Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What to Eat Wednesday-Resurrection Cookies

Because I couldn't find the recipe quickly this year, I wanted to post it so I have it for next year. Without photos even. Maybe we will try and re-create it sometime, or just wait and take photos again next year.
These really are not hard. I think I was just trying to do too much at once, and I whipped everything all together at once. You can't do that! The pecans have to gently folded in at the end.

Resurrection Cookies
To be made the night before Easter

1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar

*Preheat oven to 300 degrees. (Important! Do this first thing!)
Put the pecans into a ziplock bag have one of the kids beat the pecans with a rolling pin, to break them into pieces.
Explain that after Jesus was arrested, he was beaten by the Roman soldiers, and read John 19:1-3.

Have each child smell the vinegar. Put one teaspoon of vinegar into a mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, he was given vinegar to drink, and read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life.
Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life, and read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little bit of salt into your kid's hand. Let them taste it and then brush the rest into the bowl.
Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Now read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients aren't very appetizing. Add the cup of sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us, and He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat all the ingredients with a mixer on high speed for about 12 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, and read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in gently the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper/foil covered cookie sheets.
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 the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape, and seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66

Go to bed.
Explain that they might feel kind of 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.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28: 1-9

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