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Best Copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookies Recipe

This recipe for Lofthouse Sugar Cookies is IDENTICAL to the real thing. They are sweet with a soft and fluffy texture then topped with that iconic creamy frosting and sprinkles. Literal perfection in every way.

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loft house sugar cookie copycat on the counter, next to some frosting and a striped dishtowel.

Pillowy soft Lofthouse Cookies Recipe

As a self-proclaimed cookie monster, I have a soft spot for Lofthouse sugar cookies. These pillowy, frosted treats are the perfect indulgence for any sweet tooth, and the good news is that you can make them at home with my (seriously identical) copycat recipe!

I based my recipe off of the ingredient list on an actual Lofthouse Cookie package so it’s no surprise that these cookies are soft, tender, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious with a subtle vanilla flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweet, creamy frosting.

Plus, they’re incredibly versatile and can be decorated with any color of frosting or sprinkles to fit any occasion. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing cookie recipe that’s easy to make and sure to impress, look no further than this recipe for Lofthouse Cookies.

loft house sugar cookies, frosted with sprinkles on a black cookie cooling rack.

What you’ll need for Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

Like I mentioned above, to create this recipe, I essentially looked at the Lofthouse Cookie package ingredient list, took out all of the preservatives and then used the exact same ingredients. The result was nothing short of amazing. Full ingredient amounts will be listed in the recipe card below.

  • Margarine– I know, I know. I am a butter girl, too. But TRUST me. This is what Lofthouse uses so that’s what I used, too. This is in both the cookie base AND in the frosting (which is how that frosting will crust and harden but still be creamy!) DO NOT use imperial brand of margarine. It has a much higher water percentage than most margarine sticks. Look for something that is 80% vegetable oil.
  • Powdered Sugar– This is what sweetens the frosting, yes, you probably guessed that BUT did you guess that this is the sugar that goes into the cookie dough, as well? That is half of the equation to getting that super soft, melt in your mouth cookie base that we know and love.
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract– my favorite is either Watkin’s or Lorann Oils brand for Vanilla.
  • Butter extract– This is the secret to that iconic Lofthouse Cookie Flavor that we know and love. Butter extract is what you taste but can’t put your finger on. Again, trust me on this!
  • Cake Flour– Yes, cake flour. This is the other half of that super soft, melt in your mouth equation. While you can use all purpose, the cake flour really does make ALL the difference in the texture so if you are wanting an exact replica, use cake flour.
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Heavy Cream– This is in the frosting!
loft house cook dough before being baked. One is rolled and flattened while the other has just been scooped.

How to make Lofthouse Cookies

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer, cream together margarine and powdered sugar. This will whip up into an extremely smooth and creamy mixture.
  3. Next, add in the egg and your flavorings, mix on a high speed until completely incorporated, smooth and creamy.
  4. Lastly, add in the cake flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until your dough forms. The dough will be soft and almost feel like a cloud dough of sorts.
  5. Allow the dough to rest for 10 mintues– while this isn’t essential, this will help the dough to not be so sticky when it comes to rolling out the cookies.
  6. Use a #24 scoop (holds 3 tbsp of dough) to portion out the cookie dough into equal sized portions.
  7. Roll into a ball until there are no cracks in the dough and then gently flatten the dough slightly to make it look like a hockey puck.
  8. Arrange on your prepared baking sheet and bake at 350° F for 9-11 minutes- mine where done right at 10 minutes. Do not overtake these, they shouldn’t turn brown at all. They will spread slightly, puff up and no longer look wet and glossy on the top when they are ready to come out of the oven.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  10. Once the cookies have cooled, make the icing.
frosting on a spreading tool in front of lofthouse sugar cookies

How to Make Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Frosting

  1. To make the frosting, gather your ingredients of margarine, powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract and butter extract.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer, cream the margarine until smooth
  3. Then alternate adding the remaining ingredients– a little powdered sugar and then a little bit of heavy cream in order to allow the powdered sugar to mix completely with the margarine. Use just enough heavy cream to mix the powdered sugar and margarine together, the frosting should stay thick.
  4. Repeat step number 2 until all of the powdered sugar is added to the margarine. At this point, the frosting should be quite thick.
  5. Add the vanilla and butter extracts and mix until combined. At this point, you can add more heavy cream to adjust the consistency of your frosting to your liking.
  6. Dye the frosting your desired color using food coloring. I like to use gel food coloring because it yields a deep color without having to use a lot of food dye.
lofthouse sugar cookies stacked on top of one another next to a striped dishtowel.

Lofthouse Cookie Recipe variations

Can I make Lofthouse sugar cookies without cream of tartar?

Yes, in fact, my recipe already doesn’t include cream of tartar. You are welcome. 🙂

Can I use different flavors in my Lofthouse sugar cookie dough?

Certainly!! I LOVE all of Lorann Oils bakery emulsions. The Lemon would be ta-die-for in this cookie!

Lofthouse Cookie storage

How long do Lofthouse sugar cookies stay fresh?

My homemade loft house sugar cookies will stay fresh for up to 4 days in an air tight container at room temperature.

Can I freeze Lofthouse Cookies?

YES! They freeze super well. I freeze them with the frosting on and everything. Just arrange your frosted cookies on a cookie sheet and then freeze the entire cookie sheet for 1 hour. At that point you’ll be able to toss all of the cookies into a freezer zip top bag without the frosting being crushed or the cookies sticking together.

loft house sugar cookies, frosted with sprinkles on top on a cookie cooling rack. One with a bite taken out of it.

Lofthouse Sugar Cookies Recipe FAQs

What makes Lofthouse Sugar Cookies so soft and pillowy?

