Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Have you ever had a Lofthouse sugar cookie? They are a soft and cakey sugar cookie with a generous layer of frosting on top, along with sprinkles.

You can find them in many grocery store bakeries, packed neatly in plastic clamshells and decorated in the colors of whatever holiday is up next. I have a soft spot for the palm-sized, pink-frosted, rainbow-sprinkled variety of my youth that my friends and I would find individually wrapped from the convenience store.

HOW TO MAKE LOFTHOUSE SUGAR COOKIES

I set out to recreate those specific Lofthouse-style cookies at home. They begin with a rich sour cream sugar cookie dough. The sour cream in the dough contributes to making these cookies incredibly soft, and it also adds a subtle tangy flavor that offsets the sweetness.

The dough itself is very soft, almost like between a batter and a dough, and that also helps result in a very soft cookie. Chilling the dough before rolling it out and then keeping it cold between baking batches is a key component for making these cookies, but well worth the effort.

THE BEST SUGAR COOKIE FROSTING

The frosting is a classic fluffy American buttercream flavored with vanilla extract, and it’s a great counterpart for the cakey, not-too-sweet cookie.

Once the frosting dries, it develops a thin crust, which makes the cookies easier to stack and store between layers of parchment.

And one final tip: Dissolving the food coloring into milk beforehand helps keep the color vibrant, but you can certainly just add it to the frosting right in the mixing bowl, too.

BETTER THE NEXT DAY!

These cookies are great the day they’re made, but seem to get even better the day after baking and frosting. The flavors meld and the vanilla comes out more, while the texture gets a little more compact and sturdy — though still very soft!

MORE COOKIE RECIPES TO TRY!

  • Brookies (Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies)
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Soft and Chewy Lemon Cookies
  • Browned Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 3 3/4 cups (510g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (227g) sour cream

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups (455g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring, for coloring the frosting
  • Sprinkles for decorating

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