Soft Sugar Cookies*

When friends contact me for birthday requests, they usually ask for cupcakes. Big surprise right? :-) Occasionally they will branch out from the cupcakes and ask for a layered cake. But I have never been asked to make cookies. Seriously, never! Cookies say picnic or lunchbox, but they do not say Birthday. But being a good friend, I was committed to delivering what the birthday girl wanted.

So after much soul cookie searching, I decided on Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies…or as more often known Lofthouse Sugar Cookies. These cookies are scarily close to the store bought version. I can’t even begin to tell you how dangerous this will be for me, my jeans, and my sprinkle collection. Yes, I said sprinkle collection. A girl can never have too many sprinkles!

P.S. Boy was I wrong! Cookies can scream Birthday, or at least these cookies can!


Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Recipe Note: Make sure and let these sit overnight!


  • 6 cups flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups light sour cream


  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Sprinkles


For the cookies:
In a medium bowl, whisk 5 cups of flour, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.

Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough needs to obtain the right consistency for rolling, so add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until this is achieved (up to 1 cup more flour). Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1 1/2 inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.

Generously flour a work area and rolling pin. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

For the frosting:
To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired spreading consistency is achieved.

Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit overnight before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

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200 Responses to “Soft Sugar Cookies”

  1. 1

    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — August 29, 2011 @ 12:15 am

    Jessica these look awesome. They look professional or fake or just too good to be handmade in your kitchen. Seriously IMPRESSED. You need to open a bakery!

    The photos are spectacular, too…love the black background against the white cookies…perfect!

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    Katrina — August 29, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    Cuuuuute! I heart sprinkles.

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    Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups — August 29, 2011 @ 6:33 am

    These look just like the ones always at Publix! I bet they’re even tastier too!

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    Lisa Lou — August 29, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    I have been looking for this recipe~Thanks for sharing

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    Blog is the New Black — August 29, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    I love sprinkles, too! I’ve always wanted to make the Lofthouse cookies- these look WONDERFUL!

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    Jen @ — August 29, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    I love those cookies! I’ve seen a few bloggers make these and every time I see them again I’m reminded that I need to make them ASAP. I might just be whipping up a batch for a Labor Day cookout next weekend.

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    Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — August 29, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    Ok, done. I’m making these. I’ve seen so many bloggers make them lately but your pictures just pushed me over the edge- I can’t put it off any longer!

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    Paula — August 29, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Scream Birthday is right. So pretty and fun!

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    JulieD — August 29, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    I’m obsessed with sprinkles, Jessica! I love these same exact sprinkles! :) I pinned these cookies because I need to try them ASAP!

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    Bev Weidner — August 29, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    I could take those sprinkles, stand in front of a fan and pour them on my head.

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    Joanne — August 29, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    Sprinkle collections are key to living a happy life. i’m sure of it.

    I never thought that I’d want cookies for my birthday either…but you might have just changed that.

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — August 29, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    My daughter is SOOOO going to love you for this recipe!

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    Kristen — August 29, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    OMG! I always find an excuse to buy these at the market, but yours look much prettier with the multi-colored sprinkles. These are one of those guilty pleasure things… I will definitely make these!!! Thanks Jessica! :)

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    mom — August 29, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    My FAVORITE COOKIE!!!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!
    As you know 😉

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 30, 2011 @ 6:22 am

    These look like the perfect birthday cookie! I’m sure your friend was thrilled:-)

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    Rachel @ the Avid Appetite — August 30, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    I’m SO happy that you posted about these. I always see the prepackaged kind in BJ’s or Costco but I’ve always wanted to try making my own (because let’s face it, I totally get down with the pkg’d ones like it’s my job). Gorgeous photos!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — August 30, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    Recipes for these type of cookies just keep popping up! It really makes me want to make all of them to compare!

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    Madeline — September 1, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    Ho-lyyy! I guess I’m late to the party, but I had no idea people knew the secret to those ridiculously amazing cookies that I sneak home from Kroger and proceed to SMASH on! Now that they’re homemade, they’re instantly more classy-and I WILL be trying this recipe out asap! This is the first recipe I’ve seen on your site and I know-NEW FAVORITE BLOG!

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    Kita — September 2, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    Oh yeah, I’ve been on the hunt for a copy cat loft house recipe for a while now. I am have got to try these. And reinvest in some sprinkle stock – Id make a fortune off you 😉

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — September 4, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

    So cute!! They do scream birthday….

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    Julia — September 6, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    My husband’s bday is next week and he freaking LOVES those store bought sugar cookies. The guy doesn’t like cake either, so a cookie is always his dessert of choice. Done and done.

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    Taryn @ Formal Fringe — September 6, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    OMG–I’ve been in love with the Lofthouse cookies forever and I just wrote them off as one of those things that’d be impossible to make at home. You just made my freakin’ day!

