I’ll admit it. I have a hard time passing by the Lofthouse Cookies at the grocery store without putting a package in my cart.  I am such a sucker for soft sugar cookies with creamy buttercream frosting.  But, knowing that the homemade version tastes so much better, I can usually convince myself not to buy them when I can make them at home.   This recipe for cakies isn’t supposed to be a Loftthouse copycat, but they really remind me of them.  The cookie base is super soft, but less like a cookie and more like cake as the name implies.   There is no rolling involved, as the dough is just dropped on the cookie sheets. That’s a bonus!  Although these are supposed to be Christmas cookies, the frosting and the decorations can change color to coordinate with different holidays.  So, they can easily be made year round.  That’s a good thing, because once you try these cakies, you won’t be able to wait until Christmas to make them again! 😀


Yield: 6 dozen by the recipe, I got about 4 dozen.


1/2 cup Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

Sprinkles, food coloring, and other decorations optional

Day 1:  Put shortening, brown sugar and sugar in a mixer bowl, and beat with the paddle on medium until creamy.  Reduce the speed to low and blend in the eggs one at a time.  Add the sour cream, blending until just combined.  Add the vanilla and mix until smooth, about 1 minute.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Day 2:  In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Remove the mixer bowl from the fridge and lock it onto the stand.   With the mixer on low, blend in the flour mixture a bit at a time, until just incorporated.  The dough will look thick and sticky like tapioca pudding.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Line baking sheets with parchment or spray with Pam.  When the dough is cold, drop it by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies.  I got 12 cookies/sheet.  Place the remaining dough in the fridge between batches.  Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, until the cookies just begin to turn golden on the edges.  Remove from the oven and cool for 2 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Frost when cool.  Add the decorations while the frosting is still warm.


2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla

2 to 4 Tbsp hot water

Place the powdered sugar in a mixer bowl with a whisk attachment.  Slowly add the butter and vanilla, mixing on medium-low until well combined, ~ 1 minute.  Add 2 Tbsp of water and mix until blended.  Add more water, a small bit at a time, until you reach desired spreading consistency.

Source:  Sugar, Sugar:  Every Recipe Has a Story

Helpful Hints:

  • Note this is a 2 day process
  • Make sure you apply colored sugar or other decorations right after applying the frosting. The frosting will harden a bit and the sugar won’t stick.
  • You may have to add more powdered sugar and/or water to get the right consistency to spread.
  • If the frosting thickens too much in the middle of frosting the cookies, whisk in a bit more water.
  • I had a hard time getting them to keep a circular shape with 1 Tbsp of batter.  I used about 1.5 tsp of batter instead and it made for better shaped cookies.  Reduce baking time accordingly.
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  1. Megan

     /  December 22, 2011

    So they turned out good! Happy to hear it!

    • They were so good Megan! Sammie says they are her favorite Christmas cookie and that they look fabulous! 😀 Justin loved them. Though, that’s really no surprise because these are so his kind of cookie.

  2. Sara

     /  December 22, 2011

    These were delicious. I don’t care for sugar cookies much but these are so not…that’s why they are called cakies. 😉 Loved ’em.


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