As Easter approaches, I’m reminded of The Greatest Romance, of God loving us so incredibly much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to be a sacrificial lamb for us. Now that’s love!
These weeks–days–leading up to Easter should be a time of reflection and growth, but unfortunately, too often life becomes a distraction, or we get caught up in the world’s view of Easter with chocolate and bunnies and Easter eggs and more. As a parent the challenge was always “How do we teach our children to see Jesus, to know and understand the real meaning of Easter, when the world keeps pointing in a different direction?”
Our family has a few different Easter traditions, but one our twenty-something “kids” still want to do is create Resurrection Cookies. Making these cookies tells the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection and gives a visual and tangible reminder of His amazing love and sacrifice.
Typically, we make the cookies the evening before Easter.
What you need:
- Mixing bowl, cookie sheet, wax paper
- 1 cup chocolate chips (Well, the recipe calls for 1 cup whole pecans, but we substitute chocolate chips since the kids didn’t like pecans.)
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup sugar
- Zipper baggies
- Wooden spoon
- Preheat oven to 300.
- Put chocolate chips into the baggie. With the wooden spoon, have family members *beat* the chips to break them into smaller pieces. While they do this, someone reads from John 19:1-3.
- Let each family member smell the vinegar, then put it in the mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was on the cross, He was thirsty, and they gave Him vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
- Add egg whites to the vinegar. Egg whites represent life. Explain that Jesus sacrificed His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
- Sprinkle a dash of salt into each person’s hand. Tell them to taste it, then brush the remainder into the mixing bowl. Tell them that the salt stands for sin’s bitterness and the salty tears Jesus’ followers shed. Read Luke 23:27.
- So far, the ingredients aren’t very appealing, right? So add 1 cup of sugar while explaining that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because of His love for each of us! Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
- Beat the ingredients with a mixer on high speed for 12 – 15 minutes, until white peaks are formed. Explain that the white stands for purity in God’s eyes for all who’ve been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
- Add in the broken chips (or pecans). Then drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a wax-paper covered cookie sheet and tell the family that each cookie mound stands for the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
- Put the filled cookie sheet into the oven, close the door, then turn off the oven. Have each family member tape the oven door to seal it. Tell them that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
- Go to bed! Tell everyone that just like they might be sad that the cookies are in the oven overnight, Jesus followers were also sad that Jesus was dead and in the tomb. Read John 16:20 and 22.
- On Easter morning, have everyone remove their tape, open the oven, and remove the cookies. Give each family member a cookie and have them notice the cracked surface. Then take a bite. The cookies are hollow inside! On that very first Easter, Jesus’ followers were surprised to find the tomb open and empty! Read Matthew 28:1-9.
What Easter traditions do you follow that help remind you of God’s amazing love?