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    Becki @ Becki's Whole Life — September 7, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    I love sprinkles, too. I actually bought the lofthouse cookies for my daughter to take to school for her last birthday – at he request…she loves them! These look EXACTLY like lofthouse cookies. Perfectly round and the cookies are kind of white. Wow – will have to try these. I made Tate’s soft cookies for Christmas and they were really good, too. I think they are pretty similar to these.

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — September 9, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

    Uh oh…. these could be very dangerous. I loooove the store bought version but never buy them because storebought equals unhealthy for me. But if they were homemade, I’d eat them. All.

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    Jenice — September 24, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Looks great! Seems like the sour cream is the trick! I’m off to try them! – No salt mentioned in the recipe… is that right?

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    Julia — October 19, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    I just finished frosting these. I made the batter last night, let it sit in the fridge overnight. Then I rolled them out, baked, and frosted them this am. They are PERFECT!!!! They’re sitting on the counter at home waiting for me to come home from work…Question: will the frosting get more firm like the ones from the store as they sit? The frosting is delicious, but if it’s touched, it smudges. Not a problem since I assume they’re be devoured in .02 seconds, but for transporting I was just wondering. People reading the reviews, MAKE THESE!!!! You’ll love em!

    • Jessica replied: — October 20th, 2011 @ 10:46 am

      YAY! I am so glad you liked them Julia!

      And no…my frosting never really got hard like from the store. I don’t know what they put in it to make it that way…but I assume it is some kind of preservative to make it turn hard. be honest…they may have possibly turned hard after 24 hours…but they didn’t last in our house that long! :-)

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    Alaina — December 10, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

    I currently have this dough sitting in my fridge waiting to be rolled out and turned into delicious cookies! Its all i can do to keep my fingers out of it! Yumm!

    • Jessica replied: — December 11th, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

      Yay! How did they turn out??

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    Alaina — December 15, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    They came out excellent!! My boyfriend, (whom hates all things sugar..weirdo.) LOVED them! I can’t wait to make a batch to share on xmas! Thanks! :) oh and by the way..I may have eaten your fontina and arugala grilled cheese three days in a row now..may have? ha! Its AMAZING!! Thank you for a fab recipe!

    • Jessica replied: — December 27th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

      Yay!! So glad you liked them and your loser sugar hatin’ boyfriend did too! 😛

      And oohhh girl! I have eating that grilled cheese way more times then I care to admit! Haha

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    Heather — December 16, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Are these storable/freezable? Trying to find something I can make in advance for Christmas.

    • Jessica replied: — December 27th, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

      Hey Heather! Sorry I didn’t get to reply when you commented or before Christmas! I was on a cruise and didn’t have email! Annnyyywayyss…

      I have never tried freezing them. I would be worried the texture would change and the icing would get weird. But I do think they are better the next day and they store pretty well in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days!

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    Tegan Swift — December 29, 2011 @ 2:26 am

    WOW! These sound amazing and look super cute :) I’m definitely going to give these a go soon. I love to bake and just began baking for friends – additions to Christmas presents and birthday gifts, etc. I love the process and think it personalizes the present too. Awesome blog xx

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    Jamie — January 2, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    These look yummy! I am going to try this:) oh and being a photographer for a living, i must say great photos!!!

    • Jessica replied: — January 2nd, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

      Thanks!! That means a lot! :-)

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    Kirsten — January 27, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    omg these cookies look amazing! i can’t wait to try them out. about how many days do they last though?
    p.s. i <3 the pics

    • Jessica replied: — January 30th, 2012 @ 12:01 am

      They should be good for about 4-5 days!

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    Lori — February 20, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    On the issue of the sticky frosting…
    I added 2T of Wilton’s Meringue Powder to the mix. It’s been about 20 minutes and the frosting has a nice crust on it, but it’s still soft. I even did a test run of stacking them, and it doesn’t seem to be sticking. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Noelle — March 6, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    I had a little sugar cookie test over the weekend, comparing several recipes from Pinterest. Your recipe won! It is the absolute best sugar cookie I have ever made and best i have ever tasted! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica replied: — March 7th, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

      I am so glad to hear it Noelle! I love these cookies!!

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    Carla Wells — March 16, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    I must try these. I have a serious weakness for the Lofthouse cookies!

    By the way, the addition of meringue powder (In the cake decorate dept) should help the frosting to firm up for you!

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    margaux — April 23, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Those look amazing !!! Do i need to use LIGHT sour cream and can i do regular sour cream ? (I am from France, we don’t even have sour cream here so i have to make my own for recipes … )

    thank you !!

