Any who knows me knows I’m big on tradition. One of our traditions on the evening before Easter is to gather at the table as a family and make Resurrection Cookies. This is a recipe I found many years ago when I was trying to teach my children that Easter meant more then the Easter Bunny and a basket full of candy. They enjoyed it so much and I found it so meaningful that we have done it every year since.
Start by gathering all your ingredients together so that there are no distractions once you get started. You will need:
1 cup pecan halves
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
mixer and bowl
parchment or waxed paper lined cookie sheet
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Do this right away, do not wait until you are half done with the recipe. Place pecans in zipper baggie and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon to break them 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 the mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add the egg whites to the 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 cup 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 Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 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 the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the lined 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. 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. GO TO BED!
On Easter morning, open the oven door 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.
The first year that my children rushed to the oven for the cookie before even attempting to look for their Easter baskets I knew I had succeeded in making the point I wanted to make. Try this with your family next year, young or old. I think not only will they be amazed (the hollow cookies are kind of cool) but I believe it could become a very cherished tradition for your family as well. Happy Easter!