The soft frosted sugar cookies from the grocery store are delicious, but you know how they are a little fake tasting? Well, these don’t have that element. They are soft and full of buttery rich, vanilla flavor. 

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One of my readers, Eboni B. said after making this recipe: 

Literally the best sugar cookies I’ve ever made! Thanks so much for the recipe. Making them again right now for the second night in a row.”

Another reader, Heather H. said

I rolled these out and cut them, and decorated with royal icing with sprinkles and they turned out amazing. They were for a fall wedding and the bride STILL talks about these.”

Homemade Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies

Today I have a homemade version of those soft frosted sugar cookies from Lofthouse that you can get at grocery stores. This recipe isn’t exactly a copycat because these are better! 

Yup, you heard me, better!

I just made these sugar cookies with my little one helping me, and she had a blast decorating the cookies with icing, and they were just oh so soft and chewy. Mmmm, I might need to sneak another one right now!

Why you’ll love making this Recipe for Sugar Cookies:

  • They are easy to make. This recipe is simple and straightforward. You can make the cookies with ingredients that are already in your kitchen.
  • They’re versatile. You can decorate the cookies with your favorite frosting flavor, color, and sprinkles.
  • They are a fun activity to do with kids. Grab the kids. They’ll love making sweet memories with you in the kitchen.
Round sugar cookie with pink frosting and rainbow sprinkles.

Frosted Cookies Ingredients and Cost

Per Serving Cost: $0.38

Recipe Cost: $9.02

  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour – $0.86
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder – $0.60
  • ¾ teaspoon table salt – $0.01
  • 1 ½ cups butter – $2.40
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar – $0.35
  • 3 large eggs – $0.30
  • 1 Tablespoon + 5 teaspoons vanilla extract – $2.47
  • 5 cups powdered sugar – $1.45
  • ⅓ cup butter – $0.50
  • 7-8 Tablespoons milk – $0.08

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. 

 

  • mixing bowls
  • stand mixer
  • baking sheet with a wire rack
  • silicone baking mat
  • large cookie scoop
  • flour sifter
  • offset spatula
  • pink food coloring
  • rainbow sprinkles  
Child frosting sugar cookies and decorating them.

How to make Sugar Cookies with Icing

  1. First, make the cookies by mixing the dry ingredients and set aside. Next, beat the butter and sugar together until soft. Then, beat in eggs one at a time and then add in the vanilla.
  2. Next, add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Then cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Then, preheat the oven to 350 ̊ F and prepare the cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
  4. The next step is to scoop three tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Place on prepared cookie sheets and flatten the ball slightly with your palm. Repeat until dough is gone. Finally, bake the cookies for about 10 minutes and then cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Now you can make the frosting by first, mixing the powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and milk together. Mix until smooth, adding in additional milk as needed. To finish, mix in the food coloring of your choice.
  6. Spread frosting onto the sugar cookies and add any desired sprinkles.

How do you Make Copycat Lofthouse Cookies - Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies before and after baking.
  • After rolling the dough in a ball, compress the dough slightly with the palm of your hand to flatten the dough just before baking.
  • Space the dough balls 2-3 inches apart on your baking sheet because they’ll spread!
  • I like to scoop the cookie dough using my 3-tablespoon scoop. Using the scoop makes the sugar cookies uniform in size. Plus, it helps ensure that you get 24 cookies from this recipe!
  • This recipe makes 24 huge cookies. You can halve the recipe if that suits your needs better.
  • You can change the frosting and sprinkle colors to match any holiday or party theme to make these year round.

Serving Ideas for these Soft Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie recipe is the best because the cookie is soft and so versatile. You can tailor the frosting and sprinkles for any holiday, party, occasion, etc. 

Think purple frosting with orange and black sprinkles for Halloween. Red frosting with green and white sprinkles for Christmas. For Valentine’s Day, you can do pink frosting with red and white sprinkles. Catch my drift here? The options are endless! 

How to store Sugar Cookies with Icing

SERVE: You can keep these out for about 6 hours before they need to be properly stored to keep them from getting stale.

STORE: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 4-5 days. Place pieces of parchment or wax paper between layers of cookies to keep them from sticking together.

FREEZE: Place the cookies on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze until frozen soil, about 1 hour. Once they’re frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer-safe container. Place pieces of parchment or wax paper between layers of cookies to keep them from sticking together. Frozen this way, they will keep for 2-3 months.

THAW: Thaw at room temperature for 2-3 hours.

Sugar Cookie on a wire cooling rack.
How do you keep frosted sugar cookies soft?

Air is the main culprit for making soft sugar cookies go hard. It is best to store the cookies in an airtight container to avoid this. 
You can also try adding a piece of bread in with the cookies. The idea is that the bread will absorb the air, therefore, causing the cookies to stay soft and fresh tasting. 

How do you store frosted sugar cookies?

To help keep these sugar cookies soft, you should always store them in an airtight container. Because they are frosted sugar cookies, the best way to store them is to set the cookies right side up next to each other in your container. 
After you have one layer ready, place a piece of wax paper over the cookies, and then repeat the process until you have all of your cookies inside the container.  

How do you pack frosted cookies?

To pack these soft sugar cookies, you will want to wait until they are completely cool. This method will help keep the cookies from sticking together. 
One tip if you are using a cardboard box is to first line it with foil or plastic wrap. This method will help keep the cookies fresh. Then follow the steps above for storing the cookies to layer the cookies within the container.

