Lori, over at allyouhavetogive.com shared this Easter cookie recipe that I think I will try with the kids later this week.
Resurrection Story Cookies
You need to preheat the oven to max degrees (this is important–don’t wait until you are half done with the recipe!)Ingredients: 3 egg whites; 1 cup whole pecans/peanuts; 1 tsp. vinegar; A pinch salt; 1 cup sugar; 2 tsp cornflour; A zipper baggie; A wooden spoon; tape; Bible
Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them 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
Beat egg whites to soft peaks. 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 it and brush 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.
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1cup 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 Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. 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
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. (add two teaspoons of cornflour at this stage – whisk until just combined). Read John 19: 28-30
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. (leave large spaces between because they e-x-p-a-n-d!) Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.Read Matt. 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 and “seal” the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 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 morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Resurrection, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9