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Angels are Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies
Love is a plate full of chocolate chip cookies!
Children can't wait to dive into a pile of them and adults are charmed with warm childhood memories in response to a room filled with the aroma of chocolate chip cookies baking in an oven. What makes them so special to us?
We are united by our common bond of love that began when we were children. Our parents and grandparents baked cookies with or for us just because it was a lovely way to spend time together. They wanted to make us smile, to hear us chuckle with delight. We ate them with a glass of milk and shared them with friends.
From the beginning, love and friendship have been associated with chocolate chip cookies, and such experiences stay with us throughout our lives. They are comforting and rise to the surface when we are in emotional or physical pain. These memories of warmth and caring connect us to others because they evoke similar memories that others have also stored in their hearts, and thus we are never alone with our memories around chocolate chip cookies.
My little angel loves to share her milk and cookies ~
Chocolate Chip Cookies in Literature and Entertainment ~
The evidence for our common bond around chocolate chip cookies can be witnessed as we read books and watch movies. Here are two specific examples that have impressed me most:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a half-blood son of a Greek Olympian father (Poseidon) and a human mother (Sally Jackson). At age eleven, he finds out who he is and is brought to Camp Half-Blood to stay safe from the attacks of mythical monsters. At Camp Half-Blood, the nectar of the Olympian gods is given to the campers as part of the healing process from injuries incurred during their battles with monsters. The nectar tastes like chocolate chip cookies.
Why does the nectar taste like chocolate chip cookies? Is this because the gods want to show their caring for their children? In Percy Jackson's world, the gods do not interact directly with their children very often, so this may be one way in which they show their caring for them. The nectar seems to quicken the healing process so that the campers are ready for action again soon after a fall.
Michael (1996 film), starring John Travolta
In the movie "Michael," starring John Travolta as the warrior archangel who has come to Earth with a mission to heal a heart or two, the main character stops for refreshment at a bar with the motley group in his care. He hides his wings, but there is another way that his love energy attracts the notice of many of the women in the room.
"He smells like chocolate chip cookies!" one of the woman observes with delight.
Those that notice this begin to dance toward and with Michael, much to their boyfriends' dismay. The aroma makes him feel "safe." It touches their "inner child," their memories of love and caring, and they dance with him for a while to bask in that feeling of safety. No doubt, they are in need of some healing, and that is what they find by dancing with Michael.
Michael smelled like chocolate chip cookies...
Michael is an angel who visits earth and manages to bring miracles into the lives of the people he meets. He charms with his playfulness and the scent of chocolate chip cookies.
Our Spiritual Connection to Chocolate Chip Cookies ~
Love and Acceptance
A direct line to the simplicity of childhood
Our parents and grandparents baked them for and with us, just because they love us
We felt loved by the fact that someone made them just for us
Magjnifies feelings of warmth and happiness, and joy in simple pleasures
When we shared them with friends, the love and caring we felt was multiplied and expanded
We often enjoyed a cookie or two after we have shed tears ~ the endorphins they release make us feel better
Part of us loves to return to this magical time, as a way to let go of stress or/and as a way to bond with our own children
Sharing cookies with friends still multiplies the love we feel among friends, new and old
Eating them still heals hurts that cannot be soothed any other way
A tray of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies
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Cookie ingredients ~
- 1 cup Quick-cooking oats
- 2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
- 1 teaspoon Baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 12 ounces (1 1/4 C) Chocolate chips
- 3 sticks Butter, softened
- 1 cup Light brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup Granulated sugar
- 2 Large eggs
- 2 1/2 tablespoons Vanilla extract
Making the cookie batter ~
- Pour oats for a spin in a food processor so that they become powdery.
- Combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a food in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whip the butter to make it creamy.
- Add to the butter the sugars and vanilla. Then whip until they are all creamed together.
- Add the dry ingredients to the whipped butter mixture by the spoonful, and fold them in with an electric mixer until they are fully combined.
- Place the batter in the refrigerator for 10 to 30 minutes
- While the batter is chilling, preheat the oven to 350° F and grease 2 or 3 cookie sheets with butter.
- Using a teaspoon, spoon the batter onto the cookie sheets. Five rows of 4 dollops make excellent spacing between them.
- Bake in the oven from 9 to 11 minutes. Electric ovens cook faster than gas ovens, so setting the timer for 10 minutes is usually the perfect amount.
- Let the cookies cool on a rack, then serve with tall cups of milk.
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Before or after this dance scene, a woman can be heard expressing her delight over the fact that this stranger in their midst smells like chocolate chip cookies. This encourages all the women to flock to him on the dance floor. This was evidence to me that this Michael visited Earth to heal more than just one heart.
© 2013 Karen Szklany Gault