    • Jessica replied: — April 23rd, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

      Hey Margaux! Use regular sour cream! :) You want the full fat!

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    Holli — April 27, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    WOW! I was looking for a great cookie – and Here It Is. Just finished pulling out my first batch and OMG. These are perfect looking, deliciously sinful and I haven’t even gotten to the frosting yet. THANKS. My new Go To cookie/dessert. (I ran out of full fat *yikes* sour cream and opted for about 1/2 cup of my kiddos vanilla yogurt – fab!)

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    Carol — May 6, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    I wonder if you could half this recipe?
    4 doz. of these cookies and I would be struggling (even more) to get my jeans on lol

    • Jessica replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 11:54 am

      Yes you can make a half recipe! Just whisk two eggs together and only use 75% of the whisked eggs. :)

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    Michelle — May 10, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    These look DELICIOUS… but how do you expect these cookies to sit over night without being devoured?? :)

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    sheila anderson — May 17, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    I made a similar soft buttermilk sugar cookie for my niece for her birthday. If you tint icing yellow and then decorate the cookies with M&M’s into a smiley face, it is so cute for childrens birthdays :)

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    Renee — May 27, 2012 @ 2:27 am

    I currently have the dough in the fridge! It was super soft when it went in – I assume that’s right?

    • Jessica replied: — June 1st, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      Yes it makes a soft dough! Hope they turned out well!

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    Erin — May 31, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    These look amazing, I’m just worried being 7200ft elevation that they wouldn’t work :(

    • Jessica replied: — June 1st, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

      I wish I could be more help, but this Texas girl that currently lives in Florida….knows NOTHING about cooking in elevation!

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    Jennifer — June 10, 2012 @ 1:27 am

    Well, I have cooked half the batch and I am not sure they are even going to be able to sit over night!! With four kids and my husband walking by, grabbing and frosting before they have even cooled off completely.. crazy! I need to put security bars on my kitchen when I cook these cookies, they are awesome, thanks for the recipe!!

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    Merie — June 14, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    Can you use different shape cookie cutters! Like a Mickey Mouse? I was wondering if they would swell to much and not keep the shape!

    • Jessica replied: — June 14th, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

      Sorry Merie, they will swell. They won’t hold their shape :-( but Mickey Mouse would have been cute!

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    Juliane — June 17, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    Could not get the frosting right….and the vanilla turned it brownish. :(

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    Wendy — July 4, 2012 @ 1:45 am

    Thanks! These turned out AWESOME! The dough was a little hard to work with at first, but by the second batch, I had a better time of it… you weren’t kidding when you said to GENEROUSLY flour the work area:) Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe!!!

    • Jessica replied: — July 5th, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

      haha! I know the dough is a pain to work with, but the end result is so worth it! Glad they turned out good for you! :-)

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    Linsa — July 8, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    I am thinking about making these. On the frosting, can I use a hand mixer as I don’t have a stand mixer with paddle.

    • Jessica replied: — July 10th, 2012 @ 1:26 am

      You can definitely use a hand mixer! Happy Baking! 😉

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    Erin — July 11, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    I found theses on Pinterest and honestly have been putting off making them for fear that they would be another one of my Pinterest Fails. You know, those recipes that look great online but when YOU make them they either taste like cardboard or look like you let your toddler have full control of your kitchen. Or both!
    Well, last week I made them for my husband’s coworkers. First, the good parts….they were beautiful (mine turned out just like the pictures, shocking!), chewy, and overall really good cookies. The bad…okay, not bad, just tips I guess. I dont think this needs to freeze overnight, maybe just a few hours to allow the dough to firm up. I needed to let mine defrost on the kitchen counter for an hour before my rolling pin would even make a dent! Without the frosting, the thick freshly baked cookies taste more like biscuits than sugar cookies, so dont skip the frosting! I also took the advice of another reviewer and added 2 Tbps meringue powder to the frosting. That really helped my frosting firm up enough to stack, but didnt turn into a rock.
    I will be tossing out my old recipe and using these as my go-to recipe for sugar cookies. Thanks for making a recipe that tastes as good as it looks!

    • Jessica replied: — July 11th, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

      Thanks for your tips Erin. Glad they turned out good for you! :)

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    Senior Care Lockport IL — July 11, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    These look just like those delicious and sweet cookies from the store.. can’t wait to try these ones!!!!!

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    Christine — July 11, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    If I dont have a stand up mixer what should I use? A regular mixer or should I use my hand with a spatula?

    • Jessica replied: — July 11th, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

      You should be fine to make them in a regular mixer! :)

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    Christine — July 11, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    OK Great thanks. hope they turn out as excellent as everyone is saying!

