These cookies sure have made the blog rounds lately. I keep seeing them referred to as Lofthouse cookies and each time the blogger would profess their love of these so-called Lofthouse cookies. And I had zero clue what a Lofthouse cookie was. I thought maybe I was missing out on a bakery or a restaurant or something. Then one day I was wondering around our grocery store’s bakery – because that’s the kind of thing I do – and stopped in front of the soft cookies, thinking about how I hadn’t had them since my college days, and DUH, Lofthouse is the brand that makes the dang things!

I always loved those cookies – they have a dough taste to them that I’ve never found before in another cookie and well, who doesn’t love cookie dough?! This recipe produces cookies that are dead ringers for those grocery store cookies. I mean exact. I could’ve easily eaten my weight in these guys.

Soft-Frosted Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

For the cookies:
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
5 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the frosting:
5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
7-8 tablespoons milk (plus more, as needed)
Food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt, and whisk together to blend. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed. Blend in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients mixing just until incorporated and evenly mixed. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.
  2. When you are ready to bake the cookies, scoop a scant quarter cup of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the cookies at least 2-3 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes or just until set. (Do not overbake! The edges should be no more than very lightly browned if at all.) Let cool on the baking sheet for several minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. To frost the cookies, place the powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter, vanilla, and milk to the bowl and whisk until smooth. Whisk in additional milk as necessary, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Use an offset spatula or spoon to frost the cooled cookies. (If the frosting begins to thicken as you decorate, just continue to whisk in small amounts of milk to keep it workable.) Top with sprinkles if desired. Store in an airtight container.
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