Yummy: Resurrection Story Cookies
These mouth melting meringues made a hit with our local trendy restaurateur: "You've got to try them!" As a bonus, get the Easter story too.
Most Fun: Beating chocolate into chips
& Kids amazement when they learn the Easter story.
Preparation: 20-25 minutes
Cook Up Understanding
We love the Resurrection Cookies: children make delicate meringues and have fun learning the Easter story. My boys relate to beating the chocolate to bits like Jesus was beaten. I marvel at the children’s’ expressions when they smell vinegar (yucky!) and realize that Jesus was given vinegar to drink to quench his thirst.
We’re talking Jesus and the meringues. The Bible verses (scroll down for free download) which correspond to each cooking step give a taste of the sweetness of Jesus. Our boys’ meringues received the highest compliments from our local trendy restaurateur. He called his staff over, “Il faut l’essayer!” You’ve got to try it.
|Ingredients for 4 people|
|- 3.5 oz (100g) chocolate||- Zip plastic bag|
|- 1 tsp. (cuillère à café) white vinegar||- Mallet|
|- 3 egg whites||- Cutting board & Dish towels|
|- 1/4 tsp. (pincée) salt||- Tape|
|- 1 c. (verre) sugar||- Bible (or click here for Easter verses)|
|Color-Coded Parent and Child Directions (Parent's = black. Child's = orange.)|
|Child & Parent||Wash, scrub & rub hands.|
|Parent||Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).|
|Child||Place chocolate in the ziplock bag and beat it with the mallet to break into small pieces. We put the bag on a cutting board set on top of several dish towels to reduce the noise.|
|Parent||Discuss how after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3|
|Child||Put the vinegar into a mixing bowl and smell the strong aroma.|
|Parent||Talk about how when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30|
|Child||Add egg whites to the vinegar (eggs represent life).|
|Parent||Discuss how Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11|
|Child||Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.|
|Parent||Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27|
|Child||So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar.|
|Parent||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 Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16|
|Child & Parent||Beat the ingredients together with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.|
|Parent||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|
|Child & Parent||Fold in the broken chocolate chunks. Drop cookies by a rounded teaspoon onto a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper.|
|Parent||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. TURN THE OVEN OFF.
|Child||Take a piece of tape and seal the oven door together.|
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66
Explain to the children 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
|Child||On Resurrection (Easter) morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice that the surface of the cookie is cracked. Take a bite. The cookies are hollow!|
|Parent||On the first Resurrection, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:5-6|
|Child||Thank Mom or Dad for a good time. Remind them that you are one great cook!|
Photo by Christophe Chauchat