Best Copycat Christmas Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Our copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Recipe is a Christmas miracle in the form of a cookie!

We are excited to share this delightful recipe as the holiday season approaches. With their soft texture and creamy frosting, these cookies are just what you need to spread festive cheer!

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Copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Recipe

There’s something magical about homemade cookies during the holidays, isn’t there? From Gingerbread Cookies to Holiday Spice Cookies to Chocolate Chip Cookies, there is always something for everyone.

Sugar cookies are another classic to make at this time of year, and the copycat recipe we are sharing here captures the soft, pillowy texture of the original Lofthouse cookies.

Brightly colored homemade frosting is slathered over the cookies, followed by a flurry of Christmas sprinkles!

Imagine enjoying these cookies by a cozy fireplace, with a cup of Hot Cocoa, or serving them at your festive holiday parties with a glass of Mulled Wine or Mulled Apple Cider.

These cookies are not just a treat; they’re a way to create memories during the holiday season! Why not host a Cookie Decorating Party with a batch of homemade Lofthouse cookies ready to be decorated with sweet frosting?

They’re also fantastic as a homemade gift, wrapped in a pretty box with a bow. Who wouldn’t love to receive a box of Lofthouse cookies made from the heart?

What Are Lofthouse Cookies?

Lofthouse cookies are a famous frosted soft cookie typically found in a grocery store bakery. They are known for their cake-like texture and sweet, creamy frosting, often topped with colorful sprinkles.

Lofthouse cookies are commonly associated with holidays and special occasions due to their festive appearance and delightful taste. They come in various flavors and colors, making them a favorite for celebrations and gatherings.

Lofthouse cookies seem to have a love/hate relationship with people, but we love them and buy them whenever we are in the USA! But now, with this recipe for copycat Lofthouse sugar cookies, we can always have them!

A red platter covered in red, white, and green sprinkles, and topped with homemade Lofthouse-style cookies, frosted with either red or green frosting and covered with more sprinkles.

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

There are several different copycat Lofthouse cookies recipes out there, using different ingredients to recreate the texture of the famous cookies. Some recipes use sour cream, cake flour, cream cheese, and baking soda. Our recipe is a little different but still yields tender cookies that hit the spot!

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Copycat Lofthouse Cookie Ingredients

The complete list of ingredients with measurements is on the recipe card at the end of this post.


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Equipment Needed For This Recipe

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How To Make Homemade Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

The printable recipe card with the ingredients list and instructions can be found at the end of this post.

Number of Servings: 12 Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes

Step 1 – Preheat and Prep: Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas 4. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Step 2 – Wet Ingredients: Use an electric handheld or stand mixer to cream butter, oil, sugar, and powdered sugar until well combined. Beat in the large egg, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and almond extract (if using).

Step 3 – Dry Ingredients: Sift or whisk together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder into a medium bowl.

Step 4 – Combine Wet and& Dry Ingredients: Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and continue beating until a dough forms.

Step 5 – Make Dough Balls: Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop 12 portions of dough and roll into balls.

TIP! To create equal-sized cookies, use a kitchen food scale to weigh each piece of dough to 2.2oz/62g.

Step 6 – Form the Cookies: Place the cookie dough balls onto the prepared cookie sheets, about 2″/5cm apart, pressing each into a thick disk using your hand or the bottom of a glass.

Step 7 – Bake the Cookies: Place the cookies into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. The cookies should be set around the edges. Do not overcook! Leave the cookies to cool for five minutes on the baking sheet before using a spatula to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Step 8 – Make the Frosting: Use an electric handheld or stand mixer to beat the butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract until creamy and smooth. Transfer half of the frosting into a separate bowl.

Step 9 – Color the Frosting: Add red food coloring to one of the bowls of frosting and mix well to combine. Add green food coloring to the other bowl of frosting and mix well to combine.

TIP! You can always add more food coloring, but not take it away! Add a little at first and add more to reach your desired shade.

Step 10 – Frost the Cookies: When the cookies have cooled completely, use a medium cookie scoop to scoop red or green frosting on top of each cookie. Spread the frosting out with an angled spatula, or turn the cookie upside down and press down onto a piece of parchment paper to become a flat disk.

Step 11 – Add Sprinkles: Add a generous pinch of Christmas sprinkles to the top of each frosted cookie. Serve and enjoy!

