Nanny's Sugar Cookies

Nanny’s Sugar Cookies are an old fashioned recipe with a little bit of a modern upgrade! These sugar cookies are frosted with a creamy and sweet orange moscato frosting, then sprinkled with sparkling colored sugars. A great cookie to make and share during March Madness (think sugar sprinkles with your team colors) or any other event where you have a gathering of friends!

Nanny's Sugar Cookies

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When I think wine, I usually think cheese. I’m such a cheese fanatic. I am also not normally a sweet wine kind of gal. However, when I opened my bottle of Moscato and taste tested it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not too sweet. At that first taste, I knew that it would partner well with Nanny’s Sugar Cookies.

Nanny's Sugar Cookies

Nanny’s cookie recipe was handed down to me, and originally came to Nanny through her mom. So this cookie has been made for a few generations now and has been reinvented with this delicious frosting accent! Whenever I see cookies on the cutting board like this, I remember my Nanny cutting her cookies out and of the days she and I would bake cookies together. Moment of real nostalgia here.

Nanny's Sugar Cookies

To frost or not to frost your sugar cookies?

The frosting for these cookies was absolutely divine. The CK Mondavi Moscato Wine worked perfectly in complementing the orange extract in the cookie.  These also went really well with a glass of wine on the side! 🙂 These cookies also passed the test of my sweets loving attorney in our office. She gave them the two thumbs up!

Nanny's Sugar Cookies

I would have loved to have Nanny here with me when making this particular recipe and I know she would have loved getting her fingers into the frosting with me! I had a hard time not wanting to lick the knife I was frosting the cookies with. Well, ok, so I did lick the knife, but not until I was done with frosting. 😉

Nanny's Sugar Cookies

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Nanny's Sugar Cookies

Nanny’s Sugar Cookies with Orange Moscato Frosting

Nanny’s Sugar Cookies are an old fashioned recipe with a little bit of a modern upgrade! These sugar cookies are frosted with a creamy and sweet orange moscato frosting, then sprinkled with sparkling colored sugars.
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Cuisine: American
Keyword: CK Mondavi Wine, Cookies, Frosting, Moscato
Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 2 dozen cookies
Calories: 194kcal


For the Cookies:

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated orange rind or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the Frosting

  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 4 tablespoons CK Mondavi Moscato wine
  • 3-4 tablespoons half and half


  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add butter, sugar, eggs and orange rind and mix until creamy. Set aside.
  • Sift together flour, salt, baking powder and nutmeg. Add to wet mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour.
  • Chill dough for at least 2 hours.
  • Remove from refrigerator and roll dough out onto floured cutting board, using a sprinkling of flour where needed to keep dough from sticking to board and rolling pin.
  • Cut cookies with round cookie cutter.
  • Bake until slightly brown around the edges, about 10 minutes.
  • While cookies are baking, assemble the frosting. Stir together melted butter, confectioner's sugar, orange extract and moscato wine until combined. Add half and half 1 tablespoon at a time until of spreading consistency. You may or may not need all of the half and half depending on the creaminess you want to obtain.


This is a recipe that Gram had in her kitchen all the time. Sometimes she would frost them but would always leave a few unfrosted. Everyone knew where to find her cookies. My Aunt Marlene told me that this particular recipe came from Great Grandma Lottie Clark's cookbook. (Nanny's mom)


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 35mg | Sugar: 25g


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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. claire February 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    It might be me, but I don’t see the recipe for the frosting.

    • Shelby February 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      All taken care of. Thank you for notifying me!

  2. Karly March 20, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    These have my sweet tooth going absolutely INSANE right now! Totally taking me back to my childhood, too- I have a great aunt whose specialty was big fluffy sugar cookies just like these. Definitely need to try this recipe soon!

  3. Anonymous November 6, 2019 at 4:31 pm - Reply


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