Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe from Woo-Woo

Woo-Woo's Sugar Cookie Recipe | Hannah & Husband

When I was little, baking with Woo-Woo (my grandmother) was one of my very favorite activities. Last year around this time, I shared the story of winning 1st place at the church baking competition with her pumpkin pie on my personal blog. This year, as we get closer to the season of family and houseguests, I wanted to tell you about her sugar cookies.

 Woo-Woo baked a few dozen sugar cookies for every holiday. They were huge cookies that were bunny shapes and Christmas tree shapes and snowmen shapes–all with a layer of pale pastel buttercream frosting. I used to think the recipes was her mothers. Then, when I finally got her to show me the recipe, she pulled out a newspaper clipping  that I believe she got from my Aunt Judy. It read: “Mom’s Soft Sugar Cookies”–so it was someone’s mom just not her’s! Regardless, each year when Fall arrives, I feel the urge to bake these cookies. They take a little time, so it’s worth it to make a couple batches at once and share with friends just like she did.

Woo-Woo's Sugar Cookie Recipe | Hannah & Husband

Cookie Ingredients:

3 14 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. soda
12 tsp. salt
12 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg unbeaten
1 12 tsp. vanilla
12 cup thick sour cream


Woo-Woo's Sugar Cookie Recipe | Hannah & Husband

Sift together flour, soda, and salt.

Combine butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.

Beat together and add sour cream and flour mixture gradually.

Wrap up the dough in plastic and stick it in the fridge for about an hour.



Preheat over to 375°F.

Roll out on a floured board until 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. (These stay pretty thick. The trick is to make sure that they’re all around the same size so that they cook evenly.)

Sprinkle with sugar, roll in lightly.

Cut into shapes and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool completely.


Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1/8 tsp. salt
1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
2 egg yolks or 1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. milk


Cream butter until soft and add salt.

Gradually add part of sugar to the butter.

Blend in egg and vanilla.

Add remaining sugar alternately with milk until it is of spreading consistency.

Add food coloring. I have recently fallen in love with Wilton Gel Coloring. Start with an 18 tsp. because it adds a lot of bold color very quickly.

Ice your cookies.


Click here to print the recipe, and please let us know if you bake any for the holidays!



9 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe from Woo-Woo

  1. These were the BEST cookies! My daughter-in-law made them for us for Thanksgiving. I can still remember how good they were, enough even to try to make them myself. It was such an act of love. I really did have sons who know how to choose wives wisely. GOOD recipe!!

    • This is a hard question to answer because it really depends on the size and shape of your cookie cutters. If you’re making plain rounds, I’d estimate about 2 dozen. Hope that helps!

  2. Hey Hannah,
    I have been doing some family research, and Judy’s handwritten cookbook from the late 1960s gives the credit to Charlotte for this recipe. Judy was the one who found the brownie recipe in Parade magazine, a Sunday supplement from a Virginia newspaper, but she must have sent it to Woo-Woo from New York after we moved there in 1969. So it’s been in the family for almost half a century!
    When are you going to publish the Ranger Cookies recipe? That was another one of Woo-Woo’s favorites. She got it from Judy, who got it from Dorothy Isaac.
    Happy New Year!
    Hugs, Tas

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