I realize Easter is just a few days away and this post may be a little late for some of you but maybe you can pin it for next year!
This activity would be a fun thing to do as a family this weekend, Saturday night, the night before Easter. We did it with our Activity Day girls this week and they really enjoyed it. Especially eating the cookies.
The process of making Resurrection cookies is a wonderful way to share the Easter story. Each step and ingredient of the recipe represents a part of the story. The final product, the cookie, is a representation of the empty tomb that was found on Easter morning. The meringues cook so that the middle of the cookie is hallow.
I found the recipe over at The Idea Room and you can visit Amy to get a printout of the scriptures and directions.
The ingredients are simple – pecans, egg whites, white vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt. We chose to use half nuts and half chocolate chips in our cookies. Good choice! Preheat oven to 300 degrees before you start.
The night before:
Step one: Beating the nuts with a wooden spoon represents that Jesus was arrested and beaten by Roman soldiers
Step two: We had the girls smell the vinegar and talked about how Jesus was forced to drink it when he was thirty on the cross. It is added to the bowl.
Step three: Egg whites are added. Eggs represent life and that by giving His life, Jesus gave us eternal life.
Step four: Each girl was given a little salt in their hand and encouraged to taste it. The salt represents the salty tears that were shed by Jesus’ followers and the bitterness of our sin. A pinch of salt is added to the bowl.
Step five: Sugar was added to show that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.
Step six: The egg whites are beat to form peaks and the white color represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Christ.
Step seven: Fold in the nuts and drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was placed.
Step eight: We used masking tape to seal the oven just as the tomb was sealed. I told the girls that this was purely symbolic and the cookies would bake fine without the tape. The oven is immediately turned off when the cookies are placed inside (300 degrees)
The next step is to go to bed and then on Easter morning open the oven and give everyone a cookie. As they take a bite they will discover that the cookies are hollow. Just as on the first Easter morning Jesus’ followers discovered the empty tomb.
It is a simple and fun way to share the Easter story with your family. And it is yummy too!
How grateful I am for the Easter story and that I know that my Savior lives and that He died so that I may, each day, have the opportunity to begin again. To repent of my sins, to be better, to do better. I love this short video about Starting Today.
After our cookies were made we then put together a set of Easter Scripture Eggs for each of the girl. Another wonderful way to share the Easter story. I encouraged the girls to use the eggs with their family at their Easter dinner or brunch. Each egg contains a part of the Easter story in scripture and an object that represents that scripture. I have shared this idea with you before and you can find all the details for Easter Scripture Eggs here.
I hope that each of the girl’s left with a better understanding of the real reason we celebrate Easter and with the ability to share that with their family!
1 C whole pecans (or 1/2 C pecans, 1/2 chocolate chips)
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 C sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
Place pecans in bag and use a wooden soon to break into pieces.
Add vinegar, egg whites, salt and sugar to bowl.
Beat until stiff peaks form – 5-10 minutes depending on mixer.
Fold in nuts
Cover cookie sheet in parchment paper or brown paper bag.
Place in oven and TURN OFF oven. Keep oven shut and allow to sit overnight.
Place meringue by spoonful onto sheet