That last post was a little heavy, no?
It seems a little odd to just jump into Triple Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies after a post about the fact that 1 in 3 black men will spend time in prison at some point in their lives.
You don’t just “move on” from a statistic like that.
It stops me dead in my tracks. And then you know what I want to do?
Forget about it.
I want to keep going with my life and forget that our sons and fathers are wasting their potential behind prison bars. I want to toss it under the rug and make cookies and pretend like everything’s okay.
Because that number is too much. What can I do? What could I possibly do to put a dent in that problem.
Then I hear that gentle whisper, a nudge, and I’m reminded of the word I committed to this year: ONE.
Find one thing you can do and do it. Do for one person what you wish you could do for every person.
So you know what I’m doing? I’m not forgetting about that statistic, but I am making cookies.
I’m partnering with folks from our neighborhood who are part of a ministry called Kairos that works to bring the gospel to our state’s prisons.
Twice a year, Kairos sends an ecumenical group of faith leaders from around the region to spend a weekend with prison residents. They eat and fellowship together, share the Gospel, grow disciples, and develop community. And you know what they bring with them?
Cookies. Not just a tray of cookies. Not just a couple dozen. Not even just a couple hundred dozen.
They come with 8,000 dozen cookies. That’s 96,000 cookies!
That’s enough for every resident and staff of the prison to have 2 dozen home baked cookies.
The strategy? Overwhelm the prisoners with cookies. Let the cookies be a tangible symbol of God’s grace and love to them.
Guys, I just need to stop for a minute.
Because seriously? I absolutely love this.
It’s totally extravagant.
8,000 dozen cookies?!!
What an awesome representation of the extravagant love God lavishes on His children.
Those cookies are more than just something delicious to eat. They carry the prayers and thoughts and love of people all over the city who took time out of their lives to make them, who prayed quietly (or loudly!) as they mixed flour and sugar, beat eggs into butter, dotted chips into dough.
Cookies are powerful stuff.
These cookies pack an especially powerful punch with three different kinds of chips: chocolate, peanut butter, and Reeses pieces. The cookie itself is somewhere between chewy and cakey. They get nice and puffy in the oven, have a subtle peanut butter flavor, and provide just the right balance to all those chips.
If you love chocolate and peanut butter, you will want these in your face every day of the week. And even if it’s not your favorite combo (I confess I fall in this camp), I think you’ll still be able to appreciate their peanut buttery chocolate goodness. Eat them straight out of the oven with a big glass of milk. You will not be sorry.
Will you join me in loading these cookies with prayers? I’m praying they’ll bring hope to someone’s life. I’m praying that person will have an open heart. That they’ll know the deep, deep love of Jesus. That they’ll discover their talents and know their worth. I’m praying if they ever leave prison they’ll be able to find a job and a community and a world that helps them succeed. And I’m praying if they never leave, their life will be a spark of hope to many more.
It’s a lot of expectation for a little cookie. I think these guys can handle it.
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup peanut butter chips
- 1 cup Reese pieces
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In another bowl beat together butter and peanut butter until light and creamy. Add sugars and beat until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides as needed. Add milk and vanilla and beat until combined. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Pour in all three chips and beat on slow speed until just combined.
- Drop cookies by the rounded Tablespoonful onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving an inch between them. Press the cookies down to about a ¼ in thick. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set on the outsides. These cookies don't really brown. Take them out when they're just getting golden around the edges then allow the middles to set up on the hot baking sheet for a few minutes after you take them out. I always err on the side of underbaking so they stay nice and soft. These keep well for several days in an airtight container.
Recipe adapted from Handle the Heat