Celebrate Resurrection Sunday with this kid-friendly recipe that not only fills up tummies with tasty treats, but also teaches about the hope we have as Christians in our risen Savior, Jesus Christ!
Source: "Simple Pleasures: A Collection of Favorite Recipes" - Christian Ministries
Ingredients and Materials
(Yields 12-16 cookies)
1 c. whole pecans (thick pretzels can be substituted)
1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 c. white sugar
1 large gallon-size, zipper storage bag
Duct tape or packaging tape
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
a. Read John 19:1-3.
b. Discuss: After Jesus was arrested, He suffered greatly when the Roman soldiers beat Him.
c. Place the pecans or pretzels in the bag. Let your child beat them with a wooden spoon to break them into smaller, raisin-size pieces. Set aside until later.
a. Read John 19:28-30
b. Discuss: As Jesus was dying on the cross, He became thirsty and was given vinegar to drink.
c. Let your child first smell vinegar and add one teaspoon to a non-plastic mixing bowl.
a. Read John 10:10-11.
b. Discuss: Eggs represent the beginning of new life. Jesus gave up His life so we might have life.
c. Add egg whites to the vinegar.
a. Read Luke 23:27.
b. Discuss: The salt represents the bitterness of our sins and the salty tears shed by those who followed Jesus.
c. Have your child taste the salt. Then, place a pinch of salt into the vinegar and egg white mixture.
a. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
b. Discuss: What is the sweetest part of the Easter story? Jesus died because He loves us! He wants us to know Him personally and belong to Him as His children.
c. Add one cup of white sugar to the mixture.
a. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
b. Discuss: In God's eyes, white represents the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
c. Set your electric mixer on high and beat the mixture for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
a. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
b. Discuss: After Jesus died on the cross, a friend came and took His body, wrapped it in clean cloths, and laid it in a tomb.
c. Gently fold the broken nuts or pretzels into the beaten egg white mixture. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper, explaining that each mound represents the tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
a. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
b. Discuss: Jesus' tomb was sealed.
c. Place the cookies in the oven, close the door, and turn off the oven. Have your child tape around the oven door to seal it.
a. Read John 16:20-22
b. Discuss: Leaving the cookies in the oven probably makes you feel sad. In a far greater way, Jesus' followers were sad when His tomb was sealed.
c. Have your child go to bed.
a. Read Matthew 28:1-9.
b. Discuss: Just like your child is surprised to find out the cookies are hollow, the followers of Jesus were greatly amazed to find the tomb open and empty on the first Easter Sunday.
c. On Resurrection Sunday, remove the tape from the oven, open the door, and remove the cookies. Have your child take a bite and notice that the inside of the cookie is hollow! Celebrate the blessing that Christ is risen!
Have your child share his remaining cookies with friends and relatives, encouraging him to explain what he has learned about the Resurrection story while making them.