Copycat Soft Sugar Loft Cookies

Friday, November 20, 2020
A favorite copycat soft sugar loft cookie you'll find in the supermarkets for every holiday.

Sugar loft cookies are a soft delicious sugar cookie everyone loves.

We love to use holiday cookie cutters for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Patriotic holidays of course Halloween and Christmas.

This one dough will be perfect for any birthday or party by just changing the colors of the frosting and using with coordinating cookie cutter with pretty sprinkles.

These cookies aren't overly sweet and the frosting adds just the right blend of flavors!

These are also great for fund raisers and bake sale events wrapped and labeled.

Everyone loves these cookies and it's the first recipe I think of even when I want to decorate the top of the cake with a cookie form frosted.

Check out this copycat recipe, I am sure you will be excited about the outcome!

This recipe uses simple pantry ingredients and so easy the kids can help!

Scroll down to print this easy recipe, you will find after one taste you will never buy the supermarket brands again!

this is a collage of loft cookies

What are Loft Cookies?

Soft Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies are the ones you see in grocery stores that are full of bright frosting and loaded with sprinkles or colored sugars.

They were my kid's favorite cookie growing up.

They loved that kind of soft sugar cookie and those sprinkles were a cookie from heaven for them!

Guess what? Now as grown men, they still love them and my grandkids are head over heels for them too!

this is Antonio Valentino Iffert, he is making Loft Cookies and 5 years old with Grandma

So Easy The Kids Can Help!

Antonio was a big help cutting out the cookies and eating them!

Cookies of any kind are a favorite to a 5-year-old right? These were the most asked for!

When I was growing up, I never knew what they were called, but mom made them all the time to us they were just an Italian soft cutout cookie!

this is Antonio Valentino Iffert rolling dough for loft cookies we are making for the 4th of July and they are stars

Ingredients You Will Need

  • flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • softened butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • sour cream
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • optional: flavoring almond flavoring or any other kinds you like orange, anisette, lemon are all delicious
  • frosting
  • sprinkles

batter for loft cookies

Always Cream the Sugar and Butter Together

This is an important step, the butter and sugar must be combined evenly, these make a delicious tender cookie.

Don't miss creaming a softened butter, it's a must-do!

If you're wondering why there are two sticks of butter, it's because I always have to double this recipe!

heart shaped cookies for Valentines Day

The Perfect Sugar Loft Cookie Cutouts for all your Holiday Needs!

I love how soft these are and they stay that way.

It sure beats all that sugary frosting that is gobbed on at the supermarket.

I lightly frost mine and for a little color to match the theme or event or Holiday. Perfect with any cookie cutter at Easter, Christmas, even the 4th of July cutting stars out!

These cookies shape into anything you want.


  • Although the traditional flavor is vanilla, these are great in all kinds of extract flavors.
  • During the fall, we like to add cinnamon and ginger to the batter along with some nutmeg and maple extract then when frosted sprinkle the tops with cinnamon and sugar.
  • We also love grated orange peel, lemon peel with coordinating extracts.
  • Anisette or even Almond extracts are terrific too.
  • Of course, for all the chocolate lovers out there you can even add chocolate chips to the batter!

this is a photo of Antonio making loft cookies and the end result with him eating them pin for later

Floured Board

Always flour the board for rolling so the dough will be easy to cut into and not stick.

I use a plastic or wood board for rolling my dough on.

I also flour my cutters, they will work better for shaping.

This is sugar cookie dough with a rolling pin, mixing bowl, flour on a cutting board ready to make cookies with


  1. Preheat the oven
  2. Don't over bake them or they will be dry
  3. Use parchment paper or Silpat mat for baking sheets
  4. Make these into round supermarket-style or cutouts
  5. Cool completely before frosting the cookies
  6. Use assorted sprinkles to coordinate the themes

This is a loft sugar cookie dough to cutout shapes with a star cookie cutter

Perfect Cut Out Cookies

Copycat Soft Sugar Loft Cookies also great for graduation hats, baby showers, and other events that I use this dough for.

I have even made them for benefits into shapes for Breast Cancer awareness and other functions.

Again just tint your frosting to match the Holiday, Benefit, or School Events.

these are three patriotic cookies red white and blue colored sugar for the 4th of July called loft sugar cookies

Cookie Ideas

  • Tint the frosting to the holiday theme
  • Add Funfetti to the batter
  • Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips or crushed candy bars
  • Flavor the dough lemon, orange and use some zest
  • For fall flavors add some cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and nuts

these are called loft cookies. A sugar cookie that can be cut out in many shapes these are red white and blue sprinkles and colored sugar for a Patriotic party this is the dough ready to bake cut into stars

Pin for later

this is a pin for later Christmas loft cookie

More Cookies Recipe To Try:

Almond joy biscotti
Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie
Oreo Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies
Blueberry Drop Cookies
Almond and Coconut  Chip Cookies

Get Creative

Check out the simple recipe for anywhere for the New Year all through the end to Christmas for all year round delicious cookie

Make something special for any event, bake sale, party, or just because they taste great.

By the way, these travel and freeze well.

So whether you want to be festive for any holiday, any cookie cutter will be the hit of the day, just use one recipe for the whole year!

Copycat Soft Sugar Loft Cookies

these are called loft cookies. A sugar cookie that can be cut out in many shapes these are red white and blue sprinkles and colored sugar for a Patriotic party
Yield: 24
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
prep time: 25 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 35 M
A favorite loft cookie that you would find everywhere in supermarkets around holiday time. These are a soft sour cream sugar cookie with frosting. A real easy cookie recipe that makes cutouts a breeze of any kind! I double this recipe, they go fast!


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond flavoring or any other kinds you like orange, anisette, lemon are all delicious
  • frosting or choice
  • sprinkles or colored sugars


How to cook Copycat Soft Sugar Loft Cookies

  1. Beat the sugar and the butter together until light. Add the flavoring,  the salt, sour cream, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2.  Beat in one egg at a time. Add the flour and mix until this forms a ball.
  3. Using extra flour on a board roll out around 1/2 inch thick or more whatever you like these are thick cookies and use your favorite cookies cutters to the theme of the Holiday.
  4.  Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. 
  5. Bake until edges start to turn brown around 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Cool, frost with coordinating tinted store-bought frosting using food coloring of choice or make your own homemade. Use sprinkles or colored sugars to match the theme of the party or holiday.
  7. For the homemade frosting: 
  8. Beat together 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons softened butter, and water by the one teaspoon at the time until spreadable.
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pin for later collage of loft sugar cookies

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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2013. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. Such pretty cookies…a perfect treat for St. Paddy’s Day!

  2. I need to make some cookies for an optometrist that took some extra time with Nick last week. I may whip these up tomorrow...they'd make borh Bill and Katie happy, too! Thanks, Claudia...and welcome home!

  3. Eeegads, luv, I KNOW THESE ARE GREAT!! I mean the ingredients are awesome, especially that sour cream!! I just know your babies are double fisted w/these cookies!! xo

  4. I can't leave sugar cookies alone. These would be gone in no time in my house!

  5. Definitely going to try these! I am sure they taste just as they look. I simply love your recipes, Claudia! Thank you for sharing!

  6. a favorite of mine

  7. So perfectly soft and sweet! These turned out even better than the ones I remember from the grocery store.

  8. These are a favorite of mine to buy at the store! I am so glad that I can now make them at home with my kiddos!


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