Resurrection Cookies – A Great Easter object lesson

Have you ever tried making Resurrection cookies? They make a fun project for your children’s class or even a wonderful devotional for a women’s meeting.

Here is the basic recipe with  the accompanying scriptures:

About 15 minutes before you begin, preheat the oven to 300 degrees to give it time to heat properly.

Place 1 cup of pecans in a baggie and crush them with a wooden spoon  then set aside – Jesus was beaten by the soldiers in the early hours of his crucifixion ordeal. John 19:1-3.

In a small mixing bowl, place 1 teaspoon of vinegar – Jesus was offered vinegar to drink on the cross when he said he was thirsty. John 19:28-30.

Add 3 egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs are used in the Seder feast at Passover to represent life.  Jesus gave his life for us. John 10:10-11.

Add a pinch of salt to represent the salty tears of grief shed when Jesus died, Luke 23:27.

Add 1 cup of sugar to the bowl and begin mixing on high speed for 12-15 minutes or until soft peaks form like a meringue. In spite of the sadness, Jesus death is sweet because it shows His love for us.  Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

The mixture will be light and fluffy white, similar to melted marshmallows. The white color in the Gospel story shows the purity of Jesus and how He washes our sinful hearts white as snow. Isaiah 1:18 and John 3: 1-3

We are now ready to make Jesus’ tomb. Carefully fold the crushed nuts into the fluffy sugar mixture. Drop by teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet which has been covered with waxed or parchment paper. The mounds will look like little white-washed tombs.  Matthew 27: 57-60.

Place the cookie sheet in the oven, shut the door and turn the oven off. The cookies must dry in the oven all night. If you are doing this with children, you may want to give them each a piece of tape to “seal” the oven door shut, just as the tomb was sealed by the Roman officials. Then send them to bed.  Matthew 27:65-66.

The next morning, take the cookies out of the oven. They will be firm, but fragile. Carefully remove them from the waxed paper and allow each child to have one.  They will notice that the cookies are firm on the outside and may have a cracked surface, but they are hollow inside! Jesus rose from the grave, leaving behind an empty tomb. Matthew 28:1-9.100_0290

Although this recipe has been around for years, the original author is not known. I found it while working on a devotional for our local Christian Women’s Prayer Connection and presented it as a witnessing tool for the ladies to use with their children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. I suggested making a batch and wrapping them with the Easter story narrative to give out to  everyone.

Certainly, if you are making them as an object lesson in church you will want to go through all the steps and have a second batch already pre-made  so the children can see and taste the finished cookie.

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