Lofthouse (like) Cookies- Recipes anyone?

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Posted: 10/25/2006 2:42:05 PM
Okay so this totally conflicts with my siggy. But I wanted to make DS some cookies similar to the lofthouse ones. He can't eat them because of peanut allergies.

But he's heard that they are the *softest, best, yummiest* sugar cookies EVAH. And wants some really bad.


Anyone know of a similar recipe? That you've had great results with. Or tips for super soft sugar cookies?


TIA!



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Posted: 10/25/2006 3:05:54 PM
No, but these are definitely the best "Store bought" cookies out there!! I'd love a copy-cat recipe too!!



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Posted: 10/25/2006 3:10:29 PM
There's one on recipezaar (http://www.recipezaar.com/23817) but the comments state it doesn't taste the same.

Here's one on allrecipes: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Great-Grandads-Sugar-Cookies/Detail.aspx)

Great Grandad's Sugar Cookies

SUBMITTED BY: Kathylee
PHOTO BY: Christine

"This recipe puffs up to make great Sugar cookies. My Great Grandfather was a baker, and this is the kind the bakery made. To make sour milk, add a teaspoon of vinegar to regular milk, and let stand for 5 minutes."
Original recipe yield: 5 dozen
PREP TIME 30 Min
COOK TIME 10 Min
READY IN 1 Hr 10 Min

US METRIC

SERVINGS About scaling and conversions
INGREDIENTS

* 6 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1 pinch salt
* 2 1/2 cups white sugar
* 1 1/2 cups shortening
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 cup sour milk
* 3 eggs, beaten
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together 4 cups flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and sugar. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in baking soda, sour milk, beaten eggs, and vanilla. Stir as little as possible, and add the remaining flour as necessary to make dough thick enough to roll out.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Cool on baking sheets.


MUCH better comments on this one!





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Posted: 10/25/2006 4:51:03 PM
I have the actual Lofthouse cookie recipe.

I worked with a woman whose grandmother founded Lofthouse cookies. She gave me the recipe for the sugar cookies and the icing. I have it somewhere, so I can dig it out if you want it.




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Posted: 10/25/2006 4:57:52 PM
Hmmm, sounds yummy. Hope you can find the recipe so you can share it with me as well!

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Posted: 10/25/2006 5:24:00 PM

I have it somewhere, so I can dig it out if you want it.


Um, yes PLease!

They are absolutely the best store cookie ever. I have attempted to duplicate the recipe and am close but not quite close enough. They are my cheat day treat often.



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Posted: 10/25/2006 5:25:35 PM

I worked with a woman whose grandmother founded Lofthouse cookies. She gave me the recipe for the sugar cookies and the icing. I have it somewhere, so I can dig it out if you want it.


Umm, yah, please do!!!!






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Posted: 10/25/2006 5:34:29 PM
Thanks Katiepotatie-I've tried both of those and they aren't the same.

I believe that part of the secret is in the handling of the dough and the copykat recipes just don't address that with as much detail as I would suspect is necessary.



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Posted: 10/25/2006 6:12:45 PM
Post the recipe PLEASE!!!! My very favorite cookies ever!!


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Posted: 10/25/2006 7:52:52 PM
Okay, I need that recipe too, if you're sharing, please! I love those things, but the frosting is too much sometimes. It would be great to be able to make them frosting-free!



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Posted: 10/25/2006 8:19:02 PM
I'd love the recipe too!


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Posted: 10/25/2006 8:22:25 PM
Lazypea - do you have the Lofthouse recipe for the ginger/molasses cookies? Those re fabulous and I can never find them anymore.



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Posted: 10/25/2006 9:04:20 PM
oh - please post! I love new recipes...



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Posted: 10/25/2006 9:04:57 PM
Eagerly awaiting the recipe here, too.


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Posted: 10/25/2006 9:06:34 PM
Me too! I have never been able to make good sugar cookies.



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Posted: 10/25/2006 9:08:10 PM
Those Lofthouse cookies are like crack to me.

I am putting this thread on watch.



