Lofthouse Cookie Clone

It had been a while since I’d eaten a Lofthouse cookie, but they came up in conversation so I picked up a box to refresh my memory. Given the rave reviews, I was excited about re-trying them since I’d completely forgotten how they tasted. I chose the ones with blue frosting and Fuzz approved.

Lofthouse Cookies

One thing I’d heard about Lofthouse cookies is that they are addictive, so Fuzz and I held off sampling until after we’d eaten a healthy protein packed lunch to offset the urge to eat the whole carton. Fuzz noted the serving size was “one cookie” and said she would eat only eat one.   That worked for her, but it was harder for me because the cookies were better than I’d remembered. They were white as snow, soft, almost as crumbly as polvorones, and had a lot of flavor from whatever blend of extracts they used. I figured they’d be difficult to clone at home and I was right.

First, I made a batch of the old Recipe Goldmine Lofthouse clone which I’d made in the past. Those cookies were delicious, but they were too puffy, cakey and yellow.  Still, they were really good — especially after sitting frosted in a closed container overnight.  They were more like mini iced yellow cakes.

Lofthouse Cookies

Next I tried a few recipes in a thread by some ladies who were doing their own cloning, including one who claimed she had the original ingredient list. I tried her recipe plus a few others in the thread (none of the ones including cake mix, though) and didn’t feel the cookies were very tasty.  They were definitely denser than the previous, cakey & yellow clone, but just not as flavorful.

Finally, I tried going off on my own. I tried a few recipes with heavy cream, a few more with sour cream, and because rice flour was an ingredient on the label of the original cookies, I tried incorporating it into a few recipes. None of my cookies were as good as Lofthouse or even the original cakey recipe (first one I mentioned).

In the end, and I’m sorry to have such boring results, the old original clone version — the one on Recipe Goldmine was the best tasting of the bunch. Of course that’s partially due to the icing. I tried lots of variations. Italian Meringue wasn’t sweet enough and neither was a marshmallow butter cream. The basic butter cream recipe on the side of the powdered sugar box was delicious, but I hate to say that the most delicious, best textured frosting was one from a scrapbookers thread that was made with egg whites, shortening, butter, powdered sugar and flavorings. I liked the flavor and loved how it crusted over like the original Lofthouse frosting. What I didn’t like was that it had raw egg and shortening. The raw egg problem had an easy fix – pasteurized egg whites did the trick. As for the shortening, I tried substituting butter. That worked just fine, but the version with half shortening and half butter had a more ethereal texture. In the end, here’s the final recipe. It’s not quite a Lofthouse clone, but it makes really tasty sugar cookies that taste better on day 2.

By the way, Fuzz decorated the cookie. She insisted on squeezing some of that yellow decorating icing, the kind that comes in a tube, on top.

Lofthouse Clones

Lofthouse Cookie Clone
 
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Cookie similar to Lofthouse cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 60
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream, room temperature
  • 5-6 cups flour (until desired consistency for rolling) -- I used 6
Frosting
  • 2 large egg whites (large), pasteurized
  • 4 oz salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening, softened
  • 4 ½ cups of powdered sugar.
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add sugar and continue beating until creamy and light.
  3. Add eggs one by one, beating until incorporated. Beat in vanilla, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Stir in the sour cream.
  5. Add the flour and mix until incorporated.
  6. Put half the dough in the refrigerator until ready to use. Roll the remaining dough about 1/4 inch thick and cut into small circles. Arrange on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly brown around the edges. Bake one sheet at a time until dough is gone.
  7. Frosting: Put the whites in the bowl of the standing mixer and begin beating. You can use the paddle or the whisk attachment for this. Add the butter and shortening and beat on high. Stir in half of the sugar. Beat until creamy, then add remaining sugar and flavorings. Continue beating until light and creamy. Spread on cookies
Notes
For best results, weigh your flour. 1 cup should be about 4.5 ounces on a scale, so if you use 5 cups you'll use about 22.5 ounces of flour. I used 6 cups, which was 27 ounces. If you don't have a scale, make sure to stir and fluff up your flour before using. If you pack it into the cup, you'll use too much and the cookies might be a little dry.

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Comments

  1. corinne says

    A friend and I got a container of mini-Lofthouses once, and thought we could somehow eat less that way… definitely ate the entire thing of them that afternoon. So so delicious. And we are so so fat.

  2. Shannon says

    It sounds like you made a lot of cookies! I don’t know if I’ve had Lofthouse cookies before. I know I’ve had cookies from grocery store bakery departmens that look like the Lofthouse one pictured. They are sweet and soft, but dense, and the icing really makes them. I’ve never had a homemade sugar cookie that tastes the same, so I imagine this was indeed a hard one to clone!

  3. says

    Lofthouse cookies must be a regional thing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them here. I’m glad you have a recipe that you like even if it’s not a perfect clone.

  4. Francesca says

    You made them!! I was SO tempted to buy a container at the store the other night – I didn’t, though, because one cookie has 180 calories! Yikes! In the past, I used to eat two per night. I even used to keep some in my car, so that I could eat them after my commute to school. Needless to say, I LOVE these cookies! I might have to try your version in the future! Thanks so much! Yummy!

