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Lofthouse Cookie Madness

by on August 7, 2010 · 12 comments

Okay, so I’m still a little obsessed with Lofthouse cookies. I’ll be over it in the next few days, but for now here’s a list of recipes I’ve tried plus a few that I haven’t. If you’ve got another Lofthouse clone, feel free to post it in the comment section and I’ll move it up to the post area.

Lofthouse Cookies

Also, I’m posting ingredient lists for comparison. Full recipes are located at the links. Most of them just call for the creaming method.

Update — I was promised via Twitter that this recipe is the one.  Will try soon.

Recipe Goldmine – I liked this one best, but it was the least like Lofthouse. The cookies are puffy, golden, cakey and bendy rather than crumbly. They have a great flavor, though, and after storing them frosted overnight, they tasted even better (though still not crumbly). Make sure to use salted butter. If not, you’ll need to figure out how much salt to use.

1 cup butter (salted)
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I added a little almond)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups sour cream
5-6 cups flour (until desired consistency for rolling)

Mangio Da Solo – Same as above, but I liked the pictures. This is a good example of what the Recipe Goldmine version looks like — puffy, cakey and slightly golden. Of all the recipes I tried, this was my favorite even though it was farthest away from Lofthouse.

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups sour cream
5-6 cups AP flour, until desired consistency for rolling

Two Peas in A Bucket – This thread is a fun read, but it gets kind of confusing. One member says she has the original ingredient list for the cookie and frosting. A few more members try it and near the end of the thread there’s a “final” version of the recipe with step-by-step directions. I liked the cookies, but they weren’t quite it. What I loved was the icing recipe created by the lady who used egg white, shortening, butter and powdered sugar.

Two Peas in a Bucket

2 eggs
2 cups sugar (old recipe didn’t say what kind)
2 cups cream (old recipe didn’t say what kind)
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups shortening
Vanilla to taste
8 cups flour (enough to make a dough)

Toasty Frog – This is a nice little rundown. She tried three recipes, including the one from Two Peas and a Bucket that’s supposed to be the original. Her notes are on her blog. The (few) notes written next to the ingredients below are mine.

Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookies — haven’t tried it, but these look similar to sawdust cookies.

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour

Roxymom’s Sugar Cookies – Made these yesterday with sour cream. Will try again with cream, but I don’t think these are quite it. I shouldn’t judge until I make these with cream.

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup heavy cream (Toasty frog used whole milk, I tried with sour cream)
2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Purported Original Lofthouse Cookie Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Bucket and tested by Toasty Frog, though she used whole milk. I tested with sour cream. These didn’t have a good flavor and were too dense and heavy. The original could be based on these proportions, but if so they are making them different at the factory. Plus, this recipe is missing powdered sugar and the Lofthouse label calls for powdered sugar. I will test again with real cream, but I don’t think that would help the flavor much.

2 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups cream (Toasty Frog used whole milk in place of cream)
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups shortening
Vanilla to taste
8 cups flour (enough to make a dough)

Sister’s Dish – This one calls for a cup of shortening. I’m going to have to try it, but I held off because so many readers hate shortening. Also, the label for Lofthouse cookies and the grocery store bakery copy cat versions (H.E.B. sells their own version) call for margarine.

1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 t. vanilla
2 eggs
4 1/2 – 5 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1/2 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder

John’s Recipe from Comment Section of previous post – looks promising. Doesn’t have any milk or sour cream, so I expect it will be a very crumbly, dense but light sugar cookie. It looks a lot like my old Sawdust Cookie recipe, but the cornstarch is an interesting addition and may give the crumbly/dusty texture.

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

This one was sent by Erin who has been making it for years and gets lots of requests for it.

Erin’s Sugar Cookies

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

Mix first 3 ingredients 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. Roll about 1/4 inch thick and cut out shapes or circles. Bake @ 400* for 6-7 minutes Frost with homemade butter cream tinted pink or canned frosting tinted pink… add sprinkles!

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Published on August 7, 2010

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Sue August 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm

What a list!
I was near Target this morning and had to restrain myself from going in there to see if they have the Lofthouse cookies as Andrea suggested in the previous thread. I’ll have one someday soon I’m sure. In the meantime I’ll enjoy reading about your attempts.

Tina from PA August 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm

This is just too funny ! I’ll wait to try any of the above recipes until you say “I found it ! This taste exactly like Lofthouse !” I have faith in you and I’ll be waiting !

Beth August 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Wow! Even if these recipes don’t taste like Lofthouse, they’ll still be nice to try for a new sugar cookie recipe. Thanks for the list!!!

Shar August 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Anna, here is the one from Carrie’s Cooking.

http://cookingwithcarrie.blogspot.com/2009/06/soft-sugar-cookies.html

Sarah August 9, 2010 at 9:27 am

Crazy how many recipes of Lofthouse-like cookies there are! Like Tina, I’ll just wait to see what you think. Making all these cookies would be bad for me. haha

kitchen koala August 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Hmm…I’ll have to keep my eye out for your results :) I’ve been looking for a Lofthouse cookie clone recipe for a while, but none “seem” right. Maybe it’s a good thing I don’t know how to make these highly addictive cookies on my own, right?

Tabitha September 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

These all look delicious, but which ones are closest to actual lofthouse cookies because I’m dying to make my own.

Thanks!

Kay November 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

Just by accident I found the easiest, best tasting, close to Lofthouse Cookie Recipe from Recipe Buzz at allrecipes.com. It uses Jiffy Baking Mix, and the recipe is actually on the box — and incredibly easy!

2 c. Jiffy Baking Mix
2/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. milk
5 T. Crisco
1 egg

Canned vanilla frosting or make your own .

Mix all together until blended. Drop by full teaspoonsful (walnut size). Bake 8-10 minutes @350. Mine do best at 9 minutes.

Be careful. These are addicting!

Kay November 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

Just to clarify– do not add frosting to the cookie recipe. Frost cookies after they are cool. Can use sprinkles, too for the authentic Lofthouse Cookie “look.”

Anna November 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

Kay, thanks for the recipe! Hopefully I’ll be able to find the Jiffy Baking Mix at my grocery store. I know they have some of the Jiffy products, but I’m not sure they have the baking mix. What’s funny is I just tried a Black & White Cookie from Juniors in New York City, and I am almost positive they use some sort of doctored cake/baking mix recipe as well. Maybe this could be a Black & White Cookie base as well.

DADA February 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

I met an old college friend of the original inventor?? of the Lofthouse cookie. He had a platter of them on his counter and offered me one. He laughed and said that his freezer was full of them. That his friend was testing the recipe and didn’t know what to do with all of them. BUT he did unknowingly give a secret. He called them wedding cake cookies. Now that I’m hooked on them I wish I’d offered to help him test the recipes. I guess he is “rolling in the dough now” haha

alison July 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

They don’t give the exact recipe. But we also are making them in mass quantity. I worked at Ralcorp in Ogden,UT.I have yet to find a sugar cookie recipe with the ingredients I know I put in. Maybe someone could make a recipe similar to Lofthouse. I know it has: powdered sugar, cornstarch,cream of tartar,cream, and margerine (not crisco, but it’s the reason for a longer shelf life) help me find the right way to make them. A funny thing was when i was pregnant.i was addicted to the peppermint frosted cookies. They are seasonal and stop making them in January. I actually started buying the regular cookies, slicing off the regular frosting, getting container of vanilla frosting added peppermint extract them smashed up candy cane s and sprinkled in top. I My husband would rather have gone to get ice cream in the middle of the night

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