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Resurrection Cookies

Saturday April 8, 2023

Today we remember how Jesus spent a whole day in the tomb. To help us remember everything we've learned about Jesus's life and death, we have a special treat to make today.

Resurrection Cookies

Quick Preview: Resurrection cookies are a special way to walk through the story of Jesus's death and resurrection in a memorable way on Saturday night before Easter Morning! Read pieces of the story as you do each step of the process. Cookies will bake slowly overnight in the oven and be ready to go check on when you wake up on Easter Morning!

What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup of Pecans or chocolate chips

  • 1 tsp of vinegar

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 3 egg whites

  • gallon sized ziplock bag

  • wooden spoon

  • Parchment paper

  • cookie sheet

  • egg beater and bowl

  • masking tape or scotch tape

  • Bible

What You'll Do:

STEP ONE: Preheat Oven to 300 degrees F. Put pecans or chocolate chips in a plastic bag, seal it and beat them with a wooden spoon to break them into small pieces.

  • SAY: This represents when Jesus was arrested and beaten by Roman soldiers

  • READ: John 19:1-3

STEP TWO: Smell the vinegar. Invite children to dip a finger into the vinegar and lick their finger. What does it taste and smell like? Add the vinegar to the bowl

  • SAY: When Jesus was on the cross he was very thirsty. Someone filled up a sponge with vinegar and put it on a branch to lift it up for Jesus to drink.

  • READ: John 19:28-30

STEP THREE: Add three egg whites to the bowl.

  • SAY: Eggs represent life. Jesus came to give us life. By dying on the cross, Jesus gave us eternal life.

  • READ: John 10:10-11

STEP FOUR: Give everyone a little bit of salt to taste and then put a pinch of salt into the bowl.

  • SAY: Have you ever tasted your tears? What do they taste like? Tears taste kind of salty. Seeing Jesus crucified and in so much pain made Jesus's followers very sad. The salt can also remind us that our sin makes God sad because it hurts us, it hurts others and it hurts God. Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins.

  • READ: Luke 23:27

STEP FIVE: Give everyone a little taste of the sugar as you add 1 Cup to the bowl.

  • SAY: How does this taste? The sugar reminds us of the sweet, good news that Jesus died on the cross because of his great, big, never ending love for us! Jesus is really powerful, he could have come down off the cross, but he chose to stay there because of his love for you!

  • READ: Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

STEP SIX: Beat the egg whites to form peaks (about 10-12 minutes)

  • SAY: What color is this mixture? Lots of times the Bible uses the color white as a symbol of being pure, clean and holy. When Jesus died on the cross, he washed all our sins away and he made us pure, clean, and holy just like him!

  • READ: Isaiah 1:18 and Hebrews 9:14

STEP SEVEN: Fold in the nuts or chocolate chips. Using a teaspoon, drop scoops of batter onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.

  • SAY: Each mound reminds us of the tomb where the disciples put Jesus's body.

  • READ: Matthew 27:57-60

STEP EIGHT: Put the cookie sheet in the preheated oven and turn the oven off. Use a piece of masking tape to "seal" the oven shut, just like the tomb.

  • READ: Matthew 27:65-66

STEP NINE: Go to bed.

  • SAY: How does it feel to leave the cookies in the oven all night? Just like it feels sad for us to leave the cookies in the oven all night, Jesus's followers were sad when the tomb was sealed and they had to leave his body there.

  • READ: John 16:20 and 16:22

THE NEXT MORNING: Open the oven and give everyone a cookie.

  • SAY: What does the cookie look like? What does the inside look like? On the first Easter morning, Jesus's followers were amazed to find stone rolled away and the tomb was empty! Jesus had risen!

  • READ: Matthew 28:1-9

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