We hope you enjoy creating these delightful Lofthouse Sugar Cookies!

They’re not just a copycat of the iconic grocery store cookies; they’re a homemade version that brings the warmth and joy of the holiday season into your kitchen. Happy baking!

A red platter covered in red, white, and green sprinkles, and topped with homemade Lofthouse-style cookies, frosted with either red or green frosting and covered with more sprinkles.

Recipe Tips

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure your butter and eggs are at room temperature for a smoother dough.
  • Even Baking: Use a cookie scoop and weigh your dough balls for uniform cookies.
  • Frosting Tips: When making your frosting, start your mixer on low speed to incorporate the powdered sugar and butter before switching to a medium-high speed to whip to the correct consistency.
  • Decorating Fun: Get creative with festive sprinkles for a fun holiday activity with kids.
  • Year-Round Cookies: Switch up the colors and sprinkles to celebrate throughout the year – pink frosting and red hearts are perfect for Valentine’s Day, green frosting and rainbow sprinkles are ideal for St. Patrick’s Day, and for the fall season, use orange frosting with leaf-shaped sprinkles!
A red platter covered in red, white, and green sprinkles, and topped with homemade Lofthouse-style cookies, frosted with either red or green frosting and covered with more sprinkles.

Storing Leftovers & Freezing

  • Storing Leftovers:
    • Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain freshness.
  • Freezing Instructions:
    • Lay cooled, unfrosted cookies in a single layer onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for 1-2 hours to flash freeze.
    • Wrap the cookies in plastic wrap and foil, or transfer the cookies to an airtight, freezer-safe container, with a piece of parchment between each one.
    • Alternatively, lay flat inside a freezer-safe food bag, squeezing out excess air. You can then stack the bags in your freezer.
    • Label with the dish’s name, thawing/reheating instructions, and the date to keep track of your food storage.
    • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • Thaw cookies at room temperature for a couple of hours. You can then add frosting and sprinkles as desired.
  • With all leftovers, ensure the food looks and smells okay before consuming.
  • You can always consult the Food Standards Agency in your country for the most up-to-date advice on storing and freezing foods: Food Standards Agency (UK) | Food Safety (USA).

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A red platter covered in red, white, and green sprinkles, and topped with homemade Lofthouse-style cookies, frosted with either red or green frosting and covered with more sprinkles.

Christmas Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Recipe

Michelle Ordever
Elevate your holiday treats with this Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Recipe. Perfect for Christmas, these cookies boast a delightful softness and are topped with creamy frosting.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Baking
Cuisine Christmas
Servings 12
Calories 508 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar icing sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp heavy whipping cream double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp almond extract optiona
  • 2⅓ cup all-purpose flour plain flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch cornflour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking powder

For the Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar icing sugar
  • 4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream double cream
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring gel
  • Green food coloring gel
  • Christmas sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas 4. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Use an electric handheld or stand mixer to cream butter, oil, sugar, and powdered sugar until well combined. Beat in the large egg, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and almond extract (if using).
  • Sift or whisk the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder into a medium bowl.
  • Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and continue beating until a dough forms.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop 12 portions of dough and roll into balls. To create equal-sized cookies, use a kitchen food scale to weigh each piece of dough to 2.2oz/62g.
  • Place the cookie dough balls onto the prepared cookie sheets, about 2"/5cm apart, pressing each one into a thick disk.
  • Place the cookies into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. The cookies should be set around the edges. Do not overcook! Leave the cookies to cool for five minutes on the baking sheet before using a spatula to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  • Use an electric handheld or stand mixer to beat the butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract until creamy and smooth. Transfer half of the frosting into a separate bowl.
  • Add red food coloring to one of the bowls of frosting and mix well to combine. Add green food coloring to the other bowl of frosting and mix well to combine. TIP! You can always add more food coloring, but not take it away! Add a little at first and add more to reach your desired shade.
  • When the cookies have cooled completely, use a medium cookie scoop to scoop red or green frosting on top of each cookie. Spread the frosting out with an angled spatula, or turn the cookie upside down and press down onto a piece of parchment paper to become a flat disk.
  • Add a generous pinch of Christmas sprinkles to the top of each frosted cookie. Serve and enjoy!

    A red platter covered in red, white, and green sprinkles, and topped with homemade Lofthouse-style cookies, frosted with either red or green frosting and covered with more sprinkles.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 256mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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