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Lofthouse Cookies

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Lofthouse Cookies are a popular cookie found in the bakery section of grocery stores in the United States. They’re a soft sugar cookie with a thick layer of sweet, creamy frosting, and they’re topped with rainbow sprinkles. This is a copycat recipe for these well-known cookies.

lofthouse cookies on a cooling rack

Spring is the best time to make Lofthouse Cookies because they are pastel-colored and pretty. Consider making them for Easter or for a baby shower or birthday party. Pretty, heart-shaped Raspberry Linzer Cookies would be a sweet pairing with these!

About Lofthouse Cookies:

Lofthouse Cookies are different than traditional sugar cookies because they are taller and fluffier. Sometimes sour cream is added to give them a moist and tender texture. In this recipe I’m sharing here, cream cheese is added to the cookie dough instead of sour cream.

Some Lofthouse Cookie recipes use both baking powder and baking soda to achieve a fluffy texture. I find that only baking powder is needed in my recipe. I use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour to keep the cookie texture light and cakey.

“Sometimes me think what is love, and then me think love is what last cookie is for. Me give up the last cookie for you.”

-Cookie Monster

The History of Lofthouse Cookies:

Lofthouse Cookies surfaced in 1994 when Lofthouse Foods started producing these cookies to sell to major U.S. supermarket bakeries. The company states that the cookies were “mixed from a family recipe,” but that’s about all they’ll reveal. Nowadays, you’ll find many copycat recipes for Lofthouse Cookies.

sugar cookie dough on baking sheet getting ready for oven

How to make Lofthouse Cookies:

Prepare the dough, and refrigerate the dough until it has had a chance to become firm. Roll the dough into balls, and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Coat the bottom of a glass with sugar, and press the round ball of dough down to a flat circle.

sugar cookies on rack

Bake, and cool the cookies on a rack.

frosting and sprinkles ready to be added to cookies

How to prepare the frosting:

Use a mixer to combine butter, vanilla and powdered sugar. Add in heavy cream, and mix until very creamy and spreadable.

Decide how many colors you want to make the frosting. Divide the frosting between bowls, and add in different colors of gel paste food color.

lofthouse cookies displayed on a round white platter

Spread the frosting on the cookies, and top with rainbow sprinkles. Store the cookies at room temperature for 3 to 4 days in a sealed container. They’ll store best if they’re in a single layer. If you freeze the cookies, they’ll be good for 4 to 5 weeks.

lofthouse cookie broken in half to see inside

The texture of Lofthouse Cookies is soft and cakey. Some people really like these cookies, and other people despise them. Do you love them or hate them? I guess you’d better make a batch and decide for yourself.

lofthouse cookies on a cooling rack

Lofthouse Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 53 minutes

These Lofthouse Cookies are the perfect copycat of the popular grocery store bakery cookies.

Ingredients

COOKIES:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

FROSTING:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • gel (or paste) food coloring- yellow and pink
  • rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

MAKE THE COOKIES:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, cream cheese, sugar and salt. Beat until smooth and fluffy- 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix for another minute. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Slowly add the flour to the wet ingredients and mix just until it’s all incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the dough is firm.

Use a cookie scoop to measure an even scoop of dough (1 ½ to 2 tablespoons). Roll the blob of dough into a ball. Place it onto the baking sheet, and use the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in water and sugar to flatten it into a round cookie shape. Repeat with the remaining dough. sheet (space about 2-inches apart).

Bake 12 to 14 minutes until the cookies are no longer looking raw in the middle. Let them cool completely on the pan before transferring them to a rack.

MAKE THE FROSTING:

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter. Then mix in the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar and mix to combine. Mix in 1 tablespoon of cream, and then another. The consistency at this point might be what you are looking for (a nice, spreadable consistency), or you may need a little more powdered sugar or a little more cream.

Decide how many colors you’d like your cookies to be. If you want just one color, add a little of the color to the bowl and stir to combine. If you want two colors, divide the frosting into two separate bowls and add color, as desired. Stir to combine.

Frost the cookies leaving a visible rim around the edge of the cookie (Google Lofthouse cookies to see how others have frosted theirs), and add sprinkles on top. Lofthouse cookies should be refrigerated in a covered container.

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