I have an affinity for cookie cutters & boy, I hit the mother lode recently at a local thrift store!!
I was delighted to add several to my collection, & at bargain prices, too. I love a good deal.
As I was washing my new found treasures, I noted that several of them were similar in shape, but different, too. There must have been 5 or 6 tree shapes & at least that many hearts. Many could be considered vintage, perhaps made in the 50’s or 60’s.
I was reminded that as Christians, we are like that hodge-podge of cookie cutters. All made differently, but with a similar purpose. We look to Jesus as the ultimate image to liken ourselves, but He brings our individual personalities, gifts, & talents to the table to glorify Him.
Do we want to be “cookie cutter” Christians, performing a list of do’s & don’ts merely for the sake of appearing righteous? Man sees the outside, but God looks inward to our thoughts & motives.
It is unlikely that I could witness as effectively to certain folks as could the pony tailed biker dude that installed my kitchen sink. During his time in my home, I learned that he was gloriously saved from a life of alcoholism & drug abuse, & now ministers to those struggling in these areas.
Nor perhaps, could he, to the folks God brings my way…BUT we all can point to the One who sees us & accepts us as we are, grateful for salvation through Christ, & loving Him enough, to want to become what He would have us be.
I’m sharing today a Cut-Out Oatmeal Cookie recipe. I will be trying out this one using my recently acquired treasures.
“Cookie cutter,” when used as an adjective (as a noun adjunct phrase), is defined as a “lack of originality or distinction”, a reference to the uniformity that results from the use of a cookie cutter. In this usage a hyphen is often inserted to group the concept ‘cookie cutter’ into a single modifier. One example is a reference to a suburban subdivision’s housing, all looking pretty much alike, as “cookie-cutter homes”.
Cut-Out Oatmeal Cookies
A small amount of cinnamon and a bit of extra salt brings out the wholesome flavor of the oats. These cookies taste great plain or with the cinnamon icing.
Beat together until light and fluffy:
– 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
– 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
Add and beat to incorporate:
– 1 large egg
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add and mix thoroughly:
– 1 1/2 cups oats, ground fine in a food processor
– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 3/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350º. Roll dough out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4-inch thickness and cut with your favorite cookie cutters then transfer cookies onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone liners. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 20 cookies
To decorate, melt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter in microwave-safe bowl, then stir in 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Frost cookies.
Note: Another tip for using cookie cutters is to make fudge & poor it into cookie cutters placed on wax paper or a silicone mat. When fudge sets up, remove from mat &slip into clear cellophane bags for gift giving.