Friday, April 6, 2007

Resurrection Cookies and Rolls

Here are two recipes that are easy and can help children think about the real reason that we celebrate this Sunday! My family has made the cookies in the past, but not the rolls. We'll be trying them this year, though.

Resurrection Cookies
To be made the evening before Easter
1cup whole pecans
1tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important, don't wait till you're half done with the recipe!)

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the 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 1tsp 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 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 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 Isaiah 1:18 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.

Resurrection Rolls
1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough
8 large marshmallows
Melted butter
Give each child one triangle shaped section of crescent roll. This represents the tomb.
Each child takes one marshmallow which represents the body of Christ.
Dip the marshmallow in the butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture. This represents the oils and spices the body was anointed with upon burial.
Lay the marshmallow on the dough and carefully wrap it around the marshmallow.
Make sure all seams are pinched together well. (Otherwise the marshmallow will "ooze" out of the seams)
Bake according to package directions.

Break open the tomb and the body of Christ is no longer there!!
Celebrate God's love!


Sheri said...

What a fantastic idea! I found you on Anna's blog and am so thankful I visited you today Tracy... I have been praying that the Lord would give me more ideas to show my little daughters "the true meaning of Easter." I am going to try the cookies for now since I have the ingredients on hand and then maybe the rolls next year. Thanks again and I will be sure to pass the info along. Many Easter blessings to you and your family!

Jennifer said...

How neat! I don't have kids, but I think I will make these cookies with my husband tomorrow night :o)
I hope the rolls turn out great!

Christie Belle said...

Aww, I've read about the cookie one before, but not the one using crescent rolls! They are both so neat and symbolic. Thanks for posting both, I really want to do this when I have kids!

Karen said...

I've seen the cookies before but not the rolls. I think I'll try them, too. Thank you for the recipe.
Have a blessed Easter, Tracy!

Kelli said...

What a wonderful idea!!! May you and your family have a blessed Easter!

Trella said...

I love making both of these! I wasn't able to make them this year, but I am looking forward to doing it again next year in our new home.