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    Jordan — July 15, 2012 @ 12:14 am

    These are fantastic! They were the PERFECT recipe for a church event this summer. We coated them with different color sprinkles for some summer jazz and they were great! Thanks so much! :)

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    Jo — July 16, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    Salted or unsalted butter in the dough and frosting?

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    Beth — July 17, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    Has anyone tried to freeze this cookie dough? If so, were they still yummy!

    • Jessica replied: — July 19th, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

      I personally have not tried freezing the cookie dough…hopefully if someone has they will see your comment and have an opinion!

      If you do end up trying it, I would really be interested to hear how it worked out! 😉

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    Megan — July 19, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    Is it okay to use Margarine instead of butter?

    • Jessica replied: — July 19th, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

      I would not recommend using margarine instead of butter. The cookies will have a difference texture and probably will not taste the same.

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    Megan — July 19, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    I ended up going to the store and getting butter, my dough is in fridge! I am so tempted to pull it out and start baking!

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    Diana F. — July 21, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Haha, Jess I remember us going to Kroger on our Junk food runs getting boxes of these and mini brownies! Good times. I did want to know if you or anyone else would know if these would hold up shape well if I used a cookie cutter? I’m looking for a great cookie texture and great shape. Thanks.

    – D

    • Jessica replied: — July 23rd, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

      Hey Diana!

      I do not think they will hold their shape well for cookie cutters. They tend to spread and rise some and are not the traditional flat sugar cookie.

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    cassie — August 3, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    I just finished making these cookies and I was so excited to try one fresh out the oven only to find out that they taste kind of like biscuits. How do I fix this? I had to put in flour so at what point do I need to put in more sugar to balance out the flour?

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    Christina — August 8, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    I absolutely positively cannot wait to try these out for my friend’s birthday; our sixth grade teacher would buy these for us every Monday so we have a lot of memories associated with them! I love your blog, by the way – I have you linked in my blogroll :)

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    Katie Johnson — August 21, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    I love this recipe! I have already made these cookies twice now, they turned out perfect both times! I only made 1/2 a recipe because it makes soo many, it made 41 cookies. Wonderful recipe, everyone in my family loves them!

    • Jessica replied: — August 22nd, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

      Yay! So glad to hear it Katie!! :-)

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    Tina — August 28, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    I made the dough yesterday and I am about to roll out and bake! I’m very excited because the raw dough was DELICIOUS ( yes, I know it’s not good to eat raw dough)!
    I do not like the heavy frosting from the Lofthouse cookies and scrape it off but the cookies itself are wonderful. So, I will be icing mine with a thinner shiner icing. We shall see how it turns out. I also think sprinkles are beautiful but can’t stand how they taste… Blahhhhh
    Someone said something about the icing not hardening… Has anyone tried corn syrup?

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    Kaleena — September 4, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    I’m making these now for my daughter’s birthday party. I must say that I am rushed to do it because I didn’t realize that you pretty much need 2 days to do it (letting the dough sit for one and then letting the cooked cookies sit another), but luckily I started them early enough in the morning that I *should* be able to have them done in time. But my question is about the dough. I mixed it right as the directions say (even added the extra 1 cup flour as described) but it’s sooooo soft, I’d almost want to describe it as having a very thick, semi-runny consistency. After having the beaters lifted out of the bowl for 5 minutes, it was soft enough that I had thick blops of batter began dripping off of the them. There was no way I could remove it from the mixer and mold into 1.5″ thick squares. So I placed it in the fridge, still in the mixing bowl. I don’t think this is right. What did I do wrong? Or will a miracle occur and all be fine 7 hours from now when I pull it back out to roll out the dough and cut? HELP!

    • Jessica replied: — September 4th, 2012 @ 11:27 am

      Hmm that is so strange! I haven’t heard of anyone having that issue. Was your butter melted instead of just room temp? I wonder if something was funky with your sour cream?

      If it’s your butter, an hour or so in the fridge should firm it up and the dough should be ok. I would check it in an hour and see what it looks like then.

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    Dee — September 12, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Amazing recipe! It is my new favorite sugar cookie recipe. Hint: do not overtake, don’t even let them brown.

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    Dee — September 12, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    Also, I put the dough in the fridge b/c I didn’t have time to finish cooking them. They were better when I refrigerated the dough a few hours.

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    Briana — September 23, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    What the heck did I do wrong?! I was SO excited for these cookies but they turned out like those wafer things you get in church! I followed the directions exactly. Added the last 1 cup of flour 1/4 cup at a time. The dough was weird. It kept “climbing” up my mixer so that I would have to stop and do my best to scrap it off. Even though it was SUPER sticky I still mangaed to get it into a rectangle, wrap it and refridgerate over night. I just pulled them out of the oven and every batch is horrible. They taste awful, really bland, I can’t even describe it. Normally I would think it was the recipe itself but it seems like only 1 other person has had a problem and everyone else loved them! The only thing I can think of is the type of flour I used? I was using King Arthurs flour and ran out for the last cup so I switched to Pillsbury…………….? Your cookies look SO AMAZING and mine do not look a thing like them!

    • Jessica replied: — October 1st, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

      Briana, I wish I had an answer for you! For every 10 people that this recipe works for it seems there is 1 person that it doesn’t.

      I have no idea what the issue is or why it seems to not work for some people. :(

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    Stacey — September 26, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    I just made these, and they are fantastic! The recipe made a TON though. More like 60 something. Next time I will definitely cut it in half.

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    Maggie — September 27, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    Tried these today and while the dough was really soft, the cookies came out fine. Extra yummy with the icing. I had to laugh because they reminded me of something I couldn’t put a finger on–until my husband ate one and said “oh, you made kringla!”. Well, no I didn’t. But that’s what the cookies (without icing) reminded me of…my Norwegian mother-in-law’s recipe for kringla. The amounts of the same ingredients differ and there is buttermilk instead of sour cream, but basically the same recipe base. Love the cookies and thanks for posting the recipe!

    • Jessica replied: — October 1st, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

      How interesting! Now I want to try Kringla!

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    Hope — September 29, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    hey Brianna don’t feel alone ours didn’t work out at ALL either it was like cake batter but thicker but certainly unmanageable. We kept trying to add flour to make it a better constancy but that just made the dough taste awful. I’m sorry to say that these did not work out for us.

    • Jessica replied: — October 1st, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

      Hope, I wish I had an answer for you! For every 10 people that this recipe works for it seems there is 1 person that it doesn’t.

      I have no idea what the issue is or why it seems to not work for some people.

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    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — October 1, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    YUM! I love this cookies and grab a box any time I spot them at the grocery store :)

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    Laura — October 12, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    Making these for hubby in a gluten free version. Mmmmm..

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    Katie Johnson — October 27, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    Jessica, I can not thank you enough for this awesome recipe! I found it on pinterest this summer & no joke I think I have made these cookies 10x now. :) My family begs me to make them for them, ha. It’s such a perfect recipe! It does take some extra effort to make them but its well worth it. And as someone said don’t let them brown at all, I take mine out after exactly 7min. & put them directly on a wire rack. Thank you so much!

    • Jessica replied: — October 29th, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

      I am SO glad to hear that Katie!! :-)

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    Amanda — October 31, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    I know it says to use a 2 1/2 round cookie cutter, would you be able to use an shape instead of round?

    • Jessica replied: — October 31st, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

      This cookie is not a traditional sugar cookie and will puff up. Which is why it’s only good with a round cutter. But if the shape isn’t too detailed it might be ok.

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    Mary — November 8, 2012 @ 1:24 am

    These are no joke. I don’t bake cookies very often but that might have to change! This is a huge batch and was gobbled down pretty fast when I brought them into work. Everyone was asking for the recipe. Delicious soft cookies with AMAZING frosting. I seem to have trouble getting the ratio of my buttercreams right, they are always too sweet, but this is PERFECT. Just perfect.

    • Jessica replied: — November 13th, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

      AWESOME! I love getting to hear good reviews like this. Glad they were perfect for you Mary! :)

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    Alessandra — November 13, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    I would love to make these but where I live I can’t find sour cream. Sad isn’t it? :-) I have seen creme fraiche but not sure if that is the same thing. What could I substitute for the sour cream? Thanks so much for any advice!!

    • Jessica replied: — November 13th, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

      Oh man. That is such a hard thing to sub in these cookies. I think your best bet would be to use Plain Greek Yogurt in it’s place.

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    jean aldridge — November 16, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    Hi! Just finished baking the cookies! Yes, my kids’ hands and my arms, hands, and face are still covered in flour and powdered sugar as I type! So far the cookies are delicious. They are soft and perfectly puffed. On storage, do I store in airtight container on the counter or in the fridge? I am assuming just out on the counter but it is kind of warm in our house. Just want to make sure the frosting does not run.

    Thanks in advance.

    jean in Texas

    • Jessica replied: — November 18th, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

      Hi Jean!

      Glad to hear it! I am a couple days late, so I’m sure you already figured out what works best for you…but I stored mine on the counter with no issues. If it really is that warm, maybe it’s better if they are in the fridge at your house!

      Hope you didn’t have any running icing issues! :)

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    jean aldridge — November 18, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    Jessica! Thank you for your reply! I left the cookies out on the counter per the instructions and experienced no problems. The cookies were soft and the frosting was delicious. You were right(not that I doubted that) -the cookies were better after they sat overnight.

    Again, thank you for your reply!

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    Michelle — November 19, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    I am from the US and LOVE these cookies. I made these for my students in Spain for Halloween…i decorated them with halloween designs, but since we don’t have sour cream here, I used Creme Fraiche by the Presidents brand. It worked out so well! My students were asking me how to make them so their mom’s could make them for them! I highly recommend these.

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    Taryn — November 21, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    Just finished making these cookies this morning, and im about to get busy making the frosting. I think i can officially say these cookies have outdone my grandmothers. They are very good, and i suggest everyone make these! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!!!!

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    Callandra — November 22, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    I gave cookies cutters a shot, and all the shapes turned out just fine ( maybe a bit poofy, but still good). Awesome recipe, thanks!!

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    Seema — November 24, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    Hi there, I fell in love with lofthouse cookies when I visited Orlando a few years ago and would love to replicate these. Could you confirm which type of flour you use – cake flour or AP and we don’t have cake flour in the UK so would need to make my own if that’s what you’ve used. Many thanks!

    • Jessica replied: — December 3rd, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

      I used regular ap flour! :)

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    Shelly — November 29, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    I finally made these! They are so soft, but mine didn’t taste exact, but they are very close. I’m wondering what kind of flour and butter you used.

    • Jessica replied: — December 3rd, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      When I made these, I think I had Target brand all purpose flour and some store brand butter.

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    Raina — November 30, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    I am going to attempt making these with a gluten free flour mixture over the weekend. I love the Lofthouse cookies but can’t eat them anymore due to a gluten allergy. Let’s see if these are just as good…

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    annabelle — December 5, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    Do you think this recipe will make 2 (9×13) pans for cookie bars?

    • Jessica replied: — December 7th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

      I have never made it in that way, so I really have no idea. It’s probably worth a shot, but I can’t promise it will be good. Sorry I’m not more help!

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    Shelly — December 6, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    Thanks Jessica! I’m going to make my second batch this weekend and I’ll let you know how it goes! thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    Hope — December 14, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    Any high altitude adjustments?

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    Hope — December 14, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    I just answered my own question, I think. I made these without any high altitude alterations and they turned out great. I even cooked some of them before refrigerating them because we just wanted cookies now. I used left over buttercream frosting from my daughter’s birthday cupcakes. We will try them again tomorrow after refrigeration. Can’t wait!

    • Jessica replied: — December 17th, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

      Glad you answered your own question because I know absolutely nothing about high altitude baking! …well besides the fact that it can mess up a cake! 😉

      I am really glad they tuned out great for you!

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    Tegan — December 15, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    Things look delicious, just like my favorites. I have been searching for the perfect holiday sugar cookie, and i was wondering if you think these would still be delicious and keep there shape if instead of cutting them in the traditional circle, i used “fun” holday shaped cookie cutters?

    • Jessica replied: — December 17th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      Someone above commented they cut them into shapes and they held their shape ok. They are not a traditional cookie cutter cookie, and do puff up.

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    Jen Weghsteen — December 16, 2012 @ 2:18 am

    I just made these with my son… Having only skimmed the recipe before asking if he wanted to bake, I missed the whole ‘refridgerate overnight’ part.
    OOPS! Oh well, I was committed now. So we mixed it up and added in our own shortcut and twist as I didn’t realize we had no sour cream. With no time to wait forever we put the whole mixing bowl in the fridge, waited 30 min pulled it out and used a small cookie scoop for uniformity then floured fingers to flatten them… They were absolutely AMAZING! Only baked 15 tonight, will finish them in the morning

    • Jessica replied: — December 17th, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

      I’m glad you still were able to make them work and had a fun time baking with your son! :)

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    Allison — December 16, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    How many cookies does this recipe yield? I need to make atleast 36 cookies for an upcoming holiday party and I’m hoping one batch will do the trick… Thanks!

    • Jessica replied: — December 17th, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

      The recipe yield is right below the title, it makes about 4 dozen cookies!

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    Monica — December 18, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    We just made these cookies and they are a bit more cakey and less “cookie” if that makes any sense. Is this how yours came out?

    • Jessica replied: — December 19th, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

      Yup, that is the right consistency. Some people have even commented saying it’s biscuit like. Once you add some icing and let them sit overnight, they should taste great! :)

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    Cassie — December 20, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    I substituted 0% greek yogurt for sour cream. I made the dough the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator over night. The cookies turned out fine. I would expect they may be slightly more tender with full fat sour cream, however, they are very light and fluffy. They are cooling right now. I am going to add 1 tbsp of corn syrup to the frosting to see if that assists hardening. Can’t wait to try the finished product.

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    Paige — December 21, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    So these are YUM!! Thank you! My only question being even more novice a baker than you is about the frosting. I do not have a fancy stand mixer with the different attachments so I just used a regular old electric hand mixer, and while light, fluffy and delicious, my frosting looks very airy compared to your picture, do you think this is why?

