If you haven't heard of Resurrection Cookies before, you and your children are in for a treat. I've been making these cookies for years with a class I teach at my church. Make sure you start the cookies the night before Easter and they will be ready in the morning for you and your family to enjoy.
1 cup whole pecans*
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 cup sugar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
zip lock bag
1. Preheat oven to 300F. Place pecans in zip lock bag and let the children beat the pecans with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, he was beaten by the Roman Soldiers.
Read: John 19:1-3
2. Let each child smell the vinegar. Put one teaspoon of vinegar into the mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.
Read: John 19:29-30
3. Add egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life.
Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us eternal life.
Read John 10:10-11
4. Sprinkle a little salt in each child's hand. Let them taste it and put a pinch into the bowl.
Explain this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our own sins.
Read Luke 23:7
5. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and and belong to him.
Read: John 3:16 and Psalms 34:8
6. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color of white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sin have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
7. Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheets.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Matthew 27:57-60
8. Put the cookies in the oven, close the door and TURN OFF THE OVEN. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.
Read Matthew 27:65-66
9. Explain that they might feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20 and 22
10. On Easter morning open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. Inside the cookie you'll find a small hollow hole.
Explain that on the Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matthew 28:1-9
HE IS RISEN!!
*Update 5/23/15: This year I substituted the pecans for mini chocolate chips. Many kids in the past complained about not liking nuts. I also had the problem of not being able to use nuts in the classroom I would teach this object lesson in. Chocolate chips fixed both problems. Instead of hitting the nuts in a bag, I had the kids bang on mini Hershey bars.
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