First Day of School (or anytime) Cookies

I have a friend who deals in doughballs.

She rolls up to playdates, babyshowers, a Girls Night Out—or for no reason at all, with frozen doughballs in tow. I am not exaggerating, they are THE BEST cookies on earth.

After she said “They’re just the Kitchen Aid recipe!” and I made them myself, it came to my attention that I was dealing with some baking sorceress, because although mine were quite delicious, they still weren’t as good as hers. Nevertheless, even made by mortal bakers, they are worth it.

My kids started school this week (which always throws me for a loop – it takes me a good two weeks to realize they’re going to go EVERY DAY and I don’t have to hang around the house feeling lost) and every since Nadia’s first day of kindergarten, I’ve made chocolate chip cookies on the first day.

I don’t know if my kids realize it yet or not, but this is our First Day tradition.





I’d love for my kids to have a memory of grade after grade, coming home on that first day to my love, in baked good form. (After I smother them with a hug.)

I’ve also included a recipe I have in my recipe box titled THE BEST COOKIES! which should actually read THE EASIEST BEST COOKIES!

I got it in college from a girl in my nursing school who used to work at an Italian bakery. She gave me the recipe after I ate 7 (not even kidding–metabolism at 21 is a thing to behold) of them at some student pot-luck event and then wouldn’t let her pay attention to the speaker because I wouldn’t stop telling her how much I loved her cookies.



Here are two recipes I want my children to remember me cooking up with love.

(First one is more involved, but if you do it w/ kids, we like to clap and count all the 30 second intervals.)

(Second one is SO fast and easy – kids can easily do this one themselves!)


Kitchenade Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 cups flour

12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Soften butter
  3. Mix sugars, butter, eggs, and vanilla in mixer.
  4. Turn to speed 2 for 30 seconds. Stop and scrape bowl. Then turn to speek 4 for another 30 seconds. Scrape bowl again.
  5. Sift together baking soda, salt, and flour (and I use this term sift very loosely.)
  6. On Stir speed, add flour in increments over 2 minutes
  7. Mix on Speed 2 for 30 seconds. (the 30 second mixing is what makes these so good)
  8. Add chocolate chips
  9. CHILL dough or FREEZE premade balls (for future use or to give away to your friends who also love cookies)
  10. Bake chilled/frozen dough for 8-10 minutes. (Experiment with time until you get a soft inside and a crispy outside)
  11. Let cookies rest a minute or two before removing them to a cooking rack.



1 box white cake mix (!)

1/3 cup milk

1/4 cup butter

1 egg

1 package chocolate chips

Directions: MIX first four ingredients. Then add choc chips. Bake at 350 degrees x 10-14min (depending on your oven. They should be just golden at edges when done).





Sonya Spillmann


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