Best Ever Chocolate Lofthouse Cookies

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer
  • Yield: 1-2 doz

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  • 2 1/2 cups AP flour (possibly 1/4 more)
  • 4 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter, unsalted and very soft
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 XL eggs
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder


  • 1 stick butter, unsalted and room temp
  • 22 1/2 cups confectioners’ powder
  • 1/41/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 tablespoon heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate extract
  • Chocolate sprinkles


  1. To make the cookies, in a large bowl sift together the flour, corn starch, cocoa, espresso powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add in the butter and sugar beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. ~3 minutes.
  3. Next add in the eggs one at a time, incorporating before adding the next one.
  4. Add in the chocolate extract and sour cream and beat on low just until combined.
  5. Stop the mixer and add in the flour mixture.
  6. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix. The dough will be soft but not mushy. You want it almost moldable.
  7. Transfer the dough to a bowl, cover and chill for at least 2 hours though overnight is best.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350F, rack in the middle.
  9. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.
  10. Using a small cookie scoop, make a ball about 1” round.
  11. Place the ball on the cookie sheet 1 1/2” apart.
  12. Slightly flatten the cookie.
  13. Bake 9-11 minutes or until the cookies are soft but set.
  14. Remove from the oven and place the cookie sheet on a cooling rack for 1 minute.
  15. After a minute remove the cookies from the pan and place directly on the rack.
  16. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  17. To make the frosting using a hand mixer, beat the butter and chocolate extract.
  18. In a medium bowl sift together the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa.
  19. Add the sugar mixture to the butter and very slowly mix to incorporate.
  20. Add in the heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.
  21. Frost the cooled cookies with the frosting then dip in the chocolate sprinkles.
  22. Allow the frosting to harden before storing in an air tight container.


I prefer to make these smaller therefore I’ll get close to 2 dozen cookies however if you make larger than 1″ dough ball you’ll get less 🙂

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