You know those soft sugar cookies at the grocery store with frosting and sprinkles? These are homemade vegan lofthouse cookies, and they are just as delicious (if not more so) as the store bought version! Made with my all time favorite vegan butter, Miyoko’s, for a truly buttery flavor.

stack of 4 pink frosted cookies with sprinkles

Who can resist a soft sugar cookie with pink frosting and colorful sprinkles? I went with pink because that’s the classic color of lofthouse cookies, but feel free to use any color you like and any type of vegan friendly sprinkles.

If you’re making cookies for the holiday season, feel free to use Christmas colors like red and green, and perhaps Christmas sprinkles. For the most amazing cut-out cookies, check out my popular Vegan Sugar Cookies!

Thank you to Miyoko’s for sponsoring this post. It was just a few years ago I first tasted the European Style Cultured Vegan Butter, and since then I have been obsessed! It has the best flavor, with no weird chemical aftertaste like other brands. Now it comes in both salted and unsalted, which is just perfect for baking.

Miyokos butter with lots of cookies on a rack, frosted

About Miyoko’s butter

Miyoko’s butter differs from other brands in a couple of ways. First of all, the flavor is spot on incredible. You won’t believe it’s made with plants. Second, it’s palm oil free. This is actually pretty rare for vegan butter, and it’s the only one I’ve ever found.

Miyoko’s is one of the only brands to actually be made from plant milk, in fact cashew milk is the second ingredient! Other vegan butters are just a blend of oils. It’s also gluten free, soy free and kosher. It seriously performs exactly like dairy butter, I’m not joking!

package of Miyoko's butter on marble backdrop

How to make vegan lofthouse cookies

This is simply an overview. See below for the full recipe.

First, soften your butter. Leave it out on the counter for about 30 minutes, until it is soft but not melted at all. Avoid softening in the microwave, because it will melt too quickly.

showing vegan butter as soft and spreadable

Here are the next few steps:

  1. Cream together the softened butter and sugar. Add the vegan sour cream, vanilla and almond extract. Beat them in.
  2. Now add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch and salt. Mix until just combined.
  3. Shape the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap (or parchment paper) and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  4. Roll the dough out and cut into round cookies.
collage showing how to make cookie dough

Bake for 9-10 minutes until lightly golden on the bottom. Let the cookies cool completely while you make the frosting.

For the frosting, beat the butter with a mixer until creamy, then add the powdered sugar, vanilla and non-dairy milk. Add a few drops of food coloring until a desired color is reached.

bowl with pink frosting

Frost the cookies, using either a butter knife or a piping bag and tip. Decorate the tops with sprinkles.

Tips & substitutions

  • Don’t skip the cornstarch – It helps the cookies stay soft. You can use tapioca starch or arrowroot if needed.
  • Make sure to use a vegan butter you like! Miyoko’s brand truly is best here, where the butter flavor stands out. You don’t want your cookies to taste like chemicals.
  • Always chill your dough – If you don’t chill the dough, your cookies won’t keep their shape in the oven, and will instead spread out and become flat and crispy.
  • Gluten free – If needed, substitute a gluten free all purpose flour. I like King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour or Bob’s Red Mill.
stacked sugar lofthouse cookies, white background

Frequently asked questions

  1. Can I prepare the cookie dough ahead of time? Yes, you can make the dough, wrap it well and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready, remove the dough, roll it out and bake cookies.
  2. How long do the cookies last and can they be frozen? Keep leftover cookies at room temperature for 2-3 days, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze them for up to 3 months.
  3. Are there other flavors I can add? Add a little lemon zest to the cookies and lemon juice in place of the milk in the frosting for lemon flavor. Or do the same thing with orange zest and juice. You could also add a little pumpkin spice mix to the cookies and frosting for a subtle warmness.
rack with many cookies, one with bite taken out, with sprinkles

Want more festive holiday cookies?

hand holding up a cookie with a bite taken out with pink frosting and sprinkles
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Vegan Lofthouse Cookies

