Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday-Free-For-All: Happy 1st Day of Spring!

SPRING!!!! very favorite season of all. I love the smell of fresh cut grass, all of the blossoms, blooms and signs of new life...not to mention, being able to break out cooler clothes and flip name it, I love it.

Spring arriving also means that Easter is close behind! Each Friday, from now until Easter, we would love to share Easter craft ideas for you and your families. Please send them to us along with any pictures at You will even earn extra entries for our April Giveaway so don't be shy, girls!

To kick off our Spring and Easter fun, I thought I'd share a craft (baking) idea that I've received several of times in email. I've heard the cookies aren't the best cookies you've ever had but it seems like a tangible way of reminding yourself and helping your children understand the meaning behind Jesus conquering the grave.

Easter Resurrection Cookies
(to be made the night before Easter)

1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch salt
1 c. sugar

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees (important!)

  • 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 Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

  • Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 t. 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 c. 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 Ps. 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 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.

  • Share the Easter Cookie Story with your friends and email us YOUR ideas!

Print this recipe here. Happy Spring!!!

1 comment:

Karen said...

Oooh, neat recipe!

Happy Spring!