Resurrection Cookies

For those of you who have small children or grandchildren nearby, I came across a wonderful idea for communicating the gospel to kids in preparation for Easter.  I look forward to doing this with some of my Little People this weekend.

Ingredients:
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
ziplock bag
wooden spoon(s)
tape
Bible
Prior to mixing anything: Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Put the pecans in the ziplock bag and have children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Read John 19:1-3 and explain that after Jesus was arrested, he was beaten by the Romans soldiers.
  • Have each child smell the vinegar, then put 1 tsp into a mixing bowl. Read John 19:28-30 and explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.
  • Add egg whites to vinegar. Throughout history, eggs represent new life. Read John 10:10-11 and explain that Jesus gave his life to give us new life.
  • Sprinkle salt into each child’s hand, asking them to taste it. Then throw a pinch in the bowl.  Read Luke 23:27 and explain that this represents the tears Jesus’ disciples cried.  It also represents the bitterness of our sins.  Ask why sin is bitter and wrong?
  • Draw to the kid’s attention that the ingredients so far haven’t been very tasty.
  • Then add 1 cup sugar.  Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16. Explain that the sweet part of the story is that Jesus died because of how much he loves us.
  • Beat with mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3 and explain that the color white represents how God sees us when we become Christians and our hearts have been forgiven and cleansed by Jesus.
  • Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Read Matthew 27:57-60 and explain that each “cookie” represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
  • Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape to “seal” the oven door. Read Matthew 27:65-66 and explain that when Jesus was put in the tomb, the entrance was sealed. Jesus’ tomb was sealed. 
  • Tell the children the project is over.  When they ask when the cookies will be done, tell them they have to stay in the oven all the way till tomorrow. Ask if they are sad or disappointed that you will have to leave the cookies there in the oven. Read John 16: 20 and 22 and  explain that Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
  • The next morning, or much later that day (Easter morning is perfect) open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! Read Matthew 28:1-9 and explain that on the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. 
Easter blessings to you and yours!
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One thought on “Resurrection Cookies

  1. This is a great idea!! I may need to do this with Jon, since Jack is too little to understand this year…

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