lofthouse sugar cookies

Make Lofthouse sugar cookies from your own kitchen! Here’s the copycat recipe…

Now you can make your own Lofthouse sugar cookies.

It’s one of the most classic cookies of all time. Thick, velvety frosting, topped with a load of sprinkles! While you can still grab a box from the store at your convenience, the legendary Lofthouse sugar cookies are even better homemade.

Self-proclaimed cookie monster Karli Bitner shares her copycat recipe.

Find more recipes from Karli on her Instagram, @cookingwithkarli, or on her website, Find the full recipe here.


Copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookies


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


Sugar Cookie

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C) and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with an electric hand mixer, cream together the margarine and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla and butter extract. Mix on a high speed until everything is mixed evenly and the mixture is creamy and smooth.
  4. Add the cake flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  5. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes to make it easier to roll the dough.
  6. 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.
  7. Arrange on your cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining dough.
  8. 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.
  9. 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

  1. To make the frosting, use your stand mixer or electric hand mixer to cream the margarine until smooth.
  2. 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.
  3. Repeat this step until all of the powdered sugar has been added. Your frosting should stay thick throughout this process.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract and butter extract.
  5. You can now slowly add more heavy cream to the mixture the thin the frosting to your desired consistency.
  6. 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.

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