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The Ultimate Sugar Cookies are just like Lofthouse Sugar Cookies; these are the ultimate, soft, cake-like cookie with a delicious frosting in a basket.

Ultimate Sugar Cookies

The Ultimate Sugar Cookies are just like Lofthouse Sugar Cookies; these are the ultimate, soft, cake-like cookie with a delicious frosting.
Course cookie
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie, soft, sugar
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 248 kcal



  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt
  • food coloring to color frosting optional
  • candy sprinkles to decorate optional


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or if using your hand mixer, a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for one minute until light and fluffy. Add sugar and continue beating together until creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add egg and egg white and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Mix in the sour cream and salt; beat at low speed until combined.
  5. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  6. Cover the bowl and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  7. When you are ready to make the cookies, preheat oven to 300°F; line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat; set aside.
  8. Scoop out the dough with 1 ounce a cookie scoop (or a ball size that is a little smaller than a golf ball) and roll them into balls in the palm of your hand. Fill a small cup with water and use it to moisten your fingertips as you press each dough ball onto the parchment paper. Form the dough into a circle that is about 2 ½ inch diameter. Leave about a half inch space between cookies.
  9. Bake in prepared baking sheets for 14 - 16 minutes, or until the dough has puffed up and is firm. You do not want the cookies to brown; transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.
  10. To make the frosting: combine the powdered sugar, butter, shortening, milk, vanilla, salt and food coloring; mix until well combined.
  11. Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles, if desired; allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container.
Nutrition Facts
Ultimate Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 98mg4%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 236IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 1500 calorie diet.