The answer is powdered sugar and cake flour! There is absolutely NO granulated sugar in this recipe. The powdered sugar in combination with cake flour (which is formulated perfectly to give us a softer, more cake like texture) gives us that classic melt in your mouth texture.

Why are they called Lofthouse cookies?

Lofthouse cookies are named ‘lofthouse’ because it was the Mother’s Maiden Name of David Stone who started the cookie company.

Why are Lofthouse cookies so good?

Lofthouse cookies are known for their soft and cake-like texture, paired with deliciously sweet frosting. This combination creates a melt-in-your-mouth treat that many find irresistible.

What are Lofthouse cookies made of?

Lofthouse cookies are typically made from a mixture of flour, sugar, margarine, eggs, leavening agents, and flavorings. The signature frosting is often made with powdered sugar, margarine, and flavorings.

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Lofthouse Cookies Recipe (Copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookies)

This recipe for Lofthouse Sugar Cookies is IDENTICAL to the real thing. They are sweet with a soft and fluffy texture then topped with that iconic creamy frosting and sprinkles. Literal perfection in every way. 
4.22 from 71 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 15 minutes
Servings: 14 Cookies
Calories: 506kcal

Ingredients

Lofthouse Sugar Cookie

  • 1 cup (222g) margarine** softened
  • 1 1/4 cup ( 137g) powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract
  • 2 1/2 cups (295g) cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Frosting

  • 1/4 cup (55g) margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups (165g) powdered sugar
  • approx 1/4 cup (60ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp butter extract

Instructions

Sugar Cookie

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C) and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with an electric hand mixer, cream together the margarine and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the egg, vanilla and butter extract. Mix on a high speed until everything is mixed evenly and the mixture is creamy and smooth.
  • Add the cake flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  • Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes to make it easier to roll the dough.
  • Scoop the dough using a #24 scoop (approx 3 tbsp of dough) and then roll into a ball until no cracks are seen in the dough and then gently flatten the ball so it looks like a hockey puck.
  • Arrange on your cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Bake at 350° F (180° C) for 9-11 minutes or until the cookies spread slightly and no l longer look wet in the center of the cookie. Remove from the oven before they start turning brown.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack. Wait until the cookies are completely cool to frost them.

Sugar Cookie Frosting

  • To make the frosting, use your stand mixer or electric hand mixer to cream the margarine until smooth.
  • Alternate adding in 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and then just a tiny splash of heavy cream, mixing until the powdered sugar is completely mixed in with the margarine.
  • Repeat this step until all of the powdered sugar has been added. Your frosting should stay thick throughout this process.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract and butter extract.
  • You can now slowly add more heavy cream to the mixture the thin the frosting to your desired consistency.
  • Use gel food coloring to dye the frosting your desired color.
  • Frost each of the cookies and immediately add sprinkles to the top.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

**DO NOT use imperial brand of margarine. It has a higher water percentage than most margarine sticks. I use the store brand (food club) which is 80% vegetable oil. I have also made these using all butter, while the texture is different, they are still delicious. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 836IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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18 Comments

  1. Hey Karli! These look amazing… I want to make them right now, but I don’t have margarine would shortening work? Thanks for all your amazing recipes.

    1. I would suggest trying half imperial and half butter- I haven’t tested it out, but I am *thinking* that might work.

      1. 5 stars
        Yes half butter and half imperial does work!!! But you do need to shape the cookies a bit – give them a little pat before baking. My first set came out shaped as they went in… tasted great but did not shape right.
        I also made my own cake flour 🤦🏼‍♀️ clearly I didn’t read the recipe ahead since I had Imperial and AP flour.
        Cake flour I did 2 1/2 cups of flour – took out 5 tablespoons and added 5 tablespoons of corn starch then sifted it.

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing! I love cookies, well my whole household does but I despise making them (bar cookies are my thing – no worrying about changing out cookie sheets – bake all at once). Anyways, we love our Lofthouse cookies, my granddaughter especially. This recipe is spot on! Soft, so delicious and lets not forget so easy to make. Only used 2 pans (put 8 on each sheet – I used a bigger scoop). Didn’t color the frosting and they were gone the same day. Thank you.

  3. Do Not use margarine in the frosting! It was watery and it look like it broke. Stick with butter. The margarine Made my batter watery too, but the cookies still turned out great!

    1. Hi Laena! Did you add heavy cream or milk to the frosting? My guess is that too much was added on accident. I am glad that the cookies still turned out great, though.

  4. I made these and the dough was pretty thin and sticky. (I used half margarine and half butter because my margarine was only 59% oil)
    I put my dough in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes then scooped out my dough. I did have to wet my fingers with a tiny bit of water to mash down my dough like hockey pucks without it sticking to my fingers!! Mine were done in about 9 minutes. These cookies were so amazing. Thank you Karli!!!! These were even better than the Lofthouse cookies😊

  5. 5 stars
    These are by far the best copycat I’ve found. The dough was super sticky for me so my margarine must have had a higher water content than recommended. Because of this I chilled the dough for 1-2 hours before baking and wet my fingers in cold water to help with shaping. The frosting was also but loose so I used my standard Wilton recipe (half butter/margarine, half crisco) instead but kept the same flavoring amount as listed in this recipe. If my house was cooler and I used a different brand of margarine I think it would have been a little easier but overall I think it’s an awesome recipe.

  6. Hi Karli, I’ve made this twice now. Once with butter and once with margarine(60% all that seems to be available in Australia). Both came out sticky and then spread when cooking. Any suggestions? Just add more flour? I would really love to be able to make loft house cookies at home as they don’t exist here!

  7. 5 stars
    SO GOOD! These are identical to the ones at the store. I have tried every recipe out there looking for the perfect copycat. This is it!! I realized I only had butter emulsion (instead of extract) but it turned out perfect.

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