My long-time homeschool friend, Peggy, sent a link today to these very special cookies, perfect for teaching children the story of Easter. Make these with your children on Saturday night. Each ingredient and each step of the recipe is used to explain, simply, how Jesus suffered, died, and rose again, demonstrating God's love for us.
My friend also pointed out that if there is a nut allergy issue, you can substitute chocolate chips for the pecans in the recipe. I've made them this way and they taste great.
Be sure to read and review the recipe and instructions ahead of time.
Resurrection Cookies Recipe with Scripture Readings
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
1 cup whole pecans
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vinegar
1 pinch of salt
Place pecans in the baggy and let the 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 to them.
Let child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. into 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 for our life. Read - John 10:10-11
Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand let them taste it then brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that 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 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of this story is that 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 mixer on high speed for 11-15 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
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by waxed paper-covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body was laid. Read - Matt. 27:65-66
Put cookies sheet in the oven. Close door and turn oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the 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 and 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 Day Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read - Matt. 28:1-9
He has Risen ! Hallelujah ! ! ! ! !
Note that the recipe makes delicious meringue cookies which you can make anytime, with or without the devotional.
Meringue Cookies photo: Stu_Spivack via Creative Commons license
Originally posted April 5, 2007. Updated March 26, 2016