Lofthouse Cookies

Lofthouse Cookies are those iconic and irresistible grocery store cookies that often tempt me right before I hit the checkout line. Homemade Lofthouse Cookies are easier to make than you might think and always worth the extra time and effort. With their dense but super soft texture, pretty pink buttercream frosting, and festive sprinkles, they are always a winner in my house.

overhead view of lofthouse cookies on parchment, one is bitten.

What’s in Frosted Sugar Cookies?

Frosted sugar cookies are the prettiest, loveliest cookies to make with simple, familiar ingredients you likely already have in your pantry and fridge.

  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour for this recipe for the best results.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder is an easy-to-find staple in most pantries. I prefer buying aluminum free.
  • Baking Soda: The addition of baking soda helps the cookie dough rise even more and helps balance out the acidity of the sour cream.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch is a gluten-free binder and thickening agent that also helps prevent the cookies from crumbling.
  • Salt: Don’t skip the salt as it enhances the flavor of the entire recipe.
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter for this recipe (do not substitute margarine).
  • Sugar: Sugar adds sweetness as well as structure to the cookie dough.
  • Eggs: Eggs are nature’s perfect baking ingredient that add volume (and protein) to the cookie batter – I like to use farm fresh or cage-free eggs whenever possible.
  • Sour Cream: Regular sour cream make the cookies moister and richer.
  • Vanilla Extract: A little vanilla extract from the aromatic vanilla bean adds the perfect flavor to this otherwise perfect cookie.
  • Almond Extract: Almond extract usually sits next to the vanilla extract in the spice section of the supermarket, or you can find some excellent options online.
  • Milk: I like to use low-fat, grass-fed milk in my recipes, but any milk will work.

If you are out of milk, you can also use unsweetened almond milk as an alternative.

Holiday Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

These soft-baked sugar cookies are easy to style for any holiday.

For Valentine’s Day, make them as pictured with pink frosting and pink and white sprinkles. For Mardi Gras, try purple frosting with yellow and green sprinkles. For Saint Patrick’s Day, use green frosting and clover-shaped sprinkles. For Easter, opt for a mix of soft pastels. For Fourth of July, leave the frosting white and add red and blue sprinkles. For Halloween, use orange frosting and purple and black sprinkles. And for Christmas, leave the frosting white and add red and green sprinkles!

three-quarters view of pink frosted lofthouse cookies on parchment paper, one is bitten.

Trademark Note: In the spirit of transparency, I want to note that this is a copycat recipe for an existing product. Lofthouse is a proprietary brand that I want to acknowledge and give credit to.

Why are Lofthouse cookies so good?

Lofthouse cookies are made with both baking soda and baking powder to give them a fluffier, less crumbly texture that’s never chewy. They also include cornstarch to keep them tender and sour cream for moisture.

What does cornstarch do in cookies?

Cornstarch helps to make the cookies soft and tender. It also helps the cookies to spread less by thickening up the dough! 

Do I have to chill cookies before baking them?

Yes! Chilling the cookie dough before baking helps prevent the dough from spreading in the oven. 

How long do frosted sugar cookies last?

These cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

Can you freeze frosted sugar cookies?

Absolutely! I recommend freezing them in a single layer on a lined baking sheet until they are frozen solid. This way, the frosting will not smear. Then, carefully transfer them to an airtight container or Ziplock bag with parchment between the cookies to store.

overhead view of 19 pink frosted lofthouse cookies in a grid pattern with a bowl of sprinkles.

How to Store Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Store leftover Lofthouse cookies in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serve cold or at room temperature.

How to Freeze Pink Frosted Sugar Cookies

Freeze Lofthouse cookies in a single layer on a lined baking sheet until solid, about 1-2 hours. Transfer to an airtight container or Ziplock bag with parchment between the layers to store for up to 1 month. Let thaw at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before enjoying.

What to Serve with Easy Frosted Sugar Cookies

The only thing you need to enjoy with Lofthouse Cookies is perhaps a cold and tall glass of milk!

close up of a bitten pink frosted lofthouse cookie surrounded by more cookies.

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Lofthouse Cookies Recipe

Lofthouse Cookies, the iconic grocery store cookies, are buttercream-frosted cake-like sugar cookies with the most satisfying, melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Course cookie, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 28 minutes
Servings 25 cookies
Calories 224kcal
Author Becky Hardin


For the Cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 360 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 4 grams
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda 3 grams
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 7 grams
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (see note)
  • ½ cup salted butter 113 grams, room temperature (1 stick)
  • cups granulated sugar 300 grams
  • 2 large eggs 100 grams, room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream 114 grams, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 4 grams
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract 2 grams

For the Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter 113 grams, room temperature (1 stick)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar 227 grams
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk 14-28 grams
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 grams
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract 1 gram
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • Food coloring any color
  • 2 tablespoons colored sprinkles 24 grams


  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt together.
    3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together. Add in the eggs and mix until combined. Add in the sour cream, and vanilla and almond extracts.
    ½ cup salted butter, 1½ cups granulated sugar, 2 large eggs, ½ cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Mixing on low speed, add in the flour mixture little by little until just combined.
  • Form the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a little more than ¼-inch thick.
  • Use a 2 to 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut out circles from the dough. Transfer to a baking sheet.
    a circular cookie cutter cutting cookies out of a sheet of cookie dough.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a baking rack to cool.
    16 baked lofthouse sugar cookies on a baking sheet.
  • While the cookies cool, make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter until smooth. Add in the sugar and mix until incorporated. Add in the milk, vanilla and almond extracts, and salt. Add in the drops of food coloring if using, and mix again until fully combined.
    ½ cup unsalted butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1-2 tablespoons milk, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon almond extract, ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt, Food coloring
  • One the cookies have cooled, frost and top with sprinkles.
    2 tablespoons colored sprinkles
    lofthouse sugar cookies being frosted with pink frosting and white and red sprinkles.



  • Salt: If using a finer-grain salt (like sea salt or table salt), reduce the amount by half or use unsalted butter.
  • Take care not to overmix the cookie dough; otherwise, your cookies may turn out tough.
  • Bake the cookies for no more than 9 minutes; we don’t want these cookies to take on any color.
  • Let the cookies cool completely before frosting them; otherwise, the frosting will melt off.
  • Add more milk to the frosting only if it is too thick.
  • Store the cookies in a single layer to keep the frosting from smearing.
Storage: Store Lofthouse cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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