Sunday, March 31, 2013

Resurrection Cookies

This year we decided to do something for Easter. I thought this project was pretty cool.

We got the idea from the MFW TM (Adventures) and also from this website.

First, the ingredients.

You will need:
1 cup whole pecans (we used raw peanuts that we roasted on stove)
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch salt
1 cup sugar
a zipper baggy
1 wooden spoon
scotch tape

Preheat oven to 200F (I followed MFW TM and not the site)

Ian was our bible reader

1. Jesus was beaten

Place nuts in zipper baggy and let 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

The kids had the most kick out of this. Until the last step, someone was still having a go at the poor nuts.

2. Jesus was given vinegar

Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar
to drink. Read: John 19:28-30

3. Egg signifying life
 Add egg whites to vinegar.  Eggs represent life.  Explain that Jesus gave His life
to give us life. Read: John 10:10&11

4. The disciples cried

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

5. The sweetness of Jesus' love

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.  Add 1 cup 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

Then while the mixture was being beaten by the trusty KitchenAid, the littlest excused herself for a bath.

6. The purity of the cleansed
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 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. 
The kids were very amazed that the mixture turned this white.
Read: Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3

7. Molds of the tomb

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 27:57-60

8. Tomb was sealed

Put the cookies in the oven.
 Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read: Matthew 27:65-66

9. Sadness of the disciples

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&22
The girl was really disappointed, but this picture was a reenactment.

While the kids slept, let the cookies bake for 2 hours. Then switch the oven off.
I cheated. I took a look at the cookies to make sure they are indeed hardened. They were.

10. The tomb is empty!
This morning we woke and the kids saw the tapes cut (I cut them) signifying the stone being rolled away.
When we bit into the cookies, they were hollow.

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

This morning we listened to YouVersion's bible app read the passage in NLT and also in Chinese. It was very cool. And we thought the cookies were delicious, like the hard nougat (lighter of course)

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