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?