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Resurrection Cookies

Resurrection Cookies
On the Saturday before Easter, we make resurrection cookies (meringues). The best part is licking the spoon while we are putting these on our cookie sheets and then taping the oven shut (like sealing the tomb).  When we open up the oven on Easter morning to pull them out and pop one in our mouths, the meringues have a hollow center and remind us that the tomb was empty.
He is risen. He is risen indeed!

And come on, it's such a treat to have a meringue for breakfast!
Why not?! It's Easter and time to celebrate!

These cookies have been a fun way to talk about the Easter story since 2007 in our house.

the recipe we've used the last few years from Encore Cookbook

Below is the original resurrection cookie recipe and accompanying script.  I have found some of it to be a bit of a stretch for me and the kids so I only use parts of it and adjust it to make it work for us.  I also eliminate the vinegar as it does not taste very good and add some vanilla instead. 

Resurrection Cookies
1 c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 c. sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon

Preheat Oven to 300 F. (this is important - don't wait till you are half way done with the recipe!) Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children use a 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.
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.

Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to vinegar. 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 1 c. sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us, He wants us to know that and He wants us to love Him as well.

Read Psalms 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 Isaiah1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.

Read Matthew 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 Matthew 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 Sunday morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On Resurrection morning, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.

Read Matthew 28:1-9.


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