This sugar cookie recipe makes soft, chewy, easy sugar cookies exactly like those puffy, cakey, frosted Lofthouse sugar cookies with sprinkles found in crinkly plastic packages in the bakery of your local grocery store.
These sugar cookies are exactly like the Lofthouse sugar cookies that come in the clear crinkly plastic containers at your local grocery store bakery—well, exactly like them in taste and texture but not, thankfully, in terms of the crazy long list of artificial ingredients. But just like those soft sugar cookies your kids beg you to buy, these are soft, chewy, frosted, buttery, tender, puffy, and ridiculously sweet, They’re also crazy easy to make—there’s no need to roll the dough or cut it into shapes, just drop blobs of sugar cookie dough on a baking sheet.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Sugar Cookie Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 3 H
- Makes 12 to 15 cookies
- For the sugar cookies
- 1 1/2 cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons (4 ounces or 115 grams) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- For the frosting
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups (300 grams) confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- Pinch salt, as needed
- Store-bought or homemade sprinkles
- Make the sugar cookies
- 1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
- 2. In another large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed, beat the butter and granulated sugar together until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until everything is incorporated. Do not overmix.
- 3. Scoop out the dough, allowing about 2 tablespoons for each cookie, and roll it in between your palms into balls. Place the balls on a large plate, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (Don’t skip this step. It prevents the cookies from spreading into one another in the oven and becoming one big blob.)
- 4. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- 5. Place the chilled cookie dough balls on the baking sheets, spacing them about 3 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will look underbaked, but they will finish baking as they cool thanks to the the residual heat of the baking sheet. (The cooled, unfrosted cookies may be frozen in resealable plastic bags for up to 3 months.)
- Make the frosting
- 6. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter in a medium bowl on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Switch to low speed and gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and beat for 1 minute. Add the vanilla and heavy cream, kick it up to medium speed, and beat for 2 minutes. Swipe a finger through the frosting and taste. You can add more cream if the frosting seems too thick or a pinch of salt if the frosting seems too sweet.
- 7. Spread the frosting onto the cooled sugar cookies and immediately decorate with sprinkles. (You can keep the cookies, covered, at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.)
- Try adding a few drops of liquid food coloring to the frosting and bring the Lofthouse sugar cookies along to showers, birthdays, or holiday parties. You can also experiment with different extracts in the dough like almond, coconut, or lemon depending on your favorite flavors.
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Sugar Cookie Recipe © 2014 Sally McKenney. Photo © 2014 Sally McKenney. All rights reserved.
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