Sugar Cookies (think Lofthouse)


I’ve got a great story for all of you. Go ahead, grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax. Welcome to my life. As many of you know, I am blessed with 4 awesome kids. Each with their own talents, and each with their own set of activities that keep us busy. Which means, yes, we get rotation onto snack duties when it comes to sports.
Now, I admit, I usually forget about snack duty until we are on the way to that game and we have to run into the store and end up buying some juice boxes and bags of chips or cookies. But this time, I was inspired. Plus, my daughter begged me to bake something for her snack.
We were leaving for camp the following day, but I decided to take 3 hours out of my day to make cookies. Cookies shaped like softballs.


They turned out so cute. I used a thinner frosting for the softball cookies for snack day, and the remaining cookies I used my traditional sugar cookie frosting recipe. These cookies are about as close as I have been able to get to making Lofthouse cookies. Have you had a lofthouse cookie before? I could eat a whole package. Yum.
I digress, back to the story. So, I painstakingly decorated 25 beautiful softballs (way more than necessary, but thought at least the players siblings could have some too)! I put them each in little baggies, and stacked them lovingly in a tray to bring to the game.



I made these using my 4inch cookie cutter, so they are quite big. I made about 50 cookies in total. Yes, this recipe calls for alot of cookies. You can cut your shapes and place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer for an hour, then transfer to a ziploc bag for future use.
Around 4pm the rain started and within the hour, the game was cancelled. Did I mention we were leaving for camp? Now, not only had a made all of these cute cookies, but this was her last game of the season (we would miss her actual last game while camping). All this work for nothing. Totally my luck too. The one time I try to play super mom, it backfires. And now, I have spent all afternoon baking when I should have been packing and cleaning for vacation! Ah well, it makes for a good picture, right?


Yield: 5 dozen

Lofthouse Copy Cat Cookies

Lofthouse Copy Cat Cookies
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 minutes


for the cookies:

  • 2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 cup flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp corn syrup

For the fluffy frosting:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 9 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup milk

for the baseball cookie icing:

  • 4 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp lemon flavored extract
  • red wilton's candy melts


  1. For cookies, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla and milk. Stir in remaining ingredients. Dough will be very sticky and soft. Place on a well floured surface (about 1/2 cup flour), and knead dough until pliable. Roll out to about 1/3 inch thick (the key to getting them like a Lofthouse is to roll them thicker). Cut into shapes and place on cookie sheet (I used a 4inch circle cutter).
  2. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be soft. Cool and frost.
  3. For frosting, beat butter with powdered sugar, corn syrup and milk. Add more milk if necessary to get to desired consistency. This recipe makes a lot of frosting, but like a Lofthouse, put it on thick! Add sprinkles if desired!
  4. To make the frosting for the baseballs, mix first four ingredients until smooth. Add more milk if necessary. You don't want it too thin that it drips off cookie though. Place in ziploc, cut tip of bag, and frost cookies. Place immediately in refrigerator to harden. Remove. In small bowl melt red wilton's candy melts (about 1/2 cup). Place in ziploc, cut tip of bag, and pipe onto cookies to resemble baseball. Enjoy!



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37 comments on “Sugar Cookies (think Lofthouse)”

  1. Following with GFC and Liked you on FB!

    Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time, hope to see you every weekend!

    I would love if you could grab one of the party buttons to help spread the word. I hope I didn’t miss it on here. Thanks again for joining the fun and sharing your sweet treats!

  2. Aww, I’m sorry you didn’t get to bring these cute cookies! I’m sure they’ll make a great camping snack though. 🙂

  3. I’ve never used corn syrup in frosting so I’m dying to know how it tastes and to try it out. I love frosted cookies. These look amazing!

  4. Aww there adorable. Sorry about the rain 🙁 stupid Murphy’s Law. At least you have some good desserts for camping 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh! These cookies look so good, I can’t wait to try them. 🙂

  6. It makes em smile because last week I baked a cake for a local Alpha course meal, as I have been doing every week lately, got there at the usual time to drop it off, only to find the course was having a week off!