  5. says

    Corinne, that is so funny!

    Sue, they have them at Wal&Mart & Sam’s Club. I’m sure you can find them somewhere in MN. I think they originated out west, though…I should just check their page.

    Sarah, I agree. Every so often I’ll buy grocery store bakery cookies just to see if I’m missing out on anything. It seems I’m not. Well, except for the Publix Calypso Cookies.

    Francesca, I think you should just buy the cookies. The clone recipe on-line is very good, but it’s different than the real cookies.

  6. Lynette says

    Sigh….sorry Anna that you made so many cookies trying to copy something that seems so much easier to just grab at the store! How I would love to have the exact recipe of these cookies, but if it is so hard to copy – I think I’ll just forgo and grab a box. I actually can only eat 1, because while they are yummy, I’m just not a fan of sugar cookies. My kids and hubby love them though, so I pick up a box for special occassions. There are just some things (Mother’s Iced Animal Cookies, Chips A hoy, Oreo’s) that do taste better store bought! Hard to admit for someone like me who likes to learn to do everything from scratch and use clone recipes that taste better at home!

  7. says

    Jessica, that is crazy! Lofthouse has a hold on VA. Ha.

    Lynette, thanks for the empathy. I guess if Lofthouse cookies disappeared then it would be worth having a clone, but for the time and money spent on ingredients, I think it is better just to pick them up at the store. About sugar cookies, they’re not my favorite either but the Lofthouse cookies are beyond sugar cookies. The blue icing makes them special ;).

  8. Louise says

    I’ve never seen Lofthouse cookies, but I guess the next time I’m in Walmart I’ll have to look. I’d have to peel off the frosting. :-0

  9. Anonymous says

    These look so pretty. Probably not something that I’d be tempted by, but when I tried Publix Calypso cookies, I was amazed at how good they were. I always get a laugh out of what constitutes a serving size on packaged goods, especially sweets. More often than not they deliberately make a serving size unreasonably small to make the sugars and fats look less daunting!

  10. Tina from PA says

    I love Lofthouse cookies ! You should start a Lofthouse fan club ! HaHa ! Have you ever tried Cheryl & Co. ? QVC sells them ,my sister lives in Ohio & she buys them all the time she says they are out of this world ! I’m too cheap to pay QVC ‘s s&h !

  11. Brenda says

    I’ve never heard of or eaten a Lofthouse cookie. I’m guessing we don’t get them in Canada. Not in Toronto anyway. They look yummy though, I love anything with frosting!!

  12. says

    I actually wrote an “Ode to Pink Icing” when I was younger in honor of these cookies. They are SO good! I can imagine that the texture of the cookie is pretty hard to duplicate… might have to pick up a box before too long!

  13. says

    I remember seeing them most of individually wrapped at convenience stores. They were the size of your head and always had pink frosting.
    But I do see them in the grocery stores now for all holidays. Sugar not my favorite cookie–there’s no chocolate! ;)
    Great decorating, Fuzz.

  14. Sandy says

    I’m not a big fan of Lofthouse cookies. To me they leave an aftertaste of uncooked flour. My husband and daughter, on the other hand, could knock off a box in one sitting if I let them. Since the price of the cookies is something else I don’t like, I’m definitely going to try your clone version. Thanks!

  15. Pam says

    I’ve always thought the cookie part of Lofthouse cookies tasted like a recipe I make that uses cream cheese and powdered sugar and has no eggs. I’ve never tried to duplicate the icing, so I have no idea what to use for that. Let me know if you want the recipe for the cookies to conduct further experiments.

  16. Kris says

    These are the only cookies my son will eat…we always have a fresh supply in our house! We can find them most anywhere here in central Kentucky. We usually get them at Walmart in the bakery section.

  17. says

    I love those cookies, and hate them at the same time. I swear I’ll only eat one, but they’re like cookie crack. I keep saying just one more, and then before you know it the package is gone. I think that the reason no one can successfully clone them is that they’re made by aliens. How else could they be so good?

  18. John says

    Have you tried making them with cake flour or 1/2 cake flour and 1/2 AP flour? I also seem to taste corn starch in the cookies when I eat them. Just a thought.

  19. John says

    This Amish recipe sounds like it would be close, but I will have to try it first to be sure.

    AMISH SUGAR COOKIES

    1 c. sugar
    1 c. confectioners’ sugar
    1 c. butter
    1 c. oil
    2 eggs
    3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
    1 c. cornstarch
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp cream of tartar
    1 tsp vanilla extract

    Combine sugars, butter, and oil; beat well. Add eggs, beating well. Add cornstarch, baking soda, and cream of tartar to flour. Mix all ingredients and drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake @ 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

  20. says

    John, thank! I’m going to try that one next week. I have a couple of others to test as well. Even if none of them are identical to Lofthouse, it will be good to have some new and good sugar cookie recipes.

