Little Sweet Treats: Use Cookies to Open Hearts to the Gospel

Decorations, trees, gifts, and food define Christmas for many, leaving little room for Jesus. Rather they think of Santa Claus and overspending. This year, share the Savior with homemade witnessing tools—cookies—and create a connecting point for future relationship building.

Plan a group cookie party to make, decorate, and share cookies and then use them to open hearts to the gospel. Search recipe websites for decorated cookie recipes, try one of the recipes below, or dig out your grandmother’s favorite cookie recipe. Choose large batch recipes simple for a group to make, or bake a few batches ahead of time and decorate later as a group. Cookies that stay fresh, transport easily, and won’t crumble make for a better presentation.

Prepare an invitation listing December church events as well as Bible study and worship times. Attach a catchy poem like this on one side to use as an icebreaker:

This box is full of something sweet

Made just for you to eat.

But there’s more to this little rhyme

Because, you see, it’s Christmastime.

Christmas is more than cookies and lights;

It isn’t just tinsel, all shiny and bright.

Jesus was born long, long ago

A stable for His very first home.

He lived and He died for you and for I;

Jesus isn’t just for Christmastime!

Include your family members in the fun. Children of all ages can help make cookies, decorate containers, color invitations, and distribute gifts.

Choose 1 or 2 neighborhoods for distribution. Pray for the residents before you go.

Sing Christmas carols at the door. Ask if you can pray for those receiving the gifts and be prepared to share the gospel.

Lynn Durham loves being a pastor’s wife and mother and leading adult women to learn to love the Lord more through His Word.


OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

2 cups butter

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

4 eggs

24 ounces chocolate chips

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 (8-ounce) chocolate bar, grated

4 cups all-purpose flour

3 cups nuts, chopped

5 cups oatmeal

 

Cream together butter and both sugars. Add in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together next 5 dry ingredients. Combine creamed butter and sugars with dry ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop golf ball–sized cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6 minutes at 375°. Yields 112 cookies.

 

CHOCOLATE-TOFFEE BARS

½ cup butter or margarine, melted

1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

1 ¾ cups teddy bear–shaped chocolate

graham cracker cookies, crushed

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 ¼ cups almond brickle chips

½ cup walnuts, chopped

6 English toffee candy bars, crushed

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Line a 13-by-9-inch pan with aluminum foil, allowing foil to extend over ends of pan. Pour melted butter into pan. Sprinkle cookie crumbs in bottom of pan; press firmly and bake at 325° for 5 minutes.

Layer almond brickle chips and next 4 ingredients over crust in pan. Press layers down firmly. Pour condensed milk evenly over top.

Bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely in pan. Lift foil out of pan. Cut into bars. Yields 2-dozen bars.

 

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