When I started working at the DuocUC Institute here in Chile I wanted to make a good impression on my colleagues while simultaneously bribing them so that if I ever needed something they wouldn’t hesitate to help me out. It’s weird being one of only three “gringos” working in an all Chilean environment and at first I felt a bit like an outcast. I wasn’t sure if I was imagining it but I also felt some resentment. Possibly because I came in with almost no teaching experience and certainly nothing resembling a credential and took jobs away from far more qualified Chilean teachers. I can’t be sure.
Anyway, last semester I decided to combine my love of baking with my desperate need to be popular and started bringing baked goods every week. I quickly became a favorite with anyone who came into the teacher’s lounge and it got to the point where people would ask me weekly when and what I would be bringing. This week, I decided to make sugar cookies.
This recipe is really easy, only has a few ingredients and yields a large number of delicious, perfectly crafted cookies. (Adapted from Allrecipes.com) Here’s what you need:
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Extra sugar for rolling the dough
First, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Then combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder in a small bowl. Set it aside.
In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar then beat in the egg and vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients slowly, mixing well.
I like to bake them for about 7 minutes. They come out still a little gooey, but just let them cool before moving them to a plate or paper towel. The gooeyness becomes chewiness and that is what makes these little babies so perfect. Enjoy!