I have a guilty, quietly fervent love for these things, but I do think that their mass-made nature comes through in a chalky aftertaste. I would much rather find a way to make them myself, and these ten recipes all promise to help.
Here are five classic options for the cakey cookie and icing, with some minor variations on the recipe. One uses yogurt, another sour cream, and there's a mix of approaches on the shortening vs. butter question. The one thing they all have in agreement: sprinkles are essential.
I haven't tried any of these yet, but when I go on the hunt for the perfect soft and cakey sugar cookie, you'll be the first to know which one works best.
The Classic Cookie
Let's see if we can nail this down, shall we?
- Perfect Frosted Sugar Cookies - A very promising recipe from Jaclyn at Cooking Classy. The cookies are made with a blend of shortening and butter.
- Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies - An all-butter recipe from Brown Eyed Baker.
- Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies - Cookies with a serious dose of vanilla at Beantown Baker.
- Lofthouse Style Soft Sugar Cookies - Two Peas and Their Pod put sour cream in their Lofthouse knock-offs...
- Big Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies made with Greek Yogurt - ...and Alaska from Scratch uses Greek yogurt. (Yum!)
Mix It Up
The classic but with a twist.
- Lofthouse Style Soft Peanut Butter Chip Sugar Cookies with Peanut Butter Frosting - Or peanut butter?
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Lofthouse Cookie Stacks - Or, you know, both?
- Soft Batch Frosted Pumpkin Cookies - Pumpkin works.
- Lemon Sugar Cookies with Lemon Buttercream Frosting - Or just go with the classic lemon. It can't be beat.
Are you with me on the Lofthouse love? And do you have a recipe that beats that store-bought cookie all hollow?