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Lofthouse-Style Cookies

Supremely soft Lofthouse-Style Cookies covered in frosting with bright sprinkles are by far my favorite sugar cookie. I am obsessed with the cake-like texture of these cookies. The store-bought ones, as good as I think they are, taste like they are made almost solely of artificial ingredients.

Lofthouse-Style Cookies covered in sprinkles on a baking sheet.


I was pretty sure the texture couldn’t be replicated in a homemade cookie, but it can and with ingredients you most likely have on hand.


Back when my son was getting chemotherapy for testicular cancer, we had tons of neighbors bring us meals. I literally didn’t cook dinner for 3 months! One of them brought some homemade Lofthouse-Style Cookies for dessert and I still remember them all these months later.

I don’t know why, but it had never occurred to me to make these cookies homemade. They were just something I allowed myself to buy at the store maybe once a year as a special treat.


Well, those cookies were so good I knew I had to make my own, and it has only taken me 15 months to do so.  🙂

I’ll never get around to making all the things I want to!

Lofthouse Sugar Cookies stacked up on a plate.

This cookie dough recipe is from Recipes, Food, and Cooking . I changed the frosting from a cream cheese one to a buttercream. I didn’t color my frosting, but you could totally tint it pink, yellow, or even baby blue to make beautiful Easter cookies.


Most of the Lofthouse Style Cookie recipes have sour cream in them. This one doesn’t so I’m curious to try using sour cream and compare it to these cookies.

There is a lot of flour in this recipe and it will seem like you are adding too much, but it all comes together into a dough that is plenty moist once it is mixed well.


Lofthouse-Style Cookies on a baking sheet.

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Lofthouse-Style Cookies covered in sprinkles on a baking sheet.

Lofthouse-Style Cookies

Homemade Lofthouse-Style Cookies are very close in texture to the fantastically soft and cake-like store-bought cookies. Easy to make with simple ingredients.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 12 minutes
TOTAL: 32 minutes


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease two baking sheets.
  • Place butter, oil, and sugar into the mixing bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until combined.
  • Beat in water and vanilla.
  • Mix in eggs one at a time.
  • Add baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and flour and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Using a medium scoop or 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop dough onto baking sheets. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, slightly flatten each mound or dough.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not let cookies brown at all. Cool on pans several minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  • For frosting, beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, half-and-half, and vanilla.
  • Spread frosting on cookies and decorate with sprinkles.


Makes 18-24 large cookies.


Calories: 480kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easter

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Originally published March 31, 2015.

Cookie Dough Recipe from Recipes, Food, and Cooking

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Lofthouse-Style Cookies- even better than the ones at the store!


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14 thoughts on “Lofthouse-Style Cookies”

  1. We love Lofthouse Cookies – which is why I don’t buy them very often! I would eat them ALL! I would love for you to share at this weeks Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! Happy Easter!

  2. I love these for holiday cookies, because you can change up the frosting and sprinkles so many different ways. These look so soft and delicious! 🙂

  3. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Oh I’m never had a lofthouse cookie before but these look really wonderful! So soft and I love the icing on top!

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Lofthouse cookies are my absolute favorite! I hardly ever buy them because I end up eating them all, but I would definitely make them! Love how pretty these look, too. Pinned!

  5. Lofthouse cookies are always such a special treat for us too. Yours look just as amazing! I love how soft and thick they are and the sprinkles are so so pretty!

  6. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    These look so thick and soft! My Grandma used to make a similar cookie with sour cream — I’ll definitely have to try these!

  7. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Christin, these look amazingly soft and fabulous, and it makes me want to sink my teeth into each one of them – I don’t even want to share! And they are so festive and colorful! They remind me of Easter!

  8. I think that loft house cookies are some of the best cookies ever. These look just as light and perfect as the originals too!

  9. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    These cookies look so dreamy and delicious! Love how buttery they are and that frosting is divine!

  10. Mmm those look amazing! I used to love lofthouse cookies–who doesn’t? I’ll have to try making them sometime 🙂

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