Do sprinkles go on cookies before or after baking?

You can change up the recipe and add sprinkles into the mixture before baking. Doing this will change the taste of the soft sugar cookies slightly. Otherwise, you can add the sprinkles on top after frosting them to add a colorful touch. 

Frosted Cookies on a blue plate.
Overhead picture of frosted cookies.
4.97 from 28 votes

Soft Sugar Cookies with Icing

Recipe Cost $ $9.02
Serving Cost $ $0.38
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes
24 large cookies
These Copycat Lofthouse Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies are soft, buttery, and addictive. They've gotten rave reviews, and they're SO much better than the original!

Equipment

  • mixing bowls
  • stand mixer
  • baking sheet with a wire rack
  • Silicone baking mat
  • large cookie scoop
  • flour sifter
  • offset spatula

Ingredients
 
 

FOR THE COOKIES:

FOR THE FROSTING:

Instructions

MAKE THE COOKIES:

  • In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, and salt, and whisk together to combine.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, add butter and sugar and beat together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed. Add vanilla and mix until just combined.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined and no flour pockets remain.
  • Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  • Move the oven rack to the middle position, and preheat to 350˚ F.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set them aside.
  • Scoop 3 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Place on prepared cookie sheets and flatten ball slightly with the palm of the hand. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing cookies at least 2-3 inches apart.
  • Bake one cookie sheet at a time and bake about 10-12 minutes or just until set, and do not overbake! The edges of the cookies will be lightly browned.
  • Cool cookies on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

MAKE THE FROSTING:

  • Add powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and milk in a medium bowl.
  • Whisk until smooth, whisk in additional milk as necessary, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  • Color with pink food coloring if desired.

TO FINISH:

  • Frost cookies by adding a dollop of frosting to the center of the cookie, and use offset spatula or spoon to smooth out to edges.
  • If frosting begins to thicken as you decorate, continue to whisk in very small amounts of milk to keep it workable.
  • Top with sprinkles if desired.

STORE THE COOKIES:

  • Let frosting set for 2 hours before storing.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 4-5 days.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

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92 Comments

  1. Agness of Run Agness Run says:

    This is a truly appetizing kind of treat, Jillian! I can’t wait to give them a try!

  2. these cookies are so good!

    1. So glad you liked them! 🙂

    2. Can’t wait to make these! Salted or unsalted butter?

  3. Heather H says:

    I added a tsp of almond extract. Then, I rolled these out and cut them, and decorated with royal icing with sprinkles and they turned out amazing. They were for a fall wedding and the bride STILL talks about these. I’m going to do that for Christmas cookies too!

    1. Yum, almond extract would be amazing in these cookies. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. I made these they turned out great love your recipe!

    1. I’m so glad! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Bake at 350 or 400? Couldn’t find the temp on recipie, did I miss it?

    1. Bake at 350. The oven temperature is in step 3 of the directions when you preheat the oven.

  6. Can you freeze the dough? Does it freeze well?

    1. Yes, you can freeze the dough. I like to scoop the cookie dough out onto a baking sheet covered with plastic wrap, and pop it into the freezer until the dough is solid. Then, move the frozen cookie dough into a Ziploc bag.

  7. Kristi Strelow says:

    The nutrition label is way off! I entered the ingredients online and based on this making 24 cookies, they have about a third of the calories your label says they do!

    1. Thanks for letting me know, I just recalculated the nutrition info and updated it in the recipe.

  8. Thank you for the recipe, Jillian! My family loves big soft, not too sweet cookies. They voted these as the best. Easy to make and even easier to eat.

    1. Suzanne, I’m so glad you and your family loved this recipe!

  9. Chris Gupton says:

    Made these for Christmas following the recipe and they were FABULOUS. This is definitely our new go-to whenever we need to make sugar cookies.

    1. Chris,
      I am so glad that you loved this recipe. It’s one of my family’s favorites!

  10. Sarah Capps says:

    These turned out perfect! Made exactly as directed, got 24, and they taste amazing!

    1. Sarah, I’m so glad you loved the recipe. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know! 🙂

  11. Jas @ All that's Jas says:

    Soft cookies are the best! Add frosting and sprinkles and I’ll unleash my inner 5-year-old, lol. YUM

  12. These are adorable! I’ve been looking for a recipe like this, thanks for sharing!

  13. These are so good. They will be so perfect for Christmas with white, green, and red sprinkles!

  14. wilhelmina says:

    They really are even better than the original! Perfectly soft and the frosting is SO good!

  15. Better than lofthouse?? I’m already in love! Plus, I love that pretty bright pink frosting and the sprinkles!

  16. Nellie Tracy says:

    LOVE THESE COOKIES! I am a huge fan of Lofthouse cookies, but these are just as good!!

  17. Laura | Wandercooks says:

    Soft cookies are the bomb, and these babies were so tasty! No need to worry about storing them, they did NOT last with me around hahaha. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  18. My favorite cookie for every party I go to. Everyone loves them! I change up the frosting for fun.

  19. Are you able to use a cookie cutter with this recipe? I made these before and loved them! I want to start a tradition of making sugar cookies cut out into holiday shapes with my little one.

  20. Dana Sandonato says:

    These are so easy and so so tasty! I made a few without icing and even those were good. Haha.