You know those soft sugar cookies at the grocery store with frosting and sprinkles? These are homemade vegan lofthouse cookies, and they are just as delicious (if not more so) as the store bought version! Made with my all time favorite vegan butter, Miyoko's, for a truly buttery flavor.
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Dough chilling time: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 36 cookies

Ingredients 
 

Cookies

Frosting

Instructions 

Make the cookies

  • In  a large bowl, cream together the softened vegan butter and sugar with a hand mixer (or stand mixer with paddle attachment) until fluffy. Beat in the vegan sour cream, vanilla and almond extract, if using. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • To the bowl with the butter mixture, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch and salt. Mix on low until just combined.
  • Shape the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and place in the refrigerator to chill for about an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin, about 1/4 inch thick. 
  • Use a 2-3 inch round cookie cutter to cut the cookies and place on parchment or silicone lined baking sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the cookies are very lightly golden on the bottom. Do not over bake or the cookies won't be soft.
  • Let the cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Make the frosting and decorate

  • In a large bowl (I use the same one I used for the dough, just wiped out or washed quickly), beat the vegan butter with a mixer until creamy, then add the powdered sugar, vanilla and non-dairy milk as needed if the frosting is too dry.
  • If using food coloring, mix it in now a drop at a time, until a desired colored is reached.
  • Frost the cookies with a layer of frosting and decorate with sprinkles.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  1. Miyoko’s has salted and unsalted vegan butter now, yay! You can use either here, I used salted. If using unsalted butter, simply add 3/4 teaspoon salt instead of the 1/2 teaspoon. And add about 1/4 teaspoon or a little more to the frosting.
  2. Leave out the almond extract for nut allergies, or if you don’t like the flavor.
  3. Storing leftover cookies – The cookies keep at room temperature, in a covered container, for a few days or a week in the refrigerator. They can be frozen for 3 months as well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 36 cookies | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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Comments

  1. Hi Nora, I love your recipes and usually everything comes out great, but these were a bit of a fail for me. I followed everything exact except used Earth Balance instead of miyokos
    And they came out flat and crispy. The frosting was off too. I am bummed because I always loved Lofthouse Cookies and have been looking for a vegan copycat.

    1. Sorry to hear that Brooke! Cookies can be tricky, because the vegan butter needs to be the right softness, but not melted when you start. And with this recipe, it’s essential that you chill the dough. If the cookies go in warm at all, they will become flat and crispy. Also, the kind of vegan butter does matter. Did you use the tub of earth balance, or sticks? The tub can be greasy and I don’t recommend it. Also make sure you are measuring everything accurately, because if your measurements are just slightly off, it will ruin the cookies. Hope that helps!

  2. Nora, will this recipe work with the Miyoko’s oat milk butter? Unfortunately someone in my household is allergic to something in the regular Miyoko’s butter. Thanks! 🙂

  3. So excited to make these for a party tomorrow! I got cute sprinkles 🙂

    Will yogurt work just as well as sour cream? I want it to be great!

  4. Hi, should I cut down on the sugar if the yogurt I use has a decent amount of sugar in it? Really excited to try this recipe!

  5. These cookies are dangerously delicious! If you make this recipe, good luck eating just one! Nora, you’ve done it again! Such a wonderful recipe, thank you!

    1. I agree, Petria! These cookies are so good! I’m thrilled you are loving them! Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback and review!

  6. hi!! definitely going to make these soon… but was just wondering what the sour cream is for in this recipe? thanks 🙂

    1. The sour cream helps the cookies be super soft, it’s often in Lofthouse type sugar cookies. 🙂 Hope you love them!

  7. These are the singlehandly best cookies I have ever tasted in my whole lifetimes of living . I’ve never tasted a single thing better in my entire life. Thank you so much Nora for this a absolutely rockin recipe broski <333333333

  8. I normally wouldn’t splurge on Miyoko’s but I’m glad I did for the recipe. The cookies were delicious! So much better than the store bought version.

