You’re a Smart Cookie!

Posted on November 30, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Smart Cookies

These cookies are topped with Britain’s Smarties (or America’s M&M’s).                           This Christmas will you be a SMARTIE like the WISE MEN?

The Wise Men saw a star that was out of the ordinary and couldn’t be identified.  Jesus was not an average baby being born, he was the Savior of the world.  God sent a star to signal the wisemen of the great event that would happen.

Preparations

The wise men got prepared –they started asking questions. “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?”  How will you get prepared for Christmas? Buy wrapping paper, presents, get the decorations hung, buy groceries.

How should we get prepared for Christmas?  We could start asking questions like, what is the purpose of Christmas?  Have you ever wondered – Why do we celebrate Christmas?

Unity

Just like the egg binds the ingredients together, the wise men were bound together.  They were bound by their common purpose – to worship the Lord.  Matthew 2:11 “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”

They worked together to get to Jesus so that they could worship Him.  The focus wasn’t on themselves as individuals, but the focus was their purpose – worshipping God.

Priorities

Instead of worship God like the wisemen, What are your priorities?

What are you submitting to?  turning to a tub of icecream to make you feel better, numbing the pain by watching TV, sleeping or drinking away problems?  Submitting to food, people, sleep, & alcohol will never satisfy a longing only God can fill.

What do you adore? people’s opinions of you more than God’s opinion of you, money, your looks, your current lifestyle?

What do you give reverence and respect to? Climbing the corporate later, being the most popular person in work or school, no matter what you have to do to get there?

Choices

Herod is more concerned that the presence of Christ will interfere with his power, with his position, and with his lifestyle. Herod doesn’t care that the Messiah came into the world to be a sacrifice and to take the punishment for his sins.  He just wants to get rid of Jesus from his mind and from His life so he can focus on himself, his family and his life.

On the other side, the Wise men looked for God to provide a Saviour, they found Jesus, submitted to Him and worshiped Him.  They worshiped Him, even though it wasn’t clear how it would all work out.  God asks us to live by faith – faith that doesn’t always understand but a faith that believes in God.

Be a SMART COOKIE this season, and choose wisely what your priorities are!

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Ingredients

  • 320 grams (2 1/2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 170 grams (3/4 cups) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 130 grams (2/3 cup) granulated white sugar
  • 140 grams (1/2 cup & 2 tbsp) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Smarties® candies to decorate
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175° C).  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 2 – 3 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and egg yolk, beating until well combined. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Drop the dough in small balls 2-3 cm wide on the parchment paper.  Make sure there is plenty of space between each ball as they expand in the oven.  Bake the cookies for 8 minutes.  Take them out of the oven and press the smarties into the cookie.  Place back in the oven for 1 minute.  Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 24 yummy cookies.

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Pictures are from the Table Talk ministry at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Northern Ireland.

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