Friday, April 1, 2011

Resurrection Cookies Recipe

Easter has become my very favorite holiday.  (Which is saying a lot, since pretty much every holiday is one of my favorite holidays. You know?) It will be here before we know it, and I am beginning to think about the preparations for it.  A few years ago, I began hearing about all these great things you could do for Easter with your kids, and there are so many options to choose from.  We finally found one we love 1) because it's easy and makes a statement, and 2) because it's amazingly yummy.  (Most of my life is decided by that criteria.) Our family makes Resurrection cookies the night before Easter.  I asked my kiddos if they would help me make a batch early, so I could share them with you guys, and as long as I promised to let them eat ten cookies a piece, they agreed.  They drive a really hard bargain.  Hoodlums.  I found the original recipe somewhere on the internet a couple of years ago, so I'm sorry I don't have the link to give credit where it's due. Lastly, I'll be taking the next week off for Spring Break.  I know I said I was taking last week off... but then I didn't.  Because I'm a girl.  Girls change their minds sometimes. 
Gather the following: 
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar
*Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  (This is super important!) Put the pecans into a ziplock bag and let your hoodlums 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.
 Let 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 child'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 the broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper covered cookie sheets.  (Um.  Or if you forgot to buy that, just use foil.)
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
 Now put your babies to bed.  (I will still call my children babies when they are 25 years old.)
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

He has RISEN!

33 comments:

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  2. This is an amazing and fun way for kids to learn about the importance of Easter and the real reason we celebrate it.

    Thanks for sharing! I will definately be doing this!

    You're so stinkin' creative!

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  3. oh my goodness, i LOVE this! thank you for sharing , such an awesome 'hands on' way for the kids to get it!

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  4. I tried this one year...they did not turn out. Yours look "right"! :) Maybe I'll try again this year.

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  5. Sasha,
    Loved this post. Did this with my kiddos when they were littles. You did a great job with the step by step and the scripture references. Thanks for sharing this early.

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  6. Wow. That was a great way to teach children about Easter. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will be passing this on to friends at church.

    God Bless! Enjoy your break!

    Jessica

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  7. My kids know how important Easter is but this is such a great way to show them. And they'd have fun. We just may try this. Thanks!

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  8. HE has RISEN indeed!
    Thanks Sasha for the cookie idea.

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  9. A couple of our "little people" don't like nuts. I have eaten a cookie like this that had little chocolate chips in it. Do you think it would work?

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  10. What a terrific way to help the kid to learn while visualizing. Thannk you for the step by step...we will be doing this.

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  11. This is so cool! Ok so now I need to go out and have some kids so I can make these cookies with them.

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  12. i've told myself i AM GOING TO MAKE these with my kiddos this year! i've wanted to forever :) thanks for the reminder.

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  13. That is one of the coolest object lessons for kids I have ever seen.

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  14. Such a great way to celebrate Jesus!

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  15. Oh my gosh! I just stumbled onto your blog and love the cookies. I've never heard of this before, and my kids are grown, but I will definitely pass this on to my daughter, who hopes to start her family soon. Or maybe it can be a "grandma thing" someday!

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  16. we made those a few years ago. love the symbolism. we'll be in you know where this year for easter, so i won't be whippin' out that recipe but we are dyin' eggs for sure:)

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  17. Have not had those in ages. My grandma used to do these for Easter, not sure I ever knew the story. I just knew we only had them at Easter time.

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  18. I can't wait to make these with my kids.

    You're so good.

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  19. Awesome idea. Thanks so much for sharing. We will miss your great post if you take off for a week - but enjoy. Be blessed :)

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  20. I love this. What a sweet and teachable moment for children to remember.

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  21. I have seen these but never tried them. I wanted to touch base with you cause I haven't seen anything from my lmm in awhile. I hope things are okay with you. I know you have alot on your plate and might be feeling overwhelmed. You are still in His will and He hasn't forgotten about you. Keep praying, keep smiling and keep loving. You are an awesome child of the King. Thanks for all your insight and wisdom!

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  22. Seriously? This is SO very cool! I love it!

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  23. Thanks for this, have put a link to this post on my blog - hope that's ok. Xxxx

    http://www.playontheword.com/?p=884

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  24. Made these with the kids this evening. They are in the oven right now.

    Thanks!!

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  25. Thank you for this lovely idea. I saw it on Alice's blog and we're going to try it tonight! I've also linked to it from my blog http://cookingreadingsinging.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/another-easter-idea/

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  26. this is an amazing idea!
    doing it for SURE!
    xo

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  27. I made these for my daughter and she is begging for them again this year. She calls them God's cookies. I made them with pretzels instead of nuts and they worked out great!

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  28. I really love this idea.....just reading the recipe made me cry....how will I be when I actually make them! Wendy

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  29. How many cookies does this recipe make. I've never made them, but I want to use them for my children's message this Easter. I plan to make enough tomorrow and then just walk through the steps with the kids on Easter Sunday. Anyhow, I'd appreciate knowing how many batches I'll need to make. Thanks :)

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  30. I just found this! I LOVE YOUR SITE! I'm going to make these tonight too! <3

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  31. What an incredible idea! I'm going to use this recipe with my kids this year. I hope you don't mind, but I posted a link to this recipe on my blog: https://desertmum1.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/celebrating-easter/

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