A few posts ago, I talked about making resurrection cookies as a part of our family traditions around Easter time. Well, every year that we’ve made them so far (3) they’ve turned out kinda flat and just not quite as yummy as my meringues usually turn out. They still taste yummy, but not quite as yummy as they could be. So, this year, I’ve tweaked the resurrection cookie recipe that you’ll find on most websites to result in, hopefully, wonderful airy, firm, crispy yummy meringues.
Remember to separate your egg whites from the yolk while the egg is still cold from the fridge (easier to separate) - then let your whites stand for at least 1/2 hour at room temp before beating (beats quicker with more volume). Have all your ingredients ready – meringues interrupted make for a flop! I think the trick is simply to make sure that you beat the egg white to soft peaks first – then add sugar and only after that add the vinegar (the traditional recipe has vinegar first). Also remember – the more humid your environment the less success you will have. Meringues are best made in a dry environment.
So, bear with the long post – here is the recipe: ingredients, method and bible readings
Resurrection Story Cookies
These cookies are made the evening before celebrating the Resurrection, and are cooked in a warm oven overnight so they will be ready on Easter morning.You need to preheat the oven to max degrees (this is important–don’t wait until you are half done with the recipe!)Ingredients: 3 egg whites; 1 cup whole pecans/peanuts; 1 tsp. vinegar; A pinch salt; 1 cup sugar; 2 tsp cornflour; A zipper baggie; A wooden spoon; tape; Bible
Place pecans (I use peanuts because they’re less bitter than pecans when cooked) 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 the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3
Beat egg whites to soft peaks. 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 1cup 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 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. Read Isaiah 1: 18 and John 3: 1-3
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. (add two teaspoons of cornflour at this stage – whisk until just combined). Read John 19: 28-30
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. (leave large spaces between because they e-x-p-a-n-d!) Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.Read Matt. 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 Matt. 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, 22
On Resurrection morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Resurrection, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9
Read more about our Easter traditions here: Easter Traditions