Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

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Remember those cookies from the grocery store that are covered in brightly-colored frosting and then topped with sprinkles, Lofthouse Cookies is their official name.
Cookie Ingredients:
 3 cups all-purpose flour
 1 cup sugar
 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
 2 eggs
 3/4 cup sour cream
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
 3 cups powdered sugar
 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, optional
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 2-3 tablespoons whole milk or heavy cream
 Food coloring, if desired
 Sprinkles, garnish
Preheat oven to 425ยบ F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined. Set aside.
In a large bowl or mixer, cream together butter and sugar for 3-5 minutes, or until fluffy and lightened in color.  Scrape down sides as needed.
One at a time, beat in eggs, then mix in sour cream and vanilla extract.  Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until just incorporated.
Divide cookie dough in half and transfer to 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Wrap tightly and refrigerate or freeze until firm and chilled.
Roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to form cookies, or scoop dough into 2-inch balls and use a flat-bottomed drinking glass to gently flatten.
Transfer cookies to baking sheet and place in oven. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until pale golden on the bottom. Do not overbake.
 Remove cookies from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Start frosting by creaming together butter, vegetable shortening (if using), powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
Working with 1 tablespoon at a time, gradually whisk in milk or heavy cream until desired consistency is reached. Add food coloring, then frost cooled cookies, adding sprinkles if desired. Let frosting set before serving.
The two main ingredients that set this recipe apart from other sugar cookie recipes are sour cream (in the cookie dough) and vegetable shortening (in the frosting). The sour cream adds moisture and lightness to the dough, and keeps it from being tough or chewy; the vegetable shortening is used to help the frosting set, to get the slightly crisp shell, leaving light and fluffy frosting underneath.  

Doris Clark

Member since Jun 2007

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