6/29/10

LoftHouse Style Cookies - Thick and Soft with loads of Frosting

You might think from the lack of new recipes that I haven't been cooking lately... you would be wrong! However, it has been difficult to find the time to upload photos and post. Time. Never enough of it!!
On Sunday I was craving Lofthouse Cookies - if you haven't heard of the name, you still might know the cookie; a white, round sugar cookie sold in the grocery store, Target or Walmart, etc. with bright colorful pink, blue, red/white/blue frosting and lots of sprinkles. At $2.99 - $4.99 for a container of about 10 cookies, they are a budget breaker!

What is amazing about these cookies is that on their own, without frosting... they really aren't that great. They are a thick, soft, fluffy cookie that is NOT very sweet. However, these cookies must be frosted! And once you add a sweet creamy frosting and sprinkles, magic happens. They become addictive!

I actually have a recipe in my files that is very, very similar to the LoftHouse cookies. I've had it since oh, 1992 or so. I don't make it often though because when I make sugar cookies it's usually for a holiday or a 'theme' and I like use cookie cutters and cut them out. The dough to LoftHouse style cookies is a very sticky dough that uses a lot of flour - but also spreads and doesn't hold detailed shape well. Perfect for a round, plain cookie.

However, on Sunday I decided to make this style cookie and because I didn't feel like digging through my recipe books, I searched the internet for various recipes to see what I could find. In the end I printed out three (3) different recipes for sugar cookies and then used that as my basis to 'meld' them together and see what I get.

I topped them not with homemade frosting this time (sorry - but no time!) I simply used the pink vanilla frosting with pastel sprinkles you find in the store.

Thick, Soft and Not Sweet Sugar Cookie -
~Similar to Lofthouse and Must be Frosted to Create the Magic Taste

1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 c shortening
1 1/4 c sugar
1 egg
1 c sour cream
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
3/4 t almond extract
3 cups AP flour
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt

Cream shortening, butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg, sour cream, vanilla and almond extract. Add dry ingredients together in separate bowl. Slowly blend dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. Don't overmix. Scoop walnut sized rounds and drop onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press down on them just a bit to flatten the top. Bake 9 minutes at 425 degrees. Don't over bake or let them get brown. Let cool completely and then top with a sweet frosting. Store bought vanilla or pink vanilla works great - not exactly like Lofthouse, but similar and very quick and easy if you are in a hurry.
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