Lofthouse Cookies


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cake flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Prepare 2 baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.

Step 2: In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the sugar, butter, and sour cream until light and fluffy.

Step 3: Add the egg and vanilla extract.  Mix until combined.

Step 4: In a large bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Step 5: Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.

Step 6: Scoop 2 heaping tablespoons of the cookie dough and drop onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie.  Lightly dust your fingers with cake flour and gently shape the dough into a 2-inch circle.  Dip the bottom of a glass into some of the cake flour and gently press the dough to evenly flatten the top of each cookie.

Step 7: Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until they are just set and have just started to lightly brown on the bottom, 15 to 17 minutes.  Do not overbake.  Allow the cookies to sit on the baking sheets for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 8: When ready to serve, prepare the frosting.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter, heavy cream (begin with 1 tablespoon and add additional cream as necessary), vanilla, and a few drops of your choice of food coloring.  Mix until light and fluffy, and the desired texture and color have been achieved.

Step 9: Frost the tops of the cookies with the frosting, leaving a little space to show the edges of the cookie.  Garnish with sprinkles.

Step 10: For storage, store in a single layer inside an airtight container.

Enjoy these bakery-quality Lofthouse cookies from TheSpruceEats!