    About the cake flour, at first I was trying to go in accordance with the Lofthouse ingredient list which from memory, is something like this — flour, butter, confectioners sugar, sugar, eggs, rice flour, water, non-dairy milk powder….not necessarily in that exact order, but something close to (I threw away the label). Our grocery store, H.E.B. has a house brand and their ingredient list is similar except that they designate the flour as “bleached” and rather than rice flour, they use “modified food starch”. So I think they do incorporate some sort of start be it rice flour or cornstarch. Cornstarch is less expensive. Neither ingredient list mentioned cake flour, but I should try that too.

    At this point I need to “step away” from their ingredient list and focus on what home ingredients I have will come close to the real thing.

  21. JackieJo says

    I love lofthouse cookies….they make a chocolate cookie too. I think I am going to start with your recipe and try to make the chocolate ones….

  22. Erin McMilon says

    Try this recipe – I’ve been making it for YEARS and they are requested by family and friends all the time… in fact, they are called Erin Cookies by the same bunch! I made these long before Lofthouse Cookies were in the stores!

    3/4 c butter
    3/4 c sugar
    2 eggs
    2 t baking powder
    2 t vanilla
    3-4 c flour

    Mix first 3 til fluffy, add next two, stir to incorporate, add in flour 1 cup at a time – depending on weather you might need more or less flour… add 3 for sure and then more as needed to get a rolled out cookie dough texture –
    Bake @ 400* for 6-7 minutes
    Frost with homemade butter cream tinted pink or canned frosting tinted pink… add sprinkles!

  23. Erin McMilon says

    I forgot the step to roll out to 1/4 inch or so and cut with a circle cutter (a glass, cookie or biscuit cutter works!)

  24. says

    I haven’t had these before, but I’m all about sugar cookies so I know they’d be right up my alley and I’ll have to try them!

  25. says

    I needed out of the house this afternoon and headed to Target to buy a book to read. While I was there I remembered that Andrea said that Target has the Lofthouse cookies so I looked for them in the new grocery section our local Target added. I looked with the bakery goods and on the shelves with the packaged cookies like Oreos. My Target doesn’t have anything that says Lofthouse on the label, but they did have Market Pantry cookies that look suspiciously like the cookies in Anna’s photo and they have the same calorie count. I think the ingredient list is similar too, so I bought some. I can see how kids would love these, as well as adults who love soft sugar cookies, or just want a sugar fix.

  26. says

    My FAVORITE loft house cookies are sold at Sheetz gas stations on the east coast. They always have pink frosting, are soft as pillows, and are always better a couple of days later. I usually buy the day-old ones for a cheaper price. I had no idea they had a name, much less a full genre!

  27. Louise says

    Feeling the peer pressure of this blog and never having had them before, I purchased the pink frosted Lofthouse cookies today at Walmart. I had one with my coffee when I returned from the gym. There’s some kind of aftertaste, sort of like citric acid, but that’s probably not it. I didn’t like the “fluffy” texture, so maybe I’ll do like AJ and keep them awhile before trying them again. I think the “sell by” date is a month away, so I should probably wait a bit. I’d hate to think there’s a cookie I don’t like, but it’s probably a good thing as I can save the calories for something else. :-)

  28. says

    I wondered if that taste came from cream of tartar? It doesn’t list cream of tartar on the ingredients on the package I bought, but of course that doesn’t mean it isn’t in there.

  29. says

    I gave away the rest of my cookies, but if I had a package here I’d look again. I just looked up cream of tartar and it’s also called, “potassium hydrogen tartrate”. I wonder if it’s in there?

  30. says

    Louise and Sue, maybe you tasted cornstarch? John mentioned tasting a starchy flavor. Metallic or bitter flavor would probably be baking powder or cream of tartar.

  31. says

    I have never tried a Lofthouse cookie until yesterday. Right as I walked into Walmart they had a huge display of brightly covered cookies and I thought “those must be those cookies Anna blogged about.” I bought some green ones and *oh my holy heavens*. They were delicious. So light. So buttery and delicious. Not at all what I thought they would taste like.

  32. Louise says

    In my area, Walmart sells Lofthouse cookies for $2.75 but they are $4.45 in the Giant grocery store. :-) Luckily they don’t appeal to me. I think I tasted the titanium dioxide. ;-)

  33. Shannon says

    Anna, do you have a link to the frosting recipe that you mentioned with the egg white, shortening, butter, powdered sugar etc? I want to try some of these recipes this week and need a really good frosting recipe to go with them. Thanks.

  34. Shannon says

    hmmm, I guess I could have scrolled down to the end of your recipe and realize the frosting recipe it posted right there- sorry!!

  35. tasha says

    oh my.. ah i love loft house cookies! Got some sitting right here! Cream cheese is them some where cause its listed as one of the ingredients on the back!

  36. Amy says

    Have you tried the cookie recipe on the Jiffy Baking Mix box? I found a recipe on all recipes that uses it and they look very similar. She even did a blog with comparisons to different baking mixes. The user is mis7up.

  37. says

    Whenever I walk by these cookies in the local grocery store bakery, I am compelled to buy them – they look so amazingly sweet and bright. Of course, the baker part of my brain always wins out – why buy cookies when I can make perfectly good ones at home? Now, you’ve given me the key to make the cookies I’ve always wanted, but never ended up with. Thank you so much for all your experimenting (I’m sure the taste testing was tough!)

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