Saturday, April 28, 2012

Resurrection Cookies

Several of you asked what recipe we used for our Resurrection cookies this year.  I wanted to share it, but wanted to warn you that they weren't a big hit with the taste buds, but fun none-the-less.  The recipe is a lot like the Surprise Meringues that my mom makes, but uses chocolate chips instead of the nuts.  Next year we will probably go with the tastier route:)


Resurrection Cookies

What You'll Need
1 cup pecan halves
1 tsp white vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar

1. Preheat oven to 300* Make sure you do this first to make the oven warm enough.
2. Place the pecans in a plastic ziplock bag.  Let your child break the pecans into small pieces by beating them with a wooden mallet or rolling pin.  (I divided the amount into 4 baggies...1 for each of the kids so they could each participate).  Explain that after Jesus was arrested, Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3
3. Have everyone in the family smell and taste the vinegar.  Add 1 tsp vinegar to the bowl.  Explain that Jesus was offered vinegar to drink while He hung on the cross.  Read John 19: 28-30.
4. Add the 3 egg whites to the vinegar.  Discuss with your child that eggs represent life.  Explain that Jesus gave his life in order to give us life.  Read John 10:10-11.
5. Sprinkle a pinch of salt into your child's hands.  Allow them to taste a tiny bit and shake the remainder into the bowl.  Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus and his followers.  Read Luke 23:27.
6. Gradually add 1 cup of sugar to the bowl while beating ingredients on high with a mixer.  Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.  He wants us to know we belong to Him.  Read John 3:16.
7. Beat the mixture with a mixer for 12-15 min. until stiff peaks form.  Peak will stand straight when beaters are removed.  Share how the color white represents purity and Jesus can cleanse us of our sins.  Read Isaiah 1:18.
8. Add the nuts and fold in gently.  Drop the mixture by tsp on a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Explain that these mounds represent the rocky tomb where Jesus was laid.  As evening approached, a rich man came from the town of Arimathea.  His name was Joseph.  He had become a follower of Jesus.  He went to Pilate and asked for his body.  Pilate ordered that it be given to him.  Read Matthew 27:57-60.
9. Put the cookie sheet in the oven.  Then close the door and turn the oven off immediately.
10. Give your child a piece of tape to seal the tomb (oven door).  Explain the fact that the tomb was sealed.  Read Matthew 27:65-66.
11. Go to bed! Explain that your child may feel sad to leave the Resurrection cookies in the oven overnight.  To a much greater extent Jesus' friends were sad when He died and placed in the tomb.  Read John 16:20 & 22.
12. Do not open the oven until the following morning.  Allow your children to examine the Resurrection cookies.  They will form small mounds and have a cracked side.  When the children taste them, they will discover that the cookies are hollow representing that on the first Easter, Jesus' friends were surprised to find the tomb Empty.  Read Matthew 28:1-9.

~Recipe from Remember Me Pockets: APRIL~
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