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lofthouse cookies on white parchment paper. Bite taken out of one cookie

Original Lofthouse Cookie (Copycat Recipe)

Looking for a true copycat Lofthouse cookie recipe? Look no further! These cookies are super soft, cakey and perfectly sweet, just like the Lofthouse cookies you remember. No sourcream, the secret is in the cake flour!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie, sugar cookie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chilling 2 hours
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 405kcal


  • 804 piping tip and bag
  • Stand mixer with whisk and paddle attachment or hand mixer
  • Medium cookie scoop or spoon


Lofthouse Cookies

  • 6 ounces powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces margarine or butter
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter softened
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 13 ounces cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract or real extract is ok
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Buttercream Frosting

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter softened
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon electric pink food coloring Americolor brand
  • 2 Tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


For the Lofthouse Cookies

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment (or you can use a hand mixer) cream together the butter, margarine and powdered sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add in your vanilla, almond extract and egg and mix on medium until combined
  • Add in your baking soda, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar and cornstarch and mix until combined
  • Switch to the paddle attachment and mix in your cake flour just until combined. Do not overmix (or you can do this by hand)
  • Scoop your batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet with a medium-sized cookie scoop (or you can use a spoon)
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 2 hours (or up to 24 hours)
  • Roll the chilled dough into balls and then flatten with your fingers into cookies that are about 1/2" thick and 3" wide. Arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Preheat your oven to 375ºF
  • Bake your cookies for 8-9 minutes or just until the sheen disappears from the top of the cookie. Place onto a cooling rack to cool fully before frosting with buttercream and finishing with sprinkles
  • Store leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze

For the frosting

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer (or using a hand mixer) cream your butter until smooth using the whisk attachment
  • Start adding your powdered sugar while mixing on low until it's all incorporated.
  • Add in your vanilla, milk, salt, and food coloring and mix until smooth.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 725IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg