Soft Frosted Cookies (Lofthouse Cookies)

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Soft frosted cookies are such a beautiful cake like cookie that is fluffier and creamier than traditional sugar cookies.
Prep: 12 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 24 minutes

Soft frosted cookies, otherwise known as Lofthouse Cookies, are such a beautiful cake like cookie that is fluffier and creamier than traditional sugar cookies.

soft frosted cookies on a white plate with a cup of coffee in the background

These soft frosted cookies are tender, rich and delicious. They are easy to make, can be used in so many cookie variations and are fabulous for cookie trays.

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These cookies start with a base cookie dough that can be turned into several types of cookies including Old Fashioned Thumbprint CookiesSprinkle Cookies and Hershey Kiss Sugar Cookies.


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If you are a fan of the soft, cake like cookies than these iced cookies are for you. The recipe is easy and the end results are always wonderful. Find out more here.

  • Minutes to Make: This recipe is so easy to make, no complicated ingredients or directions.
  • Family Friendly: Fun for kids to help frost and decorate.
  • Adaptable: Can make this batter into many different varieties of cookies.
lofthouse cookies on a white plate with sprinkles

What You Need to Make Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Shortening
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
INgredients for making soft iced cookies

Equipment

How to Make Soft Iced Cookies – Step by Step

step by step instructions for making soft iced cookies
  • Prep: First, preheat oven to 350 line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cream: Second, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar with an electric mixer and next add in eggs, vanilla, and instant pudding mix. Continue mixing until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Dry: In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt and next add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time mixing between additions until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Scoop: Next, using a dough scoop or spoon scoop drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake: Then bake for 12-15 minutes or until set and lightly golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Ice: Finally, frost with icing.
step by step instructions for making soft iced cookies

Common Questions About Buttercream Cookies

HOW DO I STORE SOFT FROSTED COOKIES?

The enemy is the air. Therefore, store in a zip top bag and suck out as much air as possible.

BAKING TIPS?

These cookies are better a little under done then over done, it is a good idea to know your oven temperature and test your first batch by watching them and pulling them out when just done.

ICING TIPS?

Always make sure that your cookies are completely cool. A cookie a little thicker holds the icing better and is a good compliment to the icing.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE FROZEN?

Of course, for the best results freeze the cookies baked but not iced. They will hold up best.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU MAKE WITH THIS SAME COOKIE DOUGH?

Great for so many variations, for example:
>Kiss Cookies
>Sprinkle Cookies
>Thumbprints

Soft cookies with icing on a white plate

Expert Tips for Making Soft Lofthouse Cookies

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and make different versions like the ones listed above.
  • Add Decorations and Sprinkles: Enhance the soft baked cookie with sprinkles and decorations.
  • Short cut tip: Use this amazing buttercream frosting recipe or alternatively use premade cookie icing like these.
  • Variation tip: Top with little candies after icing.
  • Fridge: Remember that if you use buttercream icing you must use right away or store in the fridge or freezer.

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Soft Frosted Cookies

Yield: 72 cookies
Prep: 12 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 24 minutes
Soft frosted cookies are such a beautiful cake like cookie that is fluffier and creamier than traditional sugar cookies.
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Ingredients

  • ¾ Cups Butter – softened
  • ¼ Cup Shortening
  • 1 ½ Cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 2 ½ Cups Flour
  • 1 Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cream together butter, shortening, and sugar with an electric mixer.
  • Add in eggs, vanilla, and instant pudding mix. Continue mixing until thoroughly incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time mixing between additions until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Using a dough scoop or spoon scoop drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until set and lightly golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Once cookies have cooled, frost with icing.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and make different versions like the ones listed above.
  • Add Decorations and Sprinkles: Enhance the soft baked cookie with sprinkles and decorations.
  • Short cut tip: Use this amazing buttercream frosting recipe or alternatively use premade cookie icing like these.
  • Variation tip: Top with little candies after icing.
  • Fridge: Remember that if you use buttercream icing you must use right away or store in the fridge or freezer.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies

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