Monday, April 6, 2009

Easter Cookies with a Story!

Resurrection cookies are a fun project for parents and kids to do together, and they help children understand what happened on that First Easter Morning. The cookies must be made exactly as written, and the Bible readings must be done at the same time for this dessert to be at it’s best. I have included links to the various scriptures so that you can print them out to read as you do the recipe and the Bible doesn’t get all floury!

These must be started the night before Easter.

Resurrection Cookies
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch salt
1 cup sugar
a ziplock bag
1 wooden spoon
scotch tape
Bible


Preheat oven to 300F.

Before you do anything else put the whole pecans in zip-loc and let your children beat them with a meat mallet, or hammers, to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested. He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read: John 19:1-3

Allow each child to smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl.Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegarto drink. Read: John 19:28-30

Add the egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His lifeto give us life. Read: John 10:10-11

Put a little of the salt into your child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers,and the bitterness of our own sin. Read:Luke 23:27

So far the ingredients would not make a very good dessert! Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us toknow and belong to Him. Read: Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks form. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sinshave been cleansed by Jesus. Read: Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3

Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper covered cookie sheet.Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.Read: Matthew 27:57-60

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read: Matthew 27:65-66

Now, go to bed.

Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read: John 16:20,22

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the crackedsurface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!

On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read:Matthew 28:1-9

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