    Oh well, more cake for us!

  7. These are my little brother’s favorite cookies! I will be making them soon!

  8. These are absolutely one of my fav cookies. I could eat a dozen in the blink of an eye! Yum.

  9. So you were left with some yummy cookies–could be the best part of camping!
    They look delish.

  10. Your story sounds like something that would happen to me! I am going to try this recipe out. All the cookbook sugar cookie recipes get dubbed flour cookies around here. I love going places and getting a really good sugar cookie, but can never recreate the magic at home. I hope this works!

  11. Lofthouse cookies are my husbands absolute FAV!!! Can you believe he likes them better then any I make? I will have to try this sometime and see if i can trick him:-) That means I will have to buy a box, just to have the proper packaging!!! LOL!!! Thanks for sharing this.

  12. How cute are these. Would you come over to my link party tomorrow and share your recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday?
    I hope to see you there!

  13. You are a good mama, those cookies are so cute and tasty I am sure. I love lotfhouse cookies, they are so bad and so good at the same time.

  14. Isn’t that just soooo typical!?!?! lol Sounds like my life;) I LOVE those cookies-ditto on the whole pkg!!

  15. These are my favorite type of cookies, I can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing…I saw your recipe on a couple different blog hops.

  16. Would you believe I’ve never eaten Lofthouse cookies before? They do sound good though and I like your cute little baseballs.

  17. mmmmmm Lofthouse cookies are the best! I have to hide them from the kids. 🙂 Found you @ Creative Juice

  18. I was JUST looking for a good sugar cookie recipe! thanks!

  19. Cute cookies. Your daughter looks pretty happy with that cookie, and that’s what it all about.

  20. I have made almost this exact recipe. They are my favorite sugar cookie recipe on my blog. I am a new follower!

  21. omg the cookies that i buy in the store like that are my favvvorite! thanks for the recipe!

  22. What a precious Ball Player! The cookie looks delicious and great presentation. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and I look forward to seeing you again real soon.
    Have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  23. I can do some serious damage to a container of Lofthouse cookies.

  24. Oh yum! I would like about 3 of these for breakfast right now!

  25. I can’t wait to try these, especially the frosting. Love them! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life’s Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  26. I need to try this recipe. My husband LOVES Lofthouse Cookies. He would really love it if I could imitate them.

  27. I love a good sugar cookie recipe! I must try this one now! Thanks so much for sharing! I came form Sweet as Sugar Cookies Linky! I’m your newest follower and would love a follow-back @ !

  28. Awww…I’m so sorry to hear that the game was rained out and that your cookie heroics were foiled! They were, indeed, spectacularly decorated cookies and sound delicious too!

    I’ve been looking for an ultimate sugar cookie recipe for years and haven’t found my winner yet, but I’m getting a really excited feeling that I may have found the “holy grail” in yours! Can’t wait to try!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  29. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I always love your stuff! I hope you come back and visit us tomorrow.
    Thanks again.
    I hope to see you there!

  30. Just tried the sugar cookie recipe! yummy! thanks!!

    Not quite as pretty as your baseballs, but I DID have the kids helping me! haha!

  31. That would make such a great after baseball game treat!

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice last week. Hope to see you back this evening

  32. Okay so I am ready to make these yummy looing cookies do I need the vanilla bean? That is something I have never purchase…….

  33. YUM! I’ve been looking for a sugar cookie recipe like this!

    I love your blog and am a follower! I love all the great pictures and delicious posts!

    I’m hosting a link party…”Fusion Fridays” {Open All Weekend!}

    I would love it if you would come by tomorrow and link up!

  34. I came across your site by accident, I don’t even know how!! I love your posts!! I’m a ThirtyOne Sr Consultant and now when I give someone a brownie mix to start their party I’m going to add the recipe for Mint Brownies, yum!!

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