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Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

Lofthouse Sugar Cookies are thick and soft and covered with frosting. If that doesn’t get your attention, I’m not sure what will!

Lofthouse Frosted Sugar Cookies

Lofthouse  Sugar cookies are those neon colored sugar cookies that always catch your attention in the bakery section of the grocery. The cookies are pale in color so the sprinkles and bright colors decorating them really stand out. Zoe just adores them and I’m not sure if it’s because of their taste or because they are awfully dang cute. I’ve been on a mission to find the best sugar cookie, because I’ll be baking lots of cookies for my brother who is getting married in May.

These Swig style sugar cookies with icing are pretty tasty. Though I’m not sure if I’ve settled on these, I am quite sure I should be sharing them with you. They are the first to get grabbed from the cookie plate and I have no doubt those grabbing are frosting lovers. If you are anything like me you probably realize that cake is there to hold the frosting. Well, it works the same with these giant sugary cookies. The frosting isn’t just there for looks. It’s there because it tastes good.

Swig or lofthouse sugar cookies? I’m not sure of the difference but apparently there is a bakery somewhere in Utah that made the Swig sugar cookies famous. I haven’t ever been there, but I have tried the Lofthouse cookies in the store once. Just once. And I say that to let you know that they  were memorable, which is what inspired me to try baking up my own. This Lofthouse sugar cookie recipe with amazing buttercream frosting is perfect in so many ways.

So what makes this big, soft, frosted, Lofthouse sugar cookie so good?

For starters they are easy to make and there is no need to chill the batter. In other words, no waiting!

Number 2…they travel well. I packed some of these up and carried them on the plane to Texas and they arrived in ideal condition. No breakage at all.

Number 3. I froze some before I left that had been covered with frosting and trust me, they defrosted perfectly and still tasted amazing!

Number 4. Like I said, these just disappear. That should tell you something.

Just one other thing to tell you. Though I loved the size of these cookies the next time around I will make them smaller. This is one big monster of a cookie. Not that that’s a bad thing. But I think if these were on a cookie platter one might grab two cookies and then find they can’t eat everything they wanted to taste. They are filling. And sugary. And topped with an amazing buttercream frosting. They are simple in their own luxurious way which makes them desirable for so many occasions.

Lofthouse Iced Sugar Cookies

Lofthouse iced sugar cookies are not meant to be rolled out. They are meant to be rolled in balls and then flattened with a glass covered with sugar. After that they are baked and then decorated however you prefer. I would not skip the frosting. The cookies are mighty fine on their own but the frosting sends me to Cloud 9. Nope, this isn’t the cookie for you if you are not a frosting lover. Believe me when I say this. I do not take frosting lightly!

If you feel like doing some baking this weekend these are a great make ahead cookie for any holiday. You can freeze them unfrosted or frosted. Running short for time? Frost them when they come out of the freezer. Tint the frosting your favorite color. Need sprinkles? I often find some fun varieties at TJ Maxx. Wish I had some kids to make these, with but even without I still had a good time.

And yes, I realize this is the second sugar cookie recipe I’ve posted in two months. But hey! I’m on a mission and I don’t want to screw up. When the brother asks for cookies I have to get it right!

Lofthouse Iced Sugar Cookies

If you love frosting like I do, you may want to check out a few more frosted cookies from my friends. Tricia at Saving Room for Dessert makes these old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies.

Butter Almond Meltaways from Back for Seconds seem pretty incredible, too.  And my friend Holly from A Baker’s House makes amazing decorated cookies that explain all the how to’s! Check out these master’s golfer cookies. After all it is the season!

And a few more:

Strawberry Crumble Bars

Strawberry Crumble Bars - With a buttery, crisp crust, a delectable fr esh fruit filling, and a crumble of nut filled dough, these red ruby bars are truly phenomenal. Oh, I didn't mention the simple glaze that one drizzles over the top. Yum. Total Yum. Manservant told me to wrap them up and get them out of the house. Not much better compliment, than that, huh? #cookies #bars #strawberrydesserts


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Lofthouse Iced Sugar Cookies Recipe


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Lofthouse Iced Sugar Cookie Recipe

Lofthouse Iced Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes plus Frosting time
  • Cook Time: 11 Minutes per sheet
  • Total Time: 60 Minutes
  • Yield: 40-50 Cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Lofthouse Sugar Cookies are thick and soft and covered with frosting. If that doesn’t get your attention, I’m not sure what will!



1 c butter softened

3/4 c neutral flavored oil, like canola

1 1/4 c sugar

3/4 c powdered sugar

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 t cream of tartar

1/2 t salt

2 T sour cream

2 large eggs

1 t vanilla

5 1/2 c unbleached all purpose flour (Make sure to fluff it up before you spoon it into a measuring cup. If it’s too packed, your cookies will turn out overly dense.)

Sugar for pressing on the cookies


3/4 c softened butter

2 T sour cream

1 t vanilla

6 c powdered sugar

12 T cream or milk and may be more to achieve frosting consistency


Preheat oven to 350 and line several half sheet pans or cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add butter, oil, sugar and powdered sugar. Sprinkle baking soda, cream of tartar and salt across the top. (You don’t want this all in one spot!) Mix until well combined and super creamy, about 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. (I often cover my mixer with a towel so the sugar or flour doesn’t send up dust.)

Add sour cream, eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined for about 1-2 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

Add the flour and mix until mixture is evenly mixed and flour is distributed equally.

Scoop the dough into large rounded tablespoons and roll into balls. Place several inches apart on prepared baking sheets. (I usually do 5 rows of cookie dough distributed with 4 cookies in row 1, two cookies in row two, then 4, then two, then four so I can get 16 to 18 cookies on a cookie sheet.)

Place several inches apart. Place about 1.2 c of sugar in a bowl. Spray the bottom of a flat bottomed glass with cooking spray and dip into sugar. Press each cookie into an even thickness about 1/4 to a 1/2″ thick. Do this with each cookie, but no need to spray the glass each time.

Bake the cookies for 10 – 12 minutes or until just set. Do not let them get too golden on the edges or the bottom unless you like a dry and crumbly cookie. I prefer mine creamy and soft so I only baked them about 11 minutes.

Let them cool a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Make the frosting while these are baking. Rinse out the bowl of the mixmaster and combine butter, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix until thick and smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and milk or cream and mix until well combined and creamy, adding more milk as needed. (Just add small spoonfuls at  time.)

Frost the cooled cookies and sprinkle as desired!


Thanks Mel’s Kitchen Cafe!

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Monday 29th of April 2019

Really pretty cookies! I’m sure they will be perfect for a wedding party.

best... mae at


Wednesday 17th of April 2019

Love those sprinkles and your cookies look worthy of a party! So cute!!

Karen (Back Road Journal)

Tuesday 16th of April 2019

I've not heard of either name for this cookie but they sure are cute. If they are half as good as they look then they are terrific.


Monday 15th of April 2019

Oh Abbe, these cookies are so so cute...I love how you decorated them...and like the idea that it can be made ahead and stored in the freezer...thanks for the recipe. Have a fabulous week!


Sunday 14th of April 2019

I've always heard great things about Loft House cookies and yours look beautiful! I'll take a dozen please!