Saturday, April 16, 2011

Resurrection Rolls and Cookies

Shared by my friend Barbara, on her blog, these are both beautiful lessons of an empty tomb.  To visit her site, click on her graphic:
Resurrection Cookies

What a wonderful way to explore and share the true meaning of Easter. It is great fun for all the family and the cookies really are delicious.  Read the whole recipe before beginning, and have your Bible handy … best done together Saturday night before Easter Sunday.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees


1 cup whole pecans
Zipper baggy
Wooden spoon
Mixing bowl
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
1 pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Wax paper
Cookie sheet

Place pecans in the baggy and let the 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 children smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. 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 the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life for our life. Read - John 10:10-11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand, let them taste it then brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that 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 this 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 mixer on high speed for 11-15 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 teaspoon onto waxed paper-covered cookie sheet.  Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body was laid. Read - Matthew 27:65-66

Put cookies sheet in the oven. Close door and turn oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the 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 Resurrection Morning open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite.
The cookies are hollow !

On the first Resurrection Day Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read - Matthew 28:1-9

He Has Risen ! Hallelujah ! ! ! ! !

What a wonderful way to teach children about the risen Savior...Hope you enjoy these with your family.

Resurrection Rolls

This sounds similar to the Resurrection Cookies, but even more simple, and would be fun to do with children.

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.   Cool.

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

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