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Posted: 10/25/2006 9:09:31 PM
Hunzer was looking for a soft sugar cookie recipe the other night. We need to email this to her.



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Posted: 10/25/2006 9:20:09 PM
BTT... I'd love the recipe, too, please!

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Posted: 10/25/2006 9:21:42 PM
I would also appreciate this recipe!




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Posted: 10/25/2006 9:23:10 PM
Me too!
Those are the absolutel best cookies!
Does the recipe include the frosting too? (I hope!) The orange and lime are my favorites!


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Posted: 10/25/2006 9:34:49 PM
LazyPea we would all love that recipe. So dig away.
Thanks


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Posted: 10/25/2006 9:37:35 PM
Maybe she's off baking a batch of them right now. YUMMY!!!!


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Posted: 10/25/2006 10:03:13 PM
I think the secret ingredient must be *crack*.

I eat one and I can kiss the whole box goodbye.

I peamailed lazypea, in case she forgot we're all waiting.



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Posted: 10/25/2006 10:10:59 PM
I'm watching this thread for the recipe too!

FYI...I saw a recipe on allrecipes.com awhile back for a soft sugar cookie called Dixie Sugar Cookies. I haven't tried them yet so I can't say if they are good or not.


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Posted: 10/26/2006 12:21:11 AM
Holy Shizzle! If someone can produce that recipe I will be in heaven. I will 400 pounds too. Dang those are the. best. cookies. around.



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Posted: 10/26/2006 10:08:02 AM
BTT for lazypea!!!



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Posted: 10/26/2006 10:41:02 AM
BTT.



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Posted: 10/26/2006 11:54:26 AM
BTT, please!



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Posted: 10/26/2006 12:06:24 PM
Poor Lazypea, we sent her on a mission to dig out her recipe and we lost her.
Lazypea come out, are you buried under piles of old recipes?


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Posted: 10/26/2006 12:10:42 PM
don't mind me, I'm just posting so I can find this thread easily again later.

just in case Lazypea comes back. I'd love a good soft sugar cookie recipe.


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Posted: 10/26/2006 12:22:48 PM
Sorry everyone! I got busy yesterday and couldn't come back.

I have never made this recipe but I know it is the original. For some reason the copy that was given to me only has the ingredients listed and no directions. So with that in mind, please don't be mad at me if they don't turn out just right for you.

Lofthouse Cookies:
2 eggs
2 C. sugar
2 C. cream
2/3 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 C. shortening (Lard)
Vanilla to taste
Enough flour to form a soft ball (She told me that the key to making soft, fluffy cookies is to add a lot of flour. But she didn't tell me how much. )

I assume that you just mix all of the ingredients together because there are no special directions listed. Bake at 350º (again no specified time) and the cookies need to stay white.

Icing:
1 pkg. powdered sugar
1 egg
1 can condensed milk (for spreading)
1 tsp shortening
1 tsp butter


I'm sorry that these recipes are so vague as to the directions. I didn't realize that when I posted that I had the recipe.

But now you have all of the ingredients, so maybe, just maybe you can make it work.




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Posted: 10/26/2006 12:24:58 PM

Lazypea - do you have the Lofthouse recipe for the ginger/molasses cookies? Those re fabulous and I can never find them anymore


I don't. I'm sorry.




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Posted: 10/26/2006 12:25:55 PM
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!



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Posted: 10/26/2006 12:30:02 PM
I have never heard of lofthouse cookies?


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Posted: 10/26/2006 12:49:25 PM
Well thanks everyone. I have been sitting here wanting something just not quite sure what. After seeing this, looks like a run around the corner for cookies is on the agenda.
Yum!


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Posted: 10/26/2006 12:55:45 PM
wow, that's a lot of levening! no wonder they are so soft. from the proportions it looks like I need to start with 3 c of flour and see where to go from there. does that sound right to anyone else?


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Posted: 10/26/2006 12:58:44 PM

3 c of flour and see where to go from there. does that sound right to anyone else?



Compared with other recipes I have seen that sounds about right to me. But be prepared to use more.




