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Soft Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies {Copycat Recipe}

Perfectly Soft Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies made from scratch with an easy frosting and full of pretty sprinkles! Best treat to serve with a tall glass of milk.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword classic sugar cookie, sugar cookie frosting, sugar cookie recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 43 minutes
Servings 22 cookies
Calories 159 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg , room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp pure almond extract , recommended to give it that signature sugar cookie flavor but leave out if you prefer
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour , measured correctly using spoon and level method
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 2/3 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups powdered sugar , plus more as needed to reach desired consistency
  • pinch salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream , plus more as needed to reach desired consistency
  • food coloring to color frosting , optional
  • candy sprinkles to decorate , optional

Instructions

  1. Using your hand mixer or a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until nice and fluffy. Add egg and beat until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add sour cream and vanilla and beat, until well combined, scraping down the bowl with a silicone spatula.

  2. In a separate bowl, sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt and whisk together. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Remove half of the dough from the fridge. Working with a 1-tablespoon-sized piece of dough at a time, roll into a round ball. Place dough ball onto the prepared baking pan (spacing about 2 inches apart) and use the bottom of a glass cup or the back of a large spoon to press and evenly flatten.
  6. Bake on middle rack in preheated oven for 9-13 minutes or until the cookies are just starting to turn golden (NOT brown) on the edges (switching and rotating baking sheets about halfway through). Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on the sheet. Cookies will continue to cook while they cool. Repeat with any remaining dough.
  7. To make the butter cream frosting: Cream butter in a stand mixer or using your hand mixer for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla then slowly add 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time then add the remainder of powdered sugar until desired consistency and taste is reached (you may not need it all) and continue to beat until smooth.

  8. Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles, if desired. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container.

Recipe Notes

*Sugar cookies get hard and dry out if you don’t seal them up properly so it's important to store them in an airtight container.
*Total time does not include chilling

Nutrition Facts
Soft Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies {Copycat Recipe}
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 159 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 48mg2%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 12g13%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.