    • Jessica replied: — December 28th, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

      I think it is probably just being spread on the cookie compared to being in a bowl. Stand mixer or hand mixer, they all do the same thing! :) Hope you enjoyed your cookies!!

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    Toni — December 23, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    I just made these for christmas and I used different cookie cutters. I wouldn’t recommend really small detailed cutters-they look quite distorted. The big snowman and Santa cutters, stars, and Christmas trees turned out fine.

    -definitely keep flour on hand while working the dough.

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    Katie — January 3, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

    Hi I tried making these cookies and I love baking an found this recipe and decided to try it. The cookies turned out great but when it came time to make my icing it was too runny and I couldn’t get it to thicken up. Any ideas or tricks to get the icing to turn out right?

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    Mackie — January 4, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    I’m looking forward to making these for Valentine’s Day! Hopefully my hearts are close enough to a circle they’ll turn out. Anyway, since many of you have been mentioning having a hard time getting the frosting to harden like the cookies from the market, I thought I’d let you know about an old trick my mom uses. She uses essentially the same frosting recipe, with the addition of an egg yolk. I know that’s a little weird (raw egg), but I’ve been eating it for 25 years and am fine! It makes the frosting form a nice dry shell, good enough for care packages filled with cookies!

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    Amy — January 6, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! Now one of my favorite cookie recipes!! And everyone whom I recommended them to loves them as well! Now to make sure I always give most of them away so I won’t eat them all!

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    Linda Bradley — January 7, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    These cookies look like Italian Biscotti, which is one of my favorites. Im gonna try them. Thanks!

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    Sarah — January 9, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    i dont have a paddle attachment is that a big must or will it work anyways? love these cookies and im having a tea party for my baby girls birthday and these would be so perfect! please help!

    • Jessica replied: — January 14th, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

      You can use any attachment you have, the paddle attachment is just the easiest/best for this type of recipe. Hope you enjoy them!

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    Help needed — February 11, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    I wanna cut the recipe in half. If there’s 3 eggs then how much do I put?? 1 egg or 2?

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    Trish — February 13, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Hi Jessica – I’m just wondering if I can put them in the freezer to speed up the process…I need them for tomorrow morning and didn’t read the part about refridgerating them until my dough was ready lol.


    • Jessica replied: — February 18th, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

      Hi Trish,

      I have never tried putting the dough in the freezer. The dough sits overnight in the fridge to develop…meaning the flour sucks up the moisture and does other magical cookie things. I don’t think the same effects will happen if the dough is put in the freezer.

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    Mary Jo — February 16, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    I think it needs a little more favor. So I added a little almond flavoring
    . What a difference also used cream cheese frosting..

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    TrishaLynn — February 26, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    I just finished making these tonight. I am hoping letting them sit overnight will “develop” the flavors like your recipe said because right now…the cookie is super bland, frosting is yummy, but am I thinking the missing ingredient is salt. Any reason why you did not include salt?

    I also like the idea of adding almond extract…I will make a note of that on my print out for next time. I am intrigued enough to keep trying :)

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    Anna — March 11, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    Hey! Worked Great at High Altitude without any chances!! I live at 10,000ft also so a lot higher than most the world! Only odd thing is the frosting tasted a bit odd to me. I am not sure why? I had a new carton of Heavy Cream, but wonder if maybe it was spoiled or something when I bought it that afternoon.
    Otherwise the cookies were amazing and the texture great. I also did not have a cookie cutter so I had a can of Condensed CHicken Noodles soup that I ate and then cleaned and it made PERFECT circles!

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    Anna — March 11, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    Oops Changes ***

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    Ashley — March 20, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    These were amazing! I suck at making cookies for some reason, seeing as I bake pretty well, but these turned out perfect. They were really easy, too. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Ashley — March 20, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

    P.S. I used half and half because I didn’t have heavy cream. Also, I made the mistake of only doing half of the recipe and it was a horrible decision.

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    Lacey — May 18, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    If I use half and half instead of heavy cream in the frosting will it turn out fine?

    • Jessica replied: — May 22nd, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

      I would recommend sticking with Heavy Cream, but it’s worth a shot!

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    Sonia — May 19, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    I do not have a mixer. I always use my food processor. Do you think it will work for this recipe. I have a wedding in a month. I am going to get bride and groom sprinkles!

    • Jessica replied: — May 22nd, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

      Hi Sonia – I haven’t tried it using a food processor, but if that is what you always use for things like this…then I am sure it will be fine!

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    Linda B — June 15, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    I’m in the process of making these, and I’m sure they’re going to be great by the way the raw dough tastes! (No one needs to warn me about the raw eggs; I’ll take my chances!)

