Saturday, March 22, 2008

Resurrection Cookies

If I remember during the rush to get to first service tomorrow, I will take a picture of the cookies for you. Perhaps when I am packaging them up to give out or something, I dunno. Also I debated on if I should show off my GORGEOUS kids or not, but I decided not to. Maybe next time, I should watermark my pictures but I haven't gotten around to it. The girls and I had great time making these. Piglet had fun going through the little motions and Diva and I talked a lot about Jesus' death and resurrection, which she knows a lot about from school, Sunday school and books we've read. This is so great to do with kids it helps them associate more of what Easter is truly about. These cookies should be made the evening BEFORE Easter. The girls and I will pass them out tomorrow at church with this message in the bags
"In all the world; There is no place As dear to me, As in an empty tomb within Gethsemane. Matt 28:1-9" 

Here are some more ideas for celebrating Resurrection Sunday
Tea Dyed Eggs (You can use food coloring or beet juice also)
Don't forget the Bunny Rolls
Here we go... (scroll down for just the recipe and no pictures :)  )



Resurrection Cookies
Turn your oven to 300 degrees before you start. Let it preheat.

You will need
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites,
pinch salt
1c. sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
tape
Bible




Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon (I let the girls use my pestle) 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 (I let the girls taste it) 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 this and how to belong to Him. Read Ps. 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 Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.





This took a while, sing songs or discuss more of the Easter story if it's not too loud from the mixer... I let the girls help me "hold" the mixer.








FINALLY!












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 Matt. 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 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 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 Matt. 28:1-9

Resurrection Cookies
Turn your oven to 300 degrees before you start. Let it preheat.

You will need
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites,
pinch salt
1c. sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
tape
Bible


1. Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon or rolling pin to break into small pieces.
Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

2. Let each child smell (I let the girls taste it) 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.

3. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life.
Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

4. 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.

5. 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 this and how to belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

6. 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 Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

This took a while, sing songs or discuss more of the Easter story if it's not too loud from the mixer...

7. 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 Matt. 27:57-60


8. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

9. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt.27:65-66.

10. 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 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 Matt. 28:1-9

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