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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Toffee Bits and Flax

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chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with toffee bits and flax

 

Hi friends! Life is an adventure. Hope you’re enjoying the ride today.

My husband and I have had a great time in this life traveling the world, raising our kids, enjoying relationships with some really wonderful people, and experiencing some incredible things.

I can honestly say there really isn’t much that’s better in this life than investing in the lives of young people. Would you agree? 

This past weekend we were the “home away from home” where 11 teenage boys crashed each night after attending a youth discipleship conference at our church. They slept here, ate, competed at foosball (loudly), heard devos, ate, processed the day with some great discussions, and ate some more.

It was an incredible privilege to be a small part of their weekend. They’re a great group of guys! It really encourages me to see how they’re making time to know God better and sincerely challenging themselves to align their lives with Him. 

Their lives and the future of the world are changed in moments like these. 

Ministry is meant to be a part of everyday life. It doesn’t revolve around earth-shattering moments, and isn’t reserved for pastors and famous people inside the walls of the church. It evolves from a loving heart submitted to Jesus in the private spaces of life. 

Sometimes we preach, teach, and shepherd to help others mature in their faith. Ephesians 4:11-14 

At other times we simply love people as we embody the gospel message. Actually, love is meant to be the motivation and foundation for all we do in ministry.

Paul teaches us in Colossians, Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. ” We adore God and work heartily for him in our home where the “domestic church” is alive and well. God has been at work here breathing life into hearts and lives for years. It’s sacred space.

A lot of ministry takes place in my kitchen. Cooking is a way for me to care for my family and friends, and demonstrate my love for them.

It’s far from trivial. We go beyond the superficial in moments around the kitchen island. Rich conversations and waves of laughter fill the air as I prepare food – or we prepare it together. Memories are made. Hearts are warmed. Mine especially.

During the time it takes to prepare a meal, it’s possible to get inside someone’s heart . . . to hear their entire life story, their passions and dreams, or their hurts. These are the moments I cherish.

Last weekend, the boys came home one night to the smell of homemade cookies. They loved them so I thought I’d share the recipe with you . . . my far-away friends.

In this recipe, I use real butter not margarine. I also use shortening. For some reason, the shortening makes the cookies turn out a little fluffier and thicker. I like that. Makes the cookies look more appealing and makes me look like I know what I’m doing!

 

chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with toffee bits and flax 

Don’t you just want to take a spoon and dig into that?!

Some say flaxseed is one of the most powerful foods on earth so I’ve included it in my recipe. It was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC where many consumed it for its health benefits. Rich in lignans and Omega-3 oils, there is some evidence it may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.  

 

chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with toffee bits and flax

 

You’ll notice I shape my cookie dough into columns rather than drops. This also causes the cookies to come out of the oven thicker rather than flatter. Love it!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Toffee Bits and Flax 

 

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Toffee Bits and Flax

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup real butter (softened (1 stick))
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Heath chips
  • 3/4 cups oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup milled flaxseed

Directions

Stir dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and salt) together in a bowl. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after each.
Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl.
Add oatmeal and flax seed. Mix on medium speed.
Add semi-sweet chocolate chips. Mix on low speed or stir.
Add white chocolate chips. Mix on low speed or stir.
Add Heath chips. Mix on low speed or stir.
Shape dough into tall-ish columns and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes based on the size of your cookies. After removing from the oven, allow them to sit on pan for two minutes. Remove and allow to cool on wire racks.
Store in airtight container - if you have any left!

Tip

Using real butter creates a better flavor. A little shortening in combination with the butter creates a plumper cookie. Forming the dough into short columns instead of drops also helps with plumpness.

How do you minister to others?

Lisa~

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