Crispy gingerbread and chocolate? Who knew it could go together? But before we get into the holiday deliciousness that is part of this cookie round-up I am doing with the Bloggers Gonna Blog gals, we need to talk about something important.
I’ve been really selfish, and that’s not a good thing.
Philippians 2:6-9 hit me really hard on the run tonight; I was just thinking and running, and I realized. I’m not acting like a servant of Jesus would act.
‘who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,’ (Philippians 2:6-9)
Lest this sound really vague, I’ll get really specific here. It’s about Instagram.
I love Instagram, but sometimes I stress myself out by getting on it. I tell myself, ‘You need to comment on everyone’s posts…’ Then I start to tear my hair out because I can’t possibly do it all, and then…
Well. I was following a bunch of people that I really loved to follow. I considered them friends, blessings, and people who shared wonderful content.
All of a sudden one day, I though, ‘Well they aren’t really following me or commenting on my posts.’ So I unfollowed them.
Don’t feel sorry for me. It was pure selfish pride and conceit that led me to make those decisions, and my heart is really burdened by that fact. I wasn’t thinking of God working through me, of God making each one of these people a precious, eternal soul with an eternal destiny. I was thinking them in a purely selfish way, that would serve ‘my purposes.’
So… I’m not going to say that I can change myself or I can turn over a new leaf and be selfless and God focused by myself.
But Jesus Christ has made me new, by His cleansing blood. And in His power alone can I be more selfless instead of self-focused.
No I’m not going to follow people just to get followers, because that is selfish. I don’t want to continue to be so self-focused. I promise that I won’t follow people that aren’t good for my mental and spiritual health, but I do want to follow and love people who God has put into my path and not avoid those precious relationships.
If you pray, can you pray for me; that I would be God focused and God glorifying in these Instagram relationships and not me-focused? I want to LIVE life dangerously for God’s glory and love without regrets. I don’t want to be ‘safe’ about holding love back, love that God has poured out on me, an undeserving, filthy sinner, who was destined for hell, on others.
I have failed in loving, but Jesus Christ did not fail in loving us, in taking the wrath of God on my sins on Himself, and by His strength, I can love others in a deeper, fuller, patient way.
Now… a group of gals that has been such a blessing to me with their love for others has been the ‘BGB Community.’ Most recently, we did a ‘BGB Thanksgiving collaboration’ which was so fun!
Now we are doing the #BGBCommunity Holiday cookie exchange, and I couldn’t be more excited to share these delicious looking recipes with you. You will have so many photographers and cooks and bakers who are WAY better than me at this photography/baking game and teach me so much (I have a lot to learn.)
Let’s get into the crunchy holiday gluten free gingerbread goodness that I have for you before I share the rest of the COOKIES!
This one combines …
Gingerbread and CHOCOLATE!
Who knew I loved chocolate? Hehe… Well. I do, and I thought it would be fun to do the ‘gingerbread’ flavor and find a way to sneak chocolate in there.
There’s even a superfood in these cookies. It’s called Purely Pinole, and I’m scratching my little baker head trying to think up creative ways to put it into everything this holiday season (well, maybe not our spaghetti sauce.) The challenge comes as part of a project by Purely Pinole called ‘Purple Power Project.’ The cereal is SUPER easy on the stomach, and it incorporates well into cookies, brownies, and even waffles! If you’re skeptical, you’ll have to come back, because I have a few bags that I think would be a great option for a giveaway!
How did I sneak that superfood into these gingerbread delights? Well, I won’t make this explanation long and drawn out; instead I’ll give you the recipe. :o)
Chocolate Kissed Gingerbread Cookies
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A crispy, thin cookie with a little kiss of chocolate and a hint of molasses.
- 2 cups all purpose GF flour (I made my own with 1.5 cups brown rice flour and 1/2 cup tapioca starch)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 c. vanilla protein powder (I used Try About Time Protein)
- 1/4 c. coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (melted)
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 TBSP of your favorite nut butter. (I used Honey Cinnamon Peanut butter.)
- 1/4 c. sucanat (or regular sugar)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 c. Purely Pinole Ancient Cereal (optional: You don't have to use if you don't have it)
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1/2 c. chocolate chips
- Preheat dat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Then begin beating your melted butter, coconut sugar, molasses, and egg. Mix in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, Purely Pinole, and cocoa powder. Once it is well combined, dump the flour mixture into the sugar/butter mixture. Mix well and sprinkle in the chocolate chips. Scoop them onto a greased cookie sheet. Or if you like to feel the smooth cookie dough in your hands, wash your hands and get after it! Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on how crispy you like your cookies.
And there you have it. If you make them, feel free to tag me on Instagram with #beautyinchrist… Or you can tag my account @beauty.in.christ. 🙂
Now I can’t leave you with just one cookie option. We have some beautiful women who have shared their cooking/baking prowess with you, and you need (need) to go check theirs out so you have BEVIES of cookie recipes to try.
#1) Vegan Peanut Butter Blossoms – Kaila really knows how to speak to the nut butter lover in all of us with this classic Peanut Butter Blossom recipe.
#2) Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Shortbread Cookies with Almond Butter Buttercream – Jess wows us again for this round-up. I tried her ‘Pumpkin Cheesecake‘ from the Thanksgiving round-up. Wow. It was DELIGHTFUL!
#3) Sweet and Spicy Peanut Butter Buds – Wow. Ellie has a really unique combination going here. I can’t wait to try it out!
#4) Bailey’s Chocolate Chip Cookies – Kara has the chocolate chip cookie department COVERED here! I want to just eat one right through the screen.
#5) Snickerdoodles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle – Ellen reminds me how much I have missed the snickerdoodle flavor. I think this would make 5 MUST try recipes! 🙂
#6) Allie’s Superfood Jam Thumbprint Cookies – After viewing all these beauties, the next thing I’m asking myself is, ‘How in the world do I decide what to try first?’
And…. a VIEW from snowboarding yesterday as I was just thinking about life and how great and awesome God is and how small I am and how I let the cares of the world so often overwhelm me instead of looking to Him that made it all…
We live in a big world, but there is an infinite God who made it all.
‘Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.’ (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Do you ever forget that the world does not rest on your shoulders?
What is your favorite holiday cookie?
Do you like gingerbread and chocolate together?
Who else makes gingerbread houses as a family tradition for Christmas?
Cookie exchanges? Have you done them?
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