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Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies! Your favorite fluffy frosted sugar cookies except now you can roll them out and give them shape! 

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies

Before I go any further at all I wanna cut right to the chase so you can know why I made these Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies and it’s up here at the top before you stop reading. (Don’t worry; I do the fast scroll too. I won’t hold it against you.)

ANYWAY. Every year some food bloggers get together and share a bunch of cookie recipes to benefit the charity Cookies for Kids Cancer. We all donate to participate (as little as $5 or as much as we’d like) and then we share share share. The more people we reach the more good we can do.

Here’s why it matters:

  • Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease of children in the U.S.

  • The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) federal budget was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer received 7%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 4%.

  • 2/3 pediatric cancer patients will develop long-term side effects, many life-threatening — a result of the treatments that “cured” them.

  • Only 4 of the 12 most common types of childhood cancers have average survival rates over 80%.

  • 13,500 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year.

  • 40,000 U.S. children are actively battling cancer right now.

I really just can’t imagine.

 

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies

So in the interest of kids and charities and being part of a really great community, I give you my first cookie recipe of the holiday season. LOFTHOUSE CUT OUT COOKIES!!!

I was inspired by my grocery store bakery. You know, the place where the fluffy frosted Lofthouse Sugar Cookies live?

Lofthouse Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Usually Lofthouse cookies are round. That’s because the dough is soft and stickier than your typical roll out cookie dough. Shaping the dough into a ball is usually all you can manage.

But the Lofthouse Cookies at my grocery story were shaped like stars when I was strolling by last week. And I thought WELL, IF THEY CAN DO IT I CAN TOO. So I came home to figure it out.

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies Recipe

There are two tricks.

  • a little more flour
  • refrigeration

I knowwwwww. Refrigerating cookie dough is one of those things that makes you like STOPPPP complicating cookiesssss. But I promise it’s not for long, and also it’s necessary. I started with my friend Ashley’s Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Copycat Recipe. The dough is perfect.

To get fun shapes like this moose, I used floured hands and rolled the dough into a ball. Then I chilled it for 30 minutes.

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies

(these cookie cutters came from Ikea and I adore them)

The frosting I made is a little different. It sort of fills in smoothly and sets up – almost like royal frosting but less fussy. You can make it thick or more thinned by playing around with the amount of powdered sugar/milk.

And of course you’ll need sprinkles.

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies

 

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies

Yield: 12 - 16 large cookies
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies are soft and fluffy and frosted - all the things a holiday cookie should be! Note that 30 mins of refrigeration is added to the prep time.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Frosting

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3-5 tablespoons milk or cream

You also need

  • sprinkles
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter. Then add the eggs one at a time. Mix in the sour cream and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix well.
  5. With well floured hands, form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 30 minutes.
  6. On a well floured surface roll the dough out to 1/3 - 1/2" thick. Dust your cookie cutter's edge with flour before you start cutting.
  7. Place on ungreased cookie sheets, making sure to leave about 1 inch between each cookie.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then immediately remove from the oven. The cookies will appear under-baked a bit but this is what you want. Carefully transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and repeat.
  9. To make the frosting, beat together the powdered sugar and butter. Add the vanilla and salt and beat until combined. Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  10. Divide the frosting and use food coloring to give yourself variety. Frost the cookies, add sprinkles, and let them set up.

Notes

I like to work in batches here because these cookies are on the larger size. I form the dough back into a ball and refrigerate between baking and the chilled dough with the extra flour worked in makes the cutting easier as you go along.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 386 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 69mg Sodium: 370mg Carbohydrates: 56g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 34g Protein: 4g

 

Here’s that link to donate again

About Cookies for Kids Cancer: Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for new, innovative and less-toxic treatments for childhood cancer. Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted nearly $15 million to pediatric cancer research in the form of 100 research grants to leading pediatric cancer centers across the country. From these 100 grants have stemmed 37 treatments available to kids battling cancer TODAY.

Cookies I shared in years past…

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Double Ginger Cookie Recipe

Double Ginger Molasses Cookies

Pistachio Pudding Cookies Recipe

Pistachio Pudding Cookies

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies

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