Kairos Prison Ministry

Cookies for Inmates

Kairos is a ministry whose purpose is to bring spiritual renewal to inmates. Although most of us cannot go into the prisons, there is a very important way you can help through homemade cookies.

Homemade cookies are a tangible expression of Christian love to a group of people who seldom encounter concern or love in the course of their daily lives. These cookies represent the never-ending love of God. Your loving sacrifice will provide “bread” that shines the Light of God’s Grace into the darkest corners of a prison unit.

The next Kairos weekend to be held at Donaldson Correctional Facility is October 15 – 18, 2015. One of our church members, Bill Dowell, will be on this Kairos Team. Each weekend is comprised of 42 inmates and about 30 team members. Please deliver the cookies to the Church Office no later than 6:00 PM on October 14.

As you bake these very special cookies, please pray for the inmates and team members who will be eating them. Due to the nature of the prison system, there are some requirements for you to follow. In addition, there are some recipes to choose from. You can use your own recipes as long as they follow the cookie guidelines.

Thank you for your help. May God bless you for the gift of baking!

Cookie Guidelines:

Cookie Preparation: The types of cookies that are generally acceptable are: Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Molasses, Chocolate Chip, Ginger, and Sugar. It is very important not to use icing, sugar, or any other type of coating on the outside of the cookie. Do not add any kind of fruit to the cookie. (See suggested cookie recipes below)

Prayer is the Key Ingredient: Pray individually or as a family over the ingredients before and during mixing. Pray over the cookies as you drop them onto the cookie sheets and bake them. Ask God to use your cookies as a source of His love to shine on the prisoners and staff on the Kairos weekend. Pray that each cookie brings the inmate, officer or warden who eats it closer to God. We want every person to become part of the family of God.

Packing the Cookies: Insure that the cookies are thoroughly cooled and then bag the cooled cookies in a quart sized Zip Lock bag. Place a dozen cookies per bag.

 

Suggested Cookie Recipes

Peanut Butter

¾ cup Creamy Peanut Butter

½ cup Crisco shortening

1 ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar

3 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 ¾ cup all purpose flour

¾ tsp salt

¾ tsp baking soda

Combine peanut butter, shortening, sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix at medium speed until well blended. Add egg and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda, mix well. Add flour mixture to peanut butter and mix until just blended. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly in a crisscross pattern with the tines of a fork.

Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes until set. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

 

Chewy Oatmeal

¾ cup butter flavored Crisco

1 ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup milk

1 ½ tsp vanilla

3 cups quick cooking oats

1 cup all purpose flour

½ tsp salt

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp cinnamon

Combine Crisco, brown sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix at medium speed until well blended. Combine oats, flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a separate bowl, mix well. Add to Crisco/sugar mixture until just blended. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies.

 

Chocolate Chip

¾ cup Crisco shortening

1¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 tsp milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1¾ cup all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

¾ tsp baking soda

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Combine shortening, sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl, mix until well blended. Add egg and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda, mix well. Add to shortening/sugar mixture until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

 

Molasses Cookies

¾ cup margarine or shortening

1 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

4 tbsp molasses

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

In a large bowl, cream margarine or shortening with sugar. Add egg and blend. Add molasses and spices; mix well. Add flour and baking soda and blend. Chill dough 30 minutes or overnight (covered tightly). Shape dough into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 325 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.

 

Sugar Cookies

1 cup margarine or butter; 2 sticks at room temperature

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup powdered sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

4 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

Beat together margarine, oil, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add dry ingredients to margarine mixture. Drop from a teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees until cookies are light brown around the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes (watch closely; cookies will be dry if they get too brown). Makes approximately 5 dozen.