Monday, June 18, 2012

Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

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This month's Secret Recipe Club assignment was Jennifer's blog over at Mother Thyme. As soon as I typed in her URL I instantly fell in love! Her pictures are gorgeous and she makes everything look so appetizing. I definitely had a tough time narrowing down which recipe I wanted to make. Luckily I was hosting a bridal luncheon for my bridal party and I had previously decided I wanted to make cookies to use as place cards. As soon as I saw this recipe for Lofthouse Sugar Cookies, I was sold.
I ended up writing all the names of my bridal party on them...
Moist and delicious is an understatement for these cookies. Cake flour really makes them light and fluffy and the sour cream makes them extra moist. I know most of us typically go to the grocery store and buy the pre-packaged sugar cookie dough in the refrigerated section, but even though those are addicting, this homemade version definitely gives them a run for their money. They are SO good. In my opinion, even better than the store-bought ones. Next time definitely try these out before you buy the pre-made cookie dough. They won't disappoint and you'll feel so much better serving these to your family or guests! They'll gobble them up. These are definitely my new go-to Christmas cookies. Enjoy! 
...then I used them as place cards for my bridal luncheon. Very cute personal touch!


Ingredients
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp. light sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


In a medium bowl combine cake flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

Using an electric mixer cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time stirring after each addition. Stir in sour cream and vanilla until combined. Gradually add in flour mixture until combined.

Chill dough for at least one hour in refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Flour your work surface and using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough so it is about 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies and place on the lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown. Cool for a few minutes on baking sheet, and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tbsp. low-fat milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Food coloring (optional)

Using an electric mixer combine butter and gradually add in confectioners sugar. When all sugar is added, pour in milk and vanilla and blend on medium until fluffy. Add in food color if desired.

Source: Adapted from Mother Thyme

18 comments:

  1. Hi Amy! Wow, these look amazing! I love your idea to use them for a bridal luncheon and I am thrilled that you choose this recipe. Like you mention, they definitely give the store bought ones a run for their money! So happy you had my blog this month for SRC! :)

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    1. I LOVED these cookies! They were seriously the best. Thanks for sharing! They will definitely be a go-to cookie recipe in my house from now on :)

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  2. These look wonderful! We haven't made them yet but they are on my list!

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  3. I have always wanted to try Lofthouse sugar cookies, yours look a amzing! I love your idea of using them for place cards. Brilliant, simply Brilliant!

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  4. Such fabulous cookies!!! You did an amazing job decorating them :)

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  5. What a great idea! Your cookies are beautiful. I just made Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars....guess I was too lazy to roll and cut! They sure do have a great flavor.

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  6. These look delicious! I love your idea of writing names on them--so cute!

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  7. I have wanted to make sugar cookies for a long time - this might be a good place to start!

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  8. I love love this idea of writing the names - I am pinning this for sure.

    My recipe from SRC today was amazing too! Come check it out! http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2012/06/german-chocolate-cracker-candy-secret.html

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  9. These look amazing, and it's so great that you used them as place cards. So creative!

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  10. Love sugar cookies! You can make so many cute cut-outs with them! Great recipe!

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  11. I've seen this recipe floating around the web and have wanted to make it. I must! You made the cookies look so cute. We are giving a shower for my new DIL these will be on the menu.

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  12. I am dying to try this recipe! I see the loft house cookies recipes on pinterest all the time and just haven't had time to make them. You're so creative using them for place cards!! Glad to be in Group C with you. :)

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  13. What a great idea putting the names on the cookies, so cute!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Candied Popcorn.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  14. These look so good...I admit a weakness for the storebought kind, but these homemade ones look even better!

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  15. I couldn't make a good rolled cookie to save my life! I'm glad there are great bakers that can! Cudos! These look amazing!

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  17. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-8-turkey.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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