Monday, March 22, 2010

Resurrection Cookies

Last year we fled the almost always frigid Easter temperatures of the panhandle to WB's parents in Austin. We decided to try something new the night before Easter Sunday. Something a little bitter, but sweet too. We made Resurrection Cookies, and if you haven't made them you are in for a treat.

To be made the evening before Easter.

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

Preheat oven to 300 BEFORE BEGINNING.

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the 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 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.

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.

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

We all had fun doing this, but more than that it was a wonderful way to spend Easter Eve. Gathering around as a family, reading from the bible the story of Jesus. Remembering the true reason for joyful celebration on Easter morning.
For more fun and frugal ways to make Easter more memorable head over to Keeping The Kingdom First!
Also, head over to Beauty and Bedlam for all sorts of wonderful cuisine at Tasty Tuesdays.


  1. I love this! I was going to say you should link it up to Kingdom First Mom's Easter linky, and then I saw your name already there!

  2. kara, you are so wonderful! this is exactly what we are going to do the night before Easter. Thank you so much.

  3. This would be an awesome tradition to start in my family...thanks!

  4. This is one of my favorite activities ever. I always wince, though, when it is time to beat the pecans. I guess that is the idea, huh?
    Great post!

  5. Thanks for the kind words. Amy, me too!

  6. I've heard of these. Such a great idea.

  7. Kara - I found your other blogs. YEAH! Those cookies look soooo good and I love the taping the oven shut part. Great idea.

  8. Awesome! What a great hands on way to get kids to understand the Easter story. thanks for sharing.

  9. I've never heard this idea before...I love it and am definitely going to share this one! Thanks for sharing it with us. I found you through Tasty Tuesday...

  10. This is such a good idea. I have friends who have done it, but we never have.

    I have something for you on my blog:

  11. Love this! I think I'll have to try them with my guys this Easter.

  12. Very very cool. I think my kids are abit young, but hopefully next year we can try this. I've never seen them before. Thanks so much for sharing!