Monday, March 29, 2010

Resurrection Cookies

Making cookies with your children to teach the true meaning of Easter!
These are to be made the night before Easter.

1 c. whole pecans
1 t. vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 c. sugar
Zipper baggie
Wooden spoon

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees (this is important - don't wait until you're half done with the recipe).

1. Place the pecans in the baggie and let the kids beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, he was beaten by the Roman soldiers.

Read John 19:1-3

2. Put the vinegar into a mixing bowl. Let each child smell the vinegar. Explain that when Jesus was on the cross and he became thirsty, he was offered vinegar to drink.

Read John 19:28-30

3. Add the egg whites to the vinegar. The eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave his life so that we could have life.

Read John 10:10-11

4. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand and let them taste it. Put 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

5. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add the sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because he loves us. He wants us to know and belong to him.

Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

6. Beat the egg whites 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 sins have been cleansed by Jesus.

Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3

7. Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto a wax paper-covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body was laid to rest.

Read Matthew 27:57-60

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

9. Give each child a piece of tape to seal the door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.

Read Matthew 27: 65-66

10. Go to bed. Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight and that Jesus followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.

Read John 16:20-22

11. On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus followers were amazed to find his tomb empty.

Read Matthew 28:1-9

Tips: These cookies are a great way to give a hands-on lesson about the meaning of Easter to your kids. Last year I used mini chocolate chips instead of pecans because my daughter is allergic to nuts. Honestly, unless you have a nut allergy I would not recommend the chocolate chips. The cookies come out a bit like candy and just as sweet so the added sweetness of the chocolate chips made them a bit over the top in the sugar department. I don't know that we finished that many of them but the lesson of the cookies far outweighs the cost of the ingredients.

Recipe from my MOPS group.

I also shared this recipe at A Southern Fairy Tale, Blessed With Grace, Life as MOM, 8 Muddy Boots, Simply Sweet Home & The Grocery Cart Challenge.


Lizabeth said...

I love this recipe! I had forgotten about it until I saw your site. What a great idea for Easter. I am sad I missed your Rachel Ray cookbook giveaway. I'm giving away another of her books over on my blog Good luck & thanks for the recipe. Sincerely, Lizabeth

Shelly said...

Love your recipe blog!

Anonymous said...

I have made similar cookies and they have mini chocolate chips in them. They are truely yummy. Thanks for the scriptures and lessons to go with it.

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

I just heard about these! I will have to try them.

Jerri said...

This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for sharing your recipe for Sweet Thursday!

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