I am sure that many of you are aware of resurrection cookies. We love these cookies and they have become quite a tradition over the last few years! What a great hands on way to reinforce what Easter is all about and have a snack the next day to show for it! Don’t get your kids excited about eating them the day you make them….They have to sit in the oven overnight!
I have looked at quiet a few different sites and no one seems to know where they originated. Here’s the recipe and devotional to go along while you make the recipe.
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch of salt
1 cup of sugar
a ziplock bag
a wooden spoon
scotch or masking tape
These can be made the night before Easter or if you can’t do that anytime coming up to Easter would be just fine. Let’s not beat ourselves up over trying to make this perfect!
Preheat oven to 300F. (Do this now, don’t forget and try to do it later)
Place pecans in the ziplock bag. Let your children hit them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3
Allow each child to smell the vinegar. Put 1 t. into mixing bowl. Tell your children that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Ewwww. Read John 19:28-30
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life so that we might have life. Read John 10:10-11
Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Have them taste it and then brush it into the bowl. This salt represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27
So far the ingredients are really appetizing. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that this is the sweetest part of the story….Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents our purity in God’s eyes once we have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto a 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 into the oven, close the door and TURN OFF THE OVEN.
Give each chile a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Tell your children that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66
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 Resurrection Sunday (EASTER) morning (Or a different morning if that works better for you, remember we are not beating ourselves up for not doing it on the perfect day if it isn’t possible-doing it sometime is better than not at all), open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice when you take a bite, that they are hollow!! On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9
I really hope that you will find some time to make these with your kids. It is such a tangible (and tasty) way to explain the Easter story to them.