    What I am wondering is what is the difference between the 2 mixer paddle/flat attachments? I have a stand mixer, and I have a wire attachment and a white attachment. Is there another type available?

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    Linda B — June 19, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    OK, thanks! Yes, I did get those 3 attachments with my mixer. I’ve hidden the dough hook away somewhere, and never used it, though.So that is really clear now.
    And I have to say, I made a whole bunch of these cookies for a reception the other day, and they were fantastic! This is a keeper recipe!

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    Emily — June 22, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Just wanted to say; thank you for this recipe, it’s amazing! I used it at Christmas time and am going to use it again to make Canada Day cookies! Everyone loved them, they were absolutely delicious. So soft too, best sugar cookies I’ve had.

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    Mary — July 16, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    I have to say – I have made these several times and they are always a huge hit. A few weeks ago I had a real lofthouse cookie for the first time – these are SO much better! This recipe makes approximately 999 dozen cookies that last about 15minutes when I bring them into work : )

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    Katie Jackson — August 16, 2013 @ 1:53 am

    Would using greek yogurt instead of sour cream yield the same or similar results?

    • Jessica replied: — August 19th, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

      Hi Katie! I don’t know anyone who has successfully tried using greek yogurt instead. The fat content is a little different than sour cream…and while that doesn’t usually matter in a savory dish, it can effect the cookies.

      If you end up trying it, I would love to hear your results.

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    Katie Jackson — August 19, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    I made them with the Greek yogurt and they were fabulous! Couldn’t tell the difference!

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    zoe ambrose — September 7, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    the dough is in my fridge right now! I didn’t have any sour cream so I substituted greek yogurt instead. So far it seems to work. I need them tomorrow morning so I thin I will chill them for about 5 hours. Do you think that will work?

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    Wendy — February 22, 2014 @ 7:11 am

    Jessica, my daughter is getting married in September and I love the look of the loft house cookies for the cookie table. Do you think can be frozen after they have setup?

    • Jessica replied: — February 24th, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

      Hi Wendy, I do not have any experience freezing these cookies. However, I think you have plenty of time to experiment. Congrats to your daughter!

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    Hannah — March 9, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    Help! My cookies came out looking like the picture but they taste and feel like sweet dinner rolls… not like a cookie at all! What did I do wrong??

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    Leah Joy — April 4, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

    Wonderful recipe I have made several times. I was able to use a basic round, flower cut out and they turned out pretty cute even after puffing up. All of your directions are spot on and I hope users follow them all! Especially leaving the dough in fridge overnight. My personal preference is to add an add’l tsp of vanilla and 1/4 tsp almond extract as well as a little freshly grated nutmeg. Background flavors that you can’t spot but add up to delicious! Thanks for a great blog!

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    marcia — May 5, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    I recently made these cookies…..we love them! One hint I have, that worked well for me: When it came time to refrigerate the dough, I rolled it into long rolls, about the diameter of a baked cookie, then wrapped the dough. The next day, I simply sliced the cookies. No rolling out dough. No cookie cutters. Just slice and bake. Worked like a charm. I will be making this recipe more often!

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    Malkie — May 13, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

    Pinned these a whole ago. Finally made the dough last night and cookies and frosting today. I actually used an imitation sour cream as my husband can’t tolerate dairy. They came out gorgeous and delicious!! I only frosted 1/2 and put the rest in the freezer for another day. Thanx for the recipe – it’s a keeper!

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    Karen vaughn Davis — December 12, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    Hey, to all of you who need a much stiffer icing. Make royal icing, it has meringue in it and it hardens up but is still edible. And for all of you who need a clear Vanilla for the icing and white cookie, use Wilton’s Clear vanilla, you can purchase it at Walmart and Michaels “in the cake decorating section”, I also use clear butter flavoring. But when you change flavorings make sure to keep the same measurements of liquid so not to change the wetness of the recipe. And real butter has salt in it unless it is stated on the package; this recipe doesn’t call for unsalted butter, so it is regular butter.

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    Kelly — December 14, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

    These look and sound amazing, yum!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    Mary — December 17, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    I’ve made these probably dozens of times now, I love them so much! I bring giant plates into work and they are gone in minutes. Most recently I added 1tsp of nutmeg to make christmas cookies. So good!!!

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    Kellie — February 13, 2015 @ 2:48 pm

    I have made these cookies before, and they are amazing! My favorite soft sugar cookie that I’ve made. I’m about to make them right now, and realize that I don’t have sour cream…. Would plain greek yogurt make an okay substitute?

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    Faye — June 17, 2015 @ 3:16 am

    Hey, I don’t have heavy cream at the moment and I really want to make these. Do you have any substitutions on that?

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