Easy Soft Sugar Cookies

These are my kid’s FAVORITE Soft Sugar Cookies. These are a copycat Lofthouse Cookie recipe, you know, the kind you get from the supermarket bakery in the 12 pack? They’re buttery and soft topped with creamy buttercream frosting and sprinkles!

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These Easy Soft Sugar Cookies Are Just Like Your Favorites From the Store!

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.

But let’s take the shame out of that, ok? Sometimes you just need a few sprinkle cookies to make it through the day.

So let’s take the “store bought” out of the equation here. I’m going to show you how to make an easy copycat version of these sugar cookies right in your own kitchen. Soft, sweet cookies that are easy, delicious, and homemade are SO much better than any supermarket cookie…I can promise you that!

Soft sugar cookies topped with buttercream and sprinkles

How to Make These Soft Sugar Cookies

Also, let’s talk about this recipe. There are a few things that I do differently here than I would typically. And these make a soft, slightly chewy, slightly cakey sugar cookie. The cookies at the store are very cakey…and to be perfectly honest, I don’t even enjoy them that much! They’re drier and more crumbly than I prefer. BUT they are a vessel for the frosting, and we all know that’s why we like those cookies anyway!

So I wanted to create a recipe that had those same vibes, but were BETTER! Like, a cookie you would still want to eat even if they didn’t have frosting. Gasp!

Do You Have To Use Shortening In This Recipe?

I did use vegetable shortening in this recipe along with butter. There are a few reasons why vegetable shortening is the move:

  1. Shortening has a lower melting temperature which means the cookies won’t spread as much. But you want that butter flavor, so a combo of the two is magic.
  2. Shortening has a very neutral flavor, and if you’ve had the supermarket frosted cookies, you know that the cookie itself is actually pretty bland. BUT the combo of butter and shortening gives you a subtle buttery flavor while still being mild.
  3. Shortening aids in the cakey texture of this cookie. It has no water, so no steaming occurs during baking, creating less gluten. Less gluten = a more tender texture. You could go all the way and use all shortening in this recipe to make an even cakier texture, but I like the sweet spot that the butter and shortening combination provides.

How to Frost Sugar Cookies Like a Pro

How to Frost Sugar Cookies Like a Pro

The magic of these cookies is the frosting…and the real reason that we buy them from the store when you get a craving! And of course a spread of frosting is easy, but a swirl of frosting is just so pretty…and easy too!

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…

  1. Once you’ve made the frosting, snip off the end of a piping bag or a small corner of a zip-top bag.
  2. Place whatever piping tip you would like to use in the bottom of the bag snugly.
  3. Place the bag in a large glass and fold the extra plastic over the top f the bag to secure it.
  4. Using a spoon or rubber spatula, fill the bag with your frosting while it’s in the glass. This holds the bag in place, so you can get a lot of frosting in the bag without creating a mess!
  5. You don’t want to fill the bag up all the way. Halfway works. You can always add more frosting. It will be easier to handle with less!
  6. Pull the bag out of the glass and squeeze the frosting to the bottom, and twist the top of the bag so it doesn’t squeeze out the top.

This technique makes filling your piping bag SO much easier!

Soft Sugar Cookies on a cooling rack

Of course these cookies are delicious on their own! You could even add some sprinkles to the cookie dough as you mix it if you wanted to kip the sprinkles on top!

But look at that pretty swirl. I used a Wilton No. 8B Star tip in case you were wondering.

Frosted Sugar Cookies

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Soft Sugar Cookies

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


These Soft Sugar Cookies are a copycat Lofthouse Cookie recipe, just like the kind you get at the store!




  • 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.

Nutrition Information:

1 cookie
33.4 g
70.9 mg
9.9 g
36.3 g
0.8 g
25.6 mg

Keywords: soft sugar cookies, sugar cookie frosting, cookies and cups, easy sugar cookie recipe

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Mar 16, 2016 10:32 pm

I just made these and they came out AMAZING!

100% would make again 🙂

Dec 21, 2014 10:45 pm

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!!

Dec 18, 2014 9:00 pm

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

Dec 4, 2014 10:27 am

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.

Apr 25, 2014 9:23 pm

Made these tonight and they are fantastic. An instant family favorite. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

Sophie Harding
Jan 29, 2014 5:56 am

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?

Jan 8, 2014 3:33 pm

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.

Sep 5, 2013 11:10 am

Can you freeze these cookies with the frosting on? Making these today!

Jul 19, 2013 4:58 pm

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

Jun 28, 2013 7:59 am

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?? 🙂

Jun 14, 2013 11:52 pm

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

May 20, 2013 3:00 pm

My baby is turning 2 this week and we are having a “if you give a Kimball a Cookie” party!! I’m making a test batch of these today and am SO excited. They are easy and looking good.

May 14, 2013 3:51 pm

Those cookies look fantastic, better than any store-bought sugar cookies I’ve seen.

May 14, 2013 2:27 pm

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 😉

May 14, 2013 12:52 am

I found these rather disspapointing, although the frosting saved them.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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