    1. Miyoko’s really makes a difference, right? Thank you for your wonderful feedback! I’m so glad you loved the cookies!

  9. I tried this recipe and they turned out like cookies and they have a nice taste but turned out very fluffy but I don’t know if that’s the texture.

    The dough was still too soft after freezing all night.

    I did use my homemade oat milk, almond based yogurt instead of sour cream and country crock oil based butter.

    Did i miss a step or something?

    1. I’m glad your cookies still turned out fluffy, but the soft dough could have been caused by the oil-based butter. I loved the results I got from using Miyoko’s butter, which is made from milk instead of butter. Try the recipe with a different butter next time and let me know how it goes!

  10. I’m wondering if I can make a chocolate version? I would love to try this recipe and do chocolate as well, maybe with a little candy cane on top of the frosting! Cocoa powder always seems to dry out my cookie dough. Have you tried a chocolate version? 

    1. I’ve never tried it so I’m not sure, but I think it will work. I would substitute 1/2 cup of the flour with cocoa powder.

  11. I had never used the Miyoko’s butter before but trusted Nora’s opinion about this. I’m not sure what I think of the butter. It smells really gross to me and I was nervous that it was going to make the cookies taste really bad. Somehow it didn’t. The smell is like….salad dressing? That’s the best I can describe it. I’m not sure that I would buy or use it for anything else. BUT, these cookies are amazing. And they get better over time, in my opinion (up to a point, obviously). They really do resemble the Lofthouse cookies from what I remember. Very impressed! Nora your recipes are always phenomenal – I don’t use recipes from any other site or book because yours are always the best. Thank you!

    1. Hi Laura. I’m thrilled you love the lofthouse cookies, and they turned out amazing for you! I appreciate you using my recipes and am so glad you are enjoying them! I appreciate you sharing your fantastic review and comments! Happy cooking!

  12. Hi Nora, I am planning on making a batch of these cookies and am wondering if it will work with an a store bought vegan sour cream, or should I use your sour cream recipe for the best result? If store bought will work, what brand do you use? Thank you!

    1. I haven’t used homemade sour cream in this recipe, though it would probably work. I used Tofutti brand vegan sour cream. Hope that helps!

    1. If you can’t find Miyoko’s, any other vegan butter will work. 🙂 But I hope you can find it, it has the best flavor!

  13. I’m so glad you started recommending Miyoko’s over Earth Balance, which was your previous “go to.” Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s has just discontinued selling the Miyoko’s product in favor of their newly released “Trader Joe’s Vegan Buttery Spread” that is of course oil-based. Sprouts carry’s the Miyoko’s product, but is priced very high. Miyoko’s recommended to me to purchase from Costco in two-packs, and that they freeze really well if you don’t consume quickly.

  14. Can a stevia blend replace the sugar? I love your recipes but being diabetic I want to reduce the real sugar content. Thank you for all your terrific recipes!

    1. I’ve never tried it so I’m not really sure. Sugar does provide some structure to the cookies, so I’m not quite sure how they will turn out with stevia instead. It’s possible it works! Thanks.

    1. I have a question about the yogurt or sour cream… are these like sour cream cookies? I am looking for a sweet sugar cookie. Will this work for that? Wanting to make sugar cookies with the kids at grandma’s for Christmas!

  15. Hi Nora!

    My family has become completely obsessed with your recipes! I’ve tried many of your amazing cookie recipes recently and no one can believe they’re vegan AND most are also gluten free! I can’t wait to try these. Do you think a gluten free flour would work? Thanks so much! 

    1. I haven’t tried it here, but I’m quite confident it will work! Make sure to use a quality gluten free mix. I like King Arthur’s Measure for Measure flour personally. Thank you so much, I’m happy you are enjoying my recipes!

      1. What if you don’t have a stand mixer? And do we melt the butter or just leave it out of the fridge for a bit ? 

        1. You can use a hand mixer OR stand mixer. You might be able to make them by hand but that would be a bit of an arm workout! The butter should be softened to room temperature but not at all melted. With Miyoko’s, letting it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes is all it takes. Enjoy!

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