Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

[adapted from How Sweet it Is]

makes about 12 giant cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups oats (I used quick-cooking)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chunks

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. To make the brown butter, start by melting the stick of butter in a small saucepan. Stir or use a whisk constantly. You want all the butter to melt first, and then you need to watch it carefully so that you can get it to a nice golden brown color. There will be bubbles so don’t worry! You will also see a lot of brown bits, don’t worry, it’s not burning! That’s where all the flavor comes from. Once its done, let the butter cool until its just warm, not too hot, so that it won’t cook the egg!

2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, oats, and cinnamon.

3. Add cooled butter to a large bowl, being sure to scrap as many of the brown bits into your bowl as well. Add in your sugars and whisk until well combined. Then add in egg and vanilla. Mix it all together!

4. Stir in your dry ingredients and fold in your chocolate chips. If its dry, add a bit of milk or canola oil to moisten the dough!

5. Spray your whoopie pan (or you can just use a regular pan, lined with silicone or parchment paper), and take 3 tbls servings of dough and press into molds. Oatmeal cookies won’t really flatten too much in the oven, so make sure you press down the tops of the dough a little if you don’t want cookies with big mountain tops! Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let them cool and indulge!

When He has come, He will convict the world of sin . . . —John 16:8

Very few of us know anything about conviction of sin. We know the experience of being disturbed because we have done wrong things. But conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit blots out every relationship on earth and makes us aware of only one— “Against You, You only, have I sinned . . .” (Psalm 51:4). When a person is convicted of sin in this way, he knows with every bit of his conscience that God would not dare to forgive him. If God did forgive him, then this person would have a stronger sense of justice than God. God does forgive, but it cost the breaking of His heart with grief in the death of Christ to enable Him to do so. The great miracle of the grace of God is that He forgives sin, and it is the death of Jesus Christ alone that enables the divine nature to forgive and to remain true to itself in doing so. It is shallow nonsense to say that God forgives us because He is love. Once we have been convicted of sin, we will never say this again. The love of God means Calvary— nothing less! The love of God is spelled out on the Cross and nowhere else. The only basis for which God can forgive me is the Cross of Christ. It is there that His conscience is satisfied.

Forgiveness doesn’t merely mean that I am saved from hell and have been made ready for heaven (no one would accept forgiveness on that level). Forgiveness means that I am forgiven into a newly created relationship which identifies me with God in Christ. The miracle of redemption is that God turns me, the unholy one, into the standard of Himself, the Holy One. He does this by putting into me a new nature, the nature of Jesus Christ.  {http://utmost.org/}

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