This Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is inspired by a video I came across on Facebook of a popular cookie spot in Orlando, Florida called Gideon’s Bakehouse. That image of a chocolate chip cookie smothered with chocolate chips on every inch won’t leave my mind and I had to make my own at home. I have no idea how Gideon’s cookies are made and how they taste like but I sure hope to in the near future. It’s going to be delicious!
My version is a little less indulgent since I did not mix in anymore chocolate chips into the dough. As I have shared in my previous post, I am trying to “healthify” my recipes so I cut down on the chocolate chips (chocolate callets by Callebaut, to be exact) plus I do think it would be a little overwhelming if I did otherwise. I also used other flavors or add-ons aside from chocolate chips: Dried Blueberries, Raisins, Sliced Almonds and Milk Crumbs using Milk Bar’s Milk Crumb recipe by Christina Tosi. I made her Blueberries and Cream Cookies recently and had a surplus of the milk crumbs. Good thing I remembered to use it because it turned out oh so good!
TALK LIFE: INSIDE OUT MIRACLES
Naming this cookie “Inside Out” Chocolate Chip Cookies naturally led me to want to share on this topic of Inside Out Miracles. We had a prayer meeting over at our house last week and our pastor shared on the healing of the paralytic who was let down from the roof into the presence of Jesus (Mark 2:1-12). This man was apparently seeking healing. He and his friends had most probably heard about all the miracles and wonders Jesus had been doing then.
Jesus acknowledged their faith but instead of healing the man at the onset, he forgave him first, which many deemed blasphemous (but we’re not going into that side of the story here) and then healed him. What our pastor shed light on and which I am excited to share with you today is how the Lord cares more about what’s our state inside than what’s happening outside of us.
I realized that a miracle starts in the unseen, it starts from within. God makes sure that we have the proper internal foundation to receive a miracle, sustain it and live life in all its fullness.
God is powerful. Nothing is impossible to Him. He once made the sun stand still in answer to Joshua’s prayer and healing is something that He has already accomplished at the cross. However, we have the freedom to choose how we eat (let’s focus on this aspect here). We can indulge ourselves 24/7 and what would we expect? And then we come to the Lord for healing and we should.
However, we have to “manage” our expectation. This is not because God withholds from His children. On the contrary, He wants to give so much more than what we ask or imagine if we ask and allow for the miracle to happen from the inside out.
Yes, the Lord in His mercy, wisdom, love and grace can instantly impart healing but I believe He cares so much more about what’s inside of us – the real issue or the core of our problem so He wants to deal with these things first. Because yes, He may heal us from a lifestyle disease but if we are not transformed from the inside, we’ll run ourselves into the same problem again. And again. Probably worse.
Yes, He can reset our physiology but if we are not changed from within, we’ll just get ourselves ill again. If nothing’s changed in terms of our attitude, mentality, beliefs, how we see ourselves, how we see others, our habits, our self-discipline and all these other internal things that must be dealt with, a miracle, no matter how spectacular, will come to nothing.
This revelation is changing the way I pray and wait for healing or a miracle. I honestly could not understand how the Lord will not heal me when I ask Him to, when it was written and I believed He could. It is only now that I get to appreciate how good a Father He is for “withholding” skin deep miracles from me. He wants to change me from the inside out and enjoy this life fully and freely!
- 225 g (1 cup) Unsalted Butter
- 150 g (3/4 cup) White Sugar
- 160 g (3/4 cup) Golden Brown Sugar
- 2 med (100 g) Eggs
- 250 g (2 cups) All-Purpose Flour
- 250 g (2 cups) Bread Flour
- 32 g (1/4 cup) Full Cream Milk Powder)
- 1 tbsp Cornstarch
- 1 tsp Fine Salt
- 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
- Dark Chocolate Callets
- Dried Blueberries
- Sliced Almonds
- Milk Crumbs
- Cookie Sheets
- Preheat oven at 350 F (180 C)
- Cream 225 g (1 cup) Unsalted Butter with 150 g (3/4 cup) White Sugar and 160 g (3/4 cup) Golden Brown Sugar for about 5 mins in med speed
- Beat in 2 med (100 g) Eggs for another 5 mins
- In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients - 250 g (2 cups) All-Purpose Flour, 250 g (2 cups) Bread Flour, 32 g (1/4 cup) Full Cream Milk Powder), 1 tbsp Cornstarch, 1 tsp Fine Salt and 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
- Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients
- Beat in low speed just until blended (no more than 20 seconds)
- Form into equal balls (100 g)
- Surround each ball of dough with add-ons of your choice
- Bake for 20 mins
- I use a weighing scale to portion out the dough into balls to ensure all is equal and will bake at the same time
- You can follow suit with the add-ons I used here or completely scrap them for whatever add-ons you prefer