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
Brightly colored homemade frosting is slathered over the cookies, followed by a flurry of Christmas sprinkles!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
Copycat Lofthouse Cookie Ingredients
- Chilled & Dairy – Heavy Whipping Cream (Double Cream), Large Eggs, Unsalted Butter
- Pantry – Salt, Canola Oil – or other vegetable oil such as rapeseed or sunflower.
- White Sugar
- Powdered Sugar – also known as Icing Sugar or Confectioners Sugar.
- All-Purpose Flour – also known as Plain Flour.
- Corn Starch – also known as Cornflour.
- Baking Powder
- Pure Vanilla Extract – always buy good vanilla; it makes a flavor difference.
- Almond Extract – an additional, optional flavoring.
- Red Food Coloring Gel
- Green Food Coloring Gel
- Christmas Sprinkles – use any type of sprinkles you like.
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
- Baking/Cookie Sheet – you will need 2 cookie sheets
- Parchment Paper – also known as baking paper or greaseproof paper.
- Electric Mixer – either a standing or hand mixer.
- Fine Mesh Sieve – or Sifter to sift the dry ingredients. You can also use a whisk.
- Wire Cooling Rack – always ensure your baked cookies are completely cool before decorating.
- Mixing Bowls
- Rubber/Silicone Spatula – or you could use a Wooden Spoon.
- Kitchen Food Scales – this is an option extra to weigh out portions of cookie dough, ensuring evenly sized cookies.
- Medium Cookie Scoop – this helps to scoop even amounts of dough if you are not using scales.
- Rubber/Silicone Spatula
- Small Angled Spatula – for spreading the frosting onto the cookies.
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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!
- 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!
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).
Printable Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Recipe Card
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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
- 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!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 508Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 256mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 4g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. 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.
Dinner Party Menu Suggestions
You’ve made the Dessert, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to create a menu for a dinner party or special meal:
- Appetizer: 5-Ingredient Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese
- Soup: 30-Minute Instant Pot Tomato Soup
- Salad: Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze
- Main Dish: Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Creamy Mushroom Sauce
- Side Dish: Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Red Potatoes
- Beverage: White Wine Sangria with Mixed Berries and Mint
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You’ll find all of our Cookie Recipes here.
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