So an Easter Tradition at our house is making Resurrection Cookies! I love the Bible verses associated with each step, and the kids love to help make these!!! The end result is a meaningful Easter story and a yummy snack (breakfast treat?) for the next day. Dale reads the Bible verses and the kids take turns adding the ingredients.
*Plan ahead, this recipe sits over-night.
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1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
wooden spoon or a wooden meat hammer
Important: Preheat oven to 350*F before starting.
Place pecans in baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon or hammer to break them into small pieces.
Explain that after Jesus was arrested he was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon of vinegar into the mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30
Add egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life.
Explain that Jesus gave his life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11
Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste. Then put a pinch of salt in the bowl.
Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’s followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing! Add 1 cup sugar to the bowl.
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 John 3:16 & Psalm 34:8
Beat with a mixer on high-speed for 10 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks form.
*A 4 little Ferguson reader just told me that if I would use a glass bowl, rather than metal, my cookies would have more loft!!!! Apparently, there is some chemical reaction with the metal and the egg whites that causes them not rise as much. Thank you for the tip, Debra!!! 🙂
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
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons on to wax paper covered cookie sheets.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’s 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 to seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66
Leave the kitchen and go to bed. Acknowledge that the kids are feeling sad that they’ve worked hard to make these cookies, and now have to leave them in the oven overnight.
Explain that Jesus’ followers were in sad when Jesus died and the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22
The next morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.
Take a bite, the cookies are hollow!
Note: Last year our cookies were not done, still chewy and soft inside, so we just baked them a bit longer at 350* that morning.
Explain that on the first Easter morning, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. HE HAS RISEN! Read Matthew 28:1-9
What are some Easter traditions in your family?
Every Easter since the boys were born, I made “Bunny Biscuits” for Easter breakfast-homemade biscuit (just like Grandma’s!) dough in bunny shapes. That is until one got married and no longer has Easter breakfast at mom and dad’s and the other now lives far away. 😦
And every year since our boys and our nephew were born, we went to Ben’s mother’s for Easter Sunday lunch, took family photos in front of her gorgeous azalea bushes, and then hunted eggs that Ben’s dad hid in the back yard. When the kids were small, we hunted real dyed eggs, plastic eggs, and 1 large prize egg filled with money per child. As they got older and didn’t want to hunt the small eggs, their granddaddy got two large prize eggs with $5 in each for each child AND their parents-so after photos he would give the go ahead and 7 grown-ups would all go racing around the back yard to find their two eggs-hilarious! That is until this year when their grandmother decided she no longer could handle hosting and my sister-in-law volunteered. We still took photos, hunted our prize eggs, and ate a huge spread of our favorite Sunday lunch food, just at a different location. And we had to do it the Sunday before Easter to be able to have all the kids there. I guess change is inevitable.
Mary, if you were closer, I’d have you come teach me! My kids would LOVE bunny biscuits! (you know how I feel about yeast…yikes!) Your story had me giggling at the thought of full grown adults racing around for their eggs!!! LOL 🙂 I hope my kids will want to keep those kinds of traditions into adulthood too!Change IS inevitable, but unfortunately, also necessary! Happy Easter sweet friend!!!!
Wow, this is super cool! I love how the kids can get hands-on, and the recipe really walks them through the story. I’ll be keeping this in mind when my kids are old enough to do this (I guess first things first–I need to get this first baby out of the cooker–only 6 more months! =).
WHAT?!?!?!??! Oh my stinkin’ word! I am SOOOOO happy for you! Congrats!!! I am coming to visit your blog RIGHT NOW to get caught up!
We did these cookies last year, and the kids loved them! It is a great visual to the story, and very neat to slow down the story and talk through it. *LOVE!* Definitely on our to-do list for tomorrow!
This is wonderful I will have to send this idea on for my grandkids:))
We make this recipe every year. If you use a glass bowl instead of a metal bowl, your cookies would be fluffier and look more like tombs. There is some chemical reaction with the metal and the egg whites that causes them not rise as much. 🙂
Thank you, Debra!!!! I am so glad to know that! I’ve always been a bit frustrated that they weren’t more tomb-like, but thought that must be as good as it gets! 🙂 Happy Easter!
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