Favorite Soft Sugar Cookies

My Favorite Soft Sugar Cookies are like the Lofthouse Cookies

These are my kid’s FAVORITE Soft Sugar Cookies. They are a copycat Lofthouse Cookie recipe, but BETTER! These soft sugar cookies are buttery and soft with the perfect crumb and vanilla flavor, all topped with creamy frosting!

I know you love those supermarket cookies with the pretty swirl of frosting and the colorful sprinkles. And I MAY have fallen victim to temptation on more than one occasion where I polished off a few on the way home from the store, getting sprinkles all over my car as evidence.

You know I am a HUGE sugar cookie gal…I have perfected Easy Sugar Cookies when you want cut-out cookies…I have a totally unique Pressed Sugar Cookie…and of course we can’t forget about the Soft Amish Sugar Cookie (SO GOOD!). But these Soft Sugar Cookies are really the best when you want a dupe for those Lofthouse Sugar cookies…and they are so so sooo much better!

My Favorite Soft Sugar Cookies are a copycat Lofthouse Cookie Recipe

And isn’t everything better with sprinkles?

Also, let’s talk about this soft sugar cookie recipe. I did use vegetable shortening in this recipe. Yes, you can sub in butter, absolutely. But the reason I used shortening is to make the cookie a little softer, without as much spreading.

When they’re baked they will look like this…
Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

Next up make the frosting. Frosting is key for these cookies if you’re trying to duplicate that Lofthouse cookie vibe. If not, you can absolutely eat them plain!
How To Fill a Piping Bag

Pro Tip: How to Fill A Piping Bag

It might seem obvious to those of us who decorate cakes and cookies frequently, but I love sharing this easy tip to those who don’t use a piping bag often…

After you snip off the end of the piping bag and fit whatever tip into the bag, place the bag in a large glass, folding the top of the bag over the top of the glass. Now fill the bag with frosting and remove it from the glass. Squeeze the frosting down to the tip and twist the top of the bag. That’s it! Makes it SO much easier to fill the bag!

BUTTTTTT. You totally don’t have to use a piping bag here. You can easily just grab an off-set spatula or knife and spread the frosting on top of the cookie! It will taste just as good.
Lofthouse Sugar Cookies recipe are soft sugar cookiesBut a swirl is always pretty…
Soft Sugar Cookies topped with creamy frostingSprinkles are not optional.
Soft Sugar Cookies topped with buttercream frosting and sprinklesPerfect Soft Sugar Cookies.
My Favorite Soft Sugar Cookies are like Lofthouse cookies

If you like my Favorite Soft Sugar Cookies, you’ll love these sugar cookie recipes:


Soft Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


Makes 36 cookies



  • 10 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the shortening and butter together for 2 minutes on medium speed until smooth. Add in sugar and mix for 1 minute.
  3. Add in eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and salt and mix until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and mix in the flour until just combined.
  5. Using a medium (2- tablespoon) cookie scoop, drop dough on the prepared baking sheet 2- inches apart.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges just start to get golden.
  7. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to continue cooling.


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and powdered sugar together. Mixture will look like course sand.
  2. Slowly add in milk and vanilla and mix for 2 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
  3. Tint the frosting with a few drops of food coloring if desired and spread or pipe onto the cooled cookies.


Store airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Keywords: Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Soft Cookies, Recipe, Sprinkles, Lofthouse


55 Responses

  1. They’re beautiful! So thick, puffy, and I can tell soft and chewy, rather than dry and crumbly, which is what happens to most sugar cookies. And love that they’re drop cookies, not rollout cookies.

  2. Monica

    I was just at a luncheon and I pushed people aside to get those “Lofthouse” cookies. I said, “I could eat the whole dozen”. Someone said, “Prove it!” Man I was tempted 🙂

  3. Mari

    Just made these and they are awesome.Made 40 cookies using my large oxo scoop.I added almond extract along with the vanilla in the frosting,yummy.Thanks for the recipe it is now bookmarked 🙂

    1. Mari

      Shelly these cookies are an instant favorite.I bake all the time and take treats to work a couple times a week.They went crazy for these cookies.I left a few for my husband even though he said he didn’t want any because of the frosting.Guess what he was eating while I was at work,lol.He said he ate one and had to have more.Thanks for the recipe.Love watching for your recipes on Facebook 🙂

  4. Mmmm I remember sugar cookies like these from when I was younger.. MUCH younger, my Mum used to make them for us at birthday parties (they were the only thing she COULD bake bless her!)
    These look so lovely, thanks for sharing the recipe xx

  5. This is the first food blog post I have read in three months due to being soooo sick! I can’t wait to feel well enough to try out these cookies. Sugar cookies are my fav 😉

  6. Judy

    OK, tonight I am making 3 batches of these for my momma and daddy’s Marine Corps League BB-Q tomorrow…These go with BB-Q right…lol

  7. Rebecca

    I made these last night and they are absolutely delicious. I’m glad you finally shared the recipe with us. Hmmm…any other favorite recipes you’re holding out on?? 🙂

  8. Natalie

    If I wanted to replace the shortening in both the cookies and the icing with butter, how much would I use in each?

  9. Made these and we loved them. I used a buttercream frosting recipe ,but did not alter the cookie recipe. These were perfect. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  10. Sophie Harding

    Hi, I love this recipe (and all of your recipes), but I was just wondering – can you roll this cookie out to make shapes or does it really only work as a drop cookie?

    1. Shelly

      If you used them as roll out cookies they would work, but they wouldn’t give you sharp edges after they baked. They’d puff up a bit.

  11. Sonya

    I’m going totally new this year and making ALL new cookies for our gift tins (we give about 40 away ea yr). I’m also new here so I guess you could say I’m into NEW this year. I was wondering if you had every switched the vanilla for lemon? If not I’m not going to try it, just yet, but I WILL be making these beautiful little ladies for our tins.

  12. Kelly

    I have a question about frosting, I quit using milk in mine when I stopped and thought about it one day, that the cake or cookies might sit out for a day or two or three, doesn’t the milk sour at room temperature? I just use all butter now and extra vanilla but a tablespoon of milk sure makes it smooth 🙂 thanks for your thoughts

    1. Shelly

      If you’re worried you could add water, but the milk won’t sour. the sugar acts as a preservative to the small amount of milk in the frosting!

  13. sandra

    I’m pregnant and was craving soft sugar cookies…. All I can say is I LOVE YOU FOR POSTING THIS! These are the most delicious sugar cookies, actually most delicious COOKIE ever! I’ve already eaten 4 and have to ask my husband to hide them now! Thank you for a great recipe!!

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