Making Resurrection Cookies is one of our staples for celebrating Easter with our family.
As a Christian family at Easter, we joyously come together to celebrate the love sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross as well as His resurrection. There are many traditions we use to teach the story of Easter. Teaching my kids about Easter used to only consist of books and movies like Veggie Tales, like An Easter Carol…anyone else love “Hope’s Song“?
Over the years we have adapted as they have grown older. We have some seriously quiet reflection-type traditions like washing of the hands and feet and prayer stations like with the labyrinth in this picture:
Of course, we also do fun things like ‘egg’ someone’s house (plastic eggs!):
Our favorites, though, usually involve food! Stephanie shared this recipe for Resurrection Cookies a few years ago and it is one of our Easter staples! Enjoy!
- 1 c whole pecans
- 1 t vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- pinch salt
- 1 c sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. This important – don’t wait until you are halfway done with the recipe!
Place pecans in a zipper bag and let children beat them with a 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 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 sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us He wants us to know and 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 Isaiah1:18 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 Matthew 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 Matthew 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 Matthew 28:1-9.
How does your family celebrate Easter and the Resurrection? Do you have traditions or special activities that you do with your children each year?