Lofthouse Cookie Copycat RECIPE (those soft pretty frosted sugar cookies you get at Publix)


OOOOKAY friends I know I just posted BUT I HAVE to share this COPYCAT LOFTHOUSE COOKIE recipe with you!


But first, a picture of Chris Evans.

I got this somewhere on the internet I don't remember I hope I don't get sued

Anywho.

These are Lofthouse cookies:
"Patriotic!"

At my house, we call them July 4th cookies because that's when we always get them. It was only recently I learned they came in other colors for other seasons.

How to make your own Lofthouse cookies:

1. Make the COOKIES:
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (omit if using salted margarine)
1 cup unsalted butter or margarine
1/4 cup vegetable shortening, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla (be generous. Real punks don't measure their vanilla)
2 tsp milk (plant-based or dairy)
2 tsp canola oil
    1. Preheat oven to 375°. Mix flour, baking soda and salt (if using). With an electric mixer, beat butter, shortening, and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, oil, vanilla and milk and beat until smooth. Beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture until smooth. 
    2. Chill the dough for about 1 hr.
    3. Line trays with parchment or bake-safe silicon mats. Roll the dough into balls, a little smaller than a tablespoon in size. Place them about 1 inch each apart on baking trays. They will expand a little bit, but not too much, so make them slightly smaller than the result you want.
    4. Bake 5-7 minutes, just until the top looks matte instead of shiny. Cool the trays on wire racks for ten minutes, then let the cookies cool on the racks, without the trays.

2. Make the FROSTING:
1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine
2 cups powdered sugar + more as needed
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk (plant-based or dairy)
pinch of salt if using unsalted butter
food coloring if desired- I've never used food coloring for these cookies, but I just got some spirulina so I might try coloring with that sometime.
      1. Mix all ingredients together. Add powdered sugar until the frosting is very thick.  this frosting
      2. Spread frosting in a circle over each cooled cookie.

3. Add red, white and blue SPRINKLES!

I adapted the cookie recipe from my Mint Chocolate Reindeer cookies in Space Coast Living and the frosting recipe from Sugar Geek Show's Copycat Lofthouse Cookies Buttercream (would've just linked to that from the beginning, but I've edited it so much that it's not the same recipe anymore).


The frosting tastes a little creamier than the Lofthouse cookie frosting, but I think that if you gave someone one of these cookies and told them you had just taken it out of one of those iconic plastic boxes from Publix they would believe you.


Happy American Independence Day. I think it's worth celebrating a country full of people committed to advocacy for progress. Wear your masks, be kind to each other and try not to trash the environment xo. If you make these, tag me on Instagram or Facebook, comment below, and/or email me!

World peace and love,

Heather


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