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Posted: 10/26/2006 12:59:59 PM
Lazypea, YOU ROCK!!!!!






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Posted: 10/26/2006 1:01:29 PM
I was thinking at least 6 cups of flour. 2 cups of shortening plus 2 cups of cream seems to make me think its a big batch of cookies. It will be fun to experiment with it.



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Posted: 10/26/2006 1:06:01 PM
wow - thanks, the REAL lofthouse recipe, eh??

Unbelieveable!!

Here's a "clone type" that was printed in our paper coupla years ago.

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My kids are crazy about some cookies I get at Ralph's called Lofthouse Sugar Cookies. They are super soft and have icing on them. If you have a recipe for anything similar, I'd appreciate it.Dawn Cochrane, EncinitasWell, I hope you are proud of yourself. You've created a cookie monster. Until your letter crossed my desk, I was blissfully unaware of these pillowy, cake-like cookies (190 calories apiece, thank you very much).Now, I've joined the legions of addicts who wolf them down by the box and post Internet love letters to Lofthouse Delicious Cookies, the Utah-based company that whips up these treats.Lofthouse won't share its recipe, claiming it would be nigh on impossible to duplicate the formula in a home kitchen. That was all the challenge that was needed, apparently; on the Web, I found plenty of cookie clones created by home bakers. This one, from a Victorville newspaper, was identical to many other Web offerings

Swedish Sour Cream Cookies

Makes 3 dozen big cookies

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2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
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Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.Mix in baking soda, baking powder and enough flour to create a consistency for rolling. Cover and refrigerate overnight.Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out dough to a 1/4-to 3/8-inch thickness using a generous amount of flour. Cut out shapes and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8 minutes. Cook on a wire rack. Frost and decorate as desired.










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Posted: 10/26/2006 1:31:09 PM
Thank you so much for this recipe....sounds soooo yummy?


2 C. cream


Could you please specify what type of cream to use?

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Posted: 10/26/2006 1:38:46 PM
I missed the cream! yeah, definitely more than 3 c of flour, LOL. thanks for pointing that out.


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Posted: 10/26/2006 2:01:58 PM
Thank you so much!!!

I can't wait to try this. Is everyone willing to come back and post how they did it and the resluts?

The cream I am wondering about....heavy, whipping, sour....what do you all think?



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Posted: 10/26/2006 2:05:51 PM

Icing:
1 pkg. powdered sugar
1 egg
1 can condensed milk (for spreading)
1 tsp shortening
1 tsp butter



I wonder if the frosting is cooked, because of the egg?

I'd imagine the cream is just that, whipping cream, not whipped.




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Posted: 10/26/2006 3:05:59 PM
Thank you!

I'm willing to try making a batch today or tomorrow & posting my results. I might half the recipe for testing though....

Cream...first thought was real cream (for whipping), but sour cream is often used in cookies. Maybe someone wants to try this with cream, and another with sour cream??

Icing: The egg has me stumped. I wouldn't serve it if it weren't cooked, so I think I'd try making this in a double boiler or something. But I'm not so worried about the frosting. It's the cookies I want to get right!!!



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Posted: 10/26/2006 6:11:03 PM

Could you please specify what type of cream to use?



The recipe that she gave me does not specify what type of cream. My first assumption was heavy cream. I haven't tried this recipe so I don't know.

If anyone figures this recipe out let me know! I haven't had too much luck with sugar cookies in the past.




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Posted: 10/26/2006 6:32:17 PM
Hurray!

I am definetly going to try these out. I'll post my results later. Yum and

Thank you a million times over Lazypea! YOU ROCK!



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Posted: 10/26/2006 6:34:03 PM
I feel like curtseying (curtseeing?)...er, bowing to the allmighty peas!

Thank you sooo much for posting these recipes. I'll have to try them out.

We love Lofthouse cookies! We call them "cake cookies" though. I never noticed the brand name before. They just have a recognizable "look," so we just grab and devour!

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Posted: 10/26/2006 6:34:49 PM
What are Lofthouse cookies? I have never heard of them.


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