Best Lofthouse cookie copycat recipe! These cookies taste as good (or better) than the pink frosted Lofthouse sugar cookies.
Like most kids, my kids love cookies that have frosting and sprinkles.
With the pink frosting and rainbow sprinkles, the Lofthouse sugar cookies are just what they like.
I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of the cookies, and I find them a little bland and overly sweet. Not this recipe though!
This Lofthouse cookie copycat recipe is a tastier version of the original. With the generous amount of vanilla, the cookies have more flavor, and my whole family prefers this version to the originals.
Step 1: Beat the cool butter, sugar, baking soda, and salt together for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Step 2: Add the egg whites, cream, and vanilla. Mix them in until they’re combined. The dough may look like it has separated.
Step 3: Add the cake flour, and stir in just until combined. Don’t overmix. Overmixing will lead to tough cookies.
Step 4: Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a round 1/2 inch tip.
Step 5: Pipe out 1-1/4 ounce portions of dough, spacing them 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
Step 6: Bake until pale and puffed but not browned. Let cookies cool completely before frosting.
Step 7: To make the frosting, add the powdered sugar, salt, cream, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl.
Step 8: Beat on low just until the ingredients are combined. Increase speed to medium, and continue beating for 3 minutes.
Step 9: Frost the cookies.
- The cookies are delicate, so be careful when frosting the cookies.
- Make sure that the cookies have cooled completely before frosting them.
- The frosting will crust. If you want to add sprinkles, do so immediately after frosting the cookies.
Cool butter means that the butter is about 60-65F. The butter should give slightly when pressed, but it shouldn’t dent easily.
I’ve tried using a cookie scoop, but the results weren’t as good. The cookies baked out more, and they had flatter, crispier edges that browned more than the piped cookie dough.
You can! I used about a drop of red food coloring to get the pink frosting pictured here.
How to store the cookies
I’ve found that the cookies keep best when stored in a resealable bag or container in the refrigerator. The cookies will keep for up to 5 days when properly stored.
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Lofthouse Cookie Copycat Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1-3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Beat butter, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large mixing bowl on low 30 seconds.
- Increase to medium and beat for 5 more minutes.
- Add egg, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix until combined.
- Add cake flour, and stir in just until incorporated.
- Form the dough into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 1 hour or until firm.
- Toward the end of the chilling time, preheat oven to 375 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.
- On a lightly powdered sugared surface, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness.
- Use a 2 ½ inch or 3 inch circular cookie cutter to cut out the cookies, cutting the cookies as close to each other as possible. Gather the dough scraps and repeat the process.
- Bake about 10-15 minutes, or until the edges and bottoms are just beginning to turn golden. You don't want the cookies to bake to golden brown.
- Cool to room tempearature.
- To make the frosting, combine, butter, powdered sugar, salt, 1 tablespoon cream, and vanilla in a bowl.
- Beat on low to until just combined.
- Increase to medium and beat until smooth, about 3 minutes, adding in more cream as needed.
- Spread frosting over cooled cookies.
- Store leftover cookies in the fridge.
- The butter should be in between straight-from-the-fridge and room temperature, about 60F.
- Or 1/2 teaspoon of table salt.
- Nutrition values are estimates.
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