Lofthouse Grocery Store Cookies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….It’s COOKIE time!! I bet you thought I was going to say Christmas time! 🙂 I absolutely love cookies, as I’m sure you can tell as it’s the most frequent dessert that I post here. I just love how many variations you can make! So I especially love Christmas time because it gives me an excuse to bake a lot of cookies! I have put my favorite Christmas cookies on the sidebar so be sure and check that out for some Christmas baking ideas.

Now onto these Lofthouse grocery store cookies. You know the ones…the cakey ones with the seasonal colored frosting on them…they call to me everytime I walk past them. My first encounter with these was for our single girls Valentine’s Party in college, one bite & I was smitten. I have loved them ever since. I’ve actually had this recipe for a while but had forgotten about it until Jenna of Eat, Live, Run recently posted a similar recipe and jogged my memory. I knew I had to finally try them. These were fantastic! I do recommend letting them sit overnight or at least a few hours before serving so that the icing sets and all the flavor can set in. Adam doesn’t even like those cookies from the grocery store & I can’t keep him out of these! Great for any holiday because you can customize the colors or sprinkles to suit. Also, I made the entire recipe, but then froze half of the dough so I can bake those off & ice them during Christmas.

Lofthouse Grocery Store Sugar Cookies
Yields: 4 dozen cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups sour cream
5-6 cups flour (until desired consistency for rolling)


In a medium sized bowl, whisk together baking soda, baking powder & 5 cups flour, set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter & sugar until light & fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time, mix until incorporated. Mix in sour cream. Place mixer on low speed and add in flour mixture a little at a time, until all is fully incorporated. If dough does not seem the right consistency to roll, add a little more flour a 1/4 cup at a time, adding no more than 1 cup additionally. Dough will still be sticky. Divide dough into two balls and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Liberally flour your rolling area. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness, flouring generously. Dough will be very sticky. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out circles & place them on baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, until pale golden. Cool on wire rack. Once cool, frost & decorate. Allow frosting to set then store in an air tight container and allow cookies to sit for a few more hours before serving for the flavors to develop further.

For the Frosting

4 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup shortening
5 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract (use clear vanilla if you are leaving frosting white)
food coloring (optional)


In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the confectioner’s sugar & shortening. Gradually add in the milk until incorporated. Mix in vanilla. Beat until smooth & creamy, approximately 5 minutes. Add food coloring if desired.

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  1. Oh my gosh, I don't usually buy store cookies, but I will buy the Lofthouse cookies! I can't wait to make these. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. I made these a while ago too! They're very good(: The only thing I did differently than you was make a more thicker frosting.

  3. haha these cute ares dangerous, the ones with the pink frosting will call my name 😉

  4. Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) says:

    They look just like the grocery store ones! I bet they taste even better homemade!

  5. I haven't had the Lofthouse ones before, but sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles are very favorite kind of cookie so these are right up my alley – yum and yay for cookie time!

  6. I've heard so much about these cookies and how they're the best around. Thanks for sharing the recipe. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter.

  7. A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    Yum, those Lofthouse cookies are the best! Back in college when my metabolism could handle it I could plow through a container of those in a couple days. I love the festive colors!

    – Maggie

  8. I am SO excited you posted the recipe for these! My husband has been asking for years for me to figure out how to make them, and now I can!

  9. Hi,

    I like this sour cream cookie. I am going to make it next week. It really make me feel exited! My kids don't like white icing. I am going decorate the cookie with
    cartoon character cookie stamp

    Thanks for sharing all these with us

  10. I found this recipe on another blog – and I just wanted to THANK YOU. I made these for my friend’s birthday last night, and they are amazing. I added rainbow sprinkles to the dough for a funfetti look, and more on top of the icing – everything about this cookie is a WOW. Thank you!