dough like frosting. It wouldn’t pipe and it wouldn’t stick to the cookie! At first when I beat the powdered sugar and butter together it came out like a dust. I had to add milk and more butter and sugar to make it to a consistency that resembled frosting. I wouldn’t mind this as much if I lived in the states, but I live in a place where it’s very difficult (near impossible) to get butter and powdered sugar, as well as milk and other basics. Besides that the cookies were amazing and definitely something that I would do again :)

  • Taylor M.

    The frosting doesn’t turn out right. I had to add some 1/4 cup of vegetable oil too it. Just a heads up for anyone making the recipe might want to add that. Other than that they were amazing!

  • Soni Herrmann

    Hi Jaclyn! I just found your blog while searching for ways to frost sugar cookies and I look forward to trying this recipe! ;)