Our Lord is Risen! Hallelujah! Easter was always my favorite holiday as a child. Take a minute and think back to how you celebrated Easter as a child. What did you look forward to? The Easter basket filled with candy? Maybe you looked forward to searching for cee
Open your oven on Easter morning and see the surprise!
• 1 c whole pecans
• 1 tsp. vinegar
• 3 egg whites
• pinch of salt
• 1 c granulated sugar
• 1 qt. or gal. size zipper bag
• wooden spoon
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Place pecans in Ziploc bag and let kids 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.
3. Let each child smell the vinegar. Add teaspoon of vinegar into the mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
4. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
5. 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 sins. Read Luke 23:27.
6. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup of 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.
7. 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.
8. Fold in broken nuts.
9. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
10. Place 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.
11. 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 John 16:22.
12. On Easter morning, open the oven and remove the cookies. Take a bite. Notice - 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: These rolls are super sticky but a delicious way to remember the real reason we celebrate Easter!
Materials: A can of crescent rolls, a few tablespoons melted butter, 8 large marshmallows, cinnamon and sugar mixture, parchment paper
1. Pre-heat oven according to directions on crescent rolls. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. (This recipe can be very sticky and this step will make clean up much easier!)
2. Unroll the crescent roll triangles. These represent the tomb.
3. Give each child a marshmallow. These represent the body of Jesus.
4. Roll the marshmallows in butter and then cinnamon/sugar. These represent the oils and spices that were used to prepare Jesus’ body for burial.
5. Wrap one marshmallow in each crescent roll triangle. Be sure to seal the seams tightly to prevent the gooey mixture inside from seeping out. (They will look more like balls when you are finished). This represents Jesus’ body being buried in the tomb.
6. Place the cresecent rolls on the parchment paper. Place in oven and cook according to directions.
7. After baking, allow to cool before eating.
8. When you open the rolls, they will be empty – just like Jesus’ tomb!
He is Risen! Hallelujah!
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