Day 5: Soft Sugar Cookies

First of all, I need to vent a little bit, so bear with me here. I had previously applied to a local grad school to get my teaching credential way back in August for the spring semester, which starts in January. We were supposed to hear back by November 30th whether we got in or not. About two weeks before that date, I get a call from the head of the education department asking me where my application was supposed to be sent because it somehow got all mixed up with others. After telling the lady that I was applying for my teaching credential and not my masters in education (you have to get your credential before you can go for your masters), she reassured me that she would send it in the right direction.

A week later, I get snail mail from the school saying that I was denied from the masters program because I wasn’t qualified since I didn’t have my teaching credential. I email the credential department and they say that they have no records of me ever applying. The head honcho sent my application to the wrong department. Awesome. So I go into the school and talk to admissions. After about 45 minutes on campus, the lady tells me that she now sent me application to the right department and it is being reviewed. She also tells me that I should hear back from them in about a week.

A week goes by… nothing. A week and a half… still nothing. My status online still says that my application is “being reviewed.” I email the credential department telling them by situation and if I could find out the status of my application since school is about to start in oh… 3 weeks. I finally get an email back from them today saying that I was admitted in Fall 2008 and that there is no current application from me. What… the.. heck?! I have never applied to that school in my life, and why would I apply in fall 2008 when I was currently a junior at UCLA?

Basically, I’m really frustrated with this school and obviously, I’m not meant to go to grad school *sarcasm*. BLAHH. So now I’m in a bit of a ruckus trying to figure out what in the world I’m supposed to do with my life. I need a job— can’t find one and apparently I don’t qualify for most because I have no “real world” experience, being a recent grad and all. Is life always this hard? //End rant.

Day 5 of my twelve days of cookies
: So what do I do when I’m in a bad/frustrated mood? Bake! These cookies come from the blog Delish, who adapted it from America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, 2006. I adapted it just a bit further by chilling the dough and changing some of the techniques. The cookie dough is seriously amazing and the cookies turn out soft, chewy, and fluffy. I got into the Christmas spirit and busted out my holiday sprinkles to decorate them before tossing them into the oven. The cookie itself didn’t end up tasting like the dough (Bummer!) but they still tasted good. It’s a simple cookie that’ll surely please the crowds.

2 cups granulated sugar*
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
14 Tbsp (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Spread 1/2 cup of the sugar* in a shallow dish for coating and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.

Beat the butter and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar together in a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-6 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, until combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl & beaters as needed.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly mix in the flour mixture until combined, about 30 seconds. Give the dough a final stir with a rubber spatula to make sure dough is combined. Refrigerate dough for at least an hour.

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°F. Using palms, roll 2 Tablespoons of dough at a time into balls, then roll in sugar to coat. Place balls on baking sheets, spaced 2 inches apart.

Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, until the edges are set and just beginning to brown but the centers are still soft and puffy, 10-12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking. Allow cookies to cook on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then serve warm or transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.




  1. says

    Gosh, Kim, I am sorry to hear about the stupid teaching credential/grad school/teaching drama. Sometimes, I really wonder how some people get their jobs because apparently they don’t know how to do the jobs?! Don’t let them stop you though, just don’t share any of these yummy cookies with them! ;P

  2. says

    I’m sorry to hear about the teaching credential situation as well. As a grad student, I understand how all of that works (and fails). Just stay persistent and keep working toward your goal to make it work. Sometimes if others are failing in their jobs, you have to work a bit harder to compensate for their mistakes and negligence. I would keep contacting the department until they get sick of hearing from you so that they will see how serious and eager you are to be in the program. You still have time. Good luck!!

    Those cookies look yummy. I made soft, frosted sugar cookies just a few days ago that I’m pining for again hehe. But, I also have some frozen sugar cookie dough in my freezer that I need to finish preparing. I wonder if we used the same recipe for the latter one.

  3. says

    Holy heck, sorry to hear about you misadventures with applying for your teaching credential. You’d think they would be a little more organized!
    In any case these cookies look yummy, I never make sugar cookies because I find them too hard….but this is the perfect comprimise!

  4. KP says

    Sorry to hear about your troubles with the school– I am sure you will find another school that is a perfect fit for you!

    In your recipe you have an asterisk next to the sugar. Does this have any significance? My boyfriend loves soft and chewy sugar cookies so I plan to make him a batch!

  5. says

    Life is only that hard when dealing with
    1) the IRS
    2) insurance claims and anything else insurance related
    3) college admissions
    4) leftovers from dinner three weeks’a ago that are still in the fridge.

    Good luck. Maybe now’s your chance to go to culinary school.

  6. says

    Hi Kimbo!

    I made these for my work’s holiday party, and you’re right; they are definitely a crowd-pleaser! Thank you for the recipe and for maintaining this blog. It’s so helpful :]


    P.S. Happy Holidays and such!

  7. says

    Hi Kim,
    I’m new to your blog and I was so inspired I started my own… :) I also adore baking & cooking also. Don’t be down about the teaching thing I was in your shoes not too long ago myself. I graduated with a BA in History decided to take a couple of years off and then I decided I wanted to teach elementary school. Needless to say I really do understand your frustration with your admissions dept. I had to tell myself it wouldall work out and it did! Happy Baking!

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