The last few Easter Sundays, I have posted the recipe and instruction for Resurrection cookies, an activity that you can do with your children to help explain the Easter story. You can find all the information HERE on my blog. This activity is great for younger and older kids, but it may seem a little overwhelming in the midst of all your other Easter preparations. Another recipe that is a lot simpler, especially when you are trying to keep young children engaged, is for Resurrection Rolls. We made the rolls this morning and they tasted so good!!
I love that even my teenager will participate with a smile in all of our holiday rituals. This morning, as the kids hunted for their baskets for quite a while (Dad is a good "hider") and we made our Resurrection rolls, I had a sense that all the preparation and time expended on these activities is more than worthwhile. I think they will remember our family traditions, the significance behind them, and I hope it will grow their faith. Simple word pictures are sometimes the best way to remember significant truths. I still find this to be true in my own life.
Maybe one day they will remember when they have families of their own. Can you tell I am feeling a little nostalgic today? So, here goes...
1 can of refrigerated biscuits
1 package of large marshmallows, (must be fresh; stale ones won't work)
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Melt butter in a microwavable bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
Have the children each take a marshmallow. Jesus was pure and sinless which is represented by the white marshmallow.
Now have the children roll the marshmallow in the butter. After Jesus died on the cross, they anointed his body with oil.
Next, roll the marshmallow in the cinnamon sugar mixture. This represents the spices that were put on Jesus' body before they placed him in the tomb.
Take one biscuit and flatten it with your fingers. Wrap the biscuit around the marshmallow and seal it very carefully. Make sure it completely sealed. Jesus was placed in the tomb and they rolled a large stone in front of it to seal it.
Roll the ball of dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place it on the cookie sheet. Be sure and place them, seal side down, so the marshmallow doesn't expand and puff out the top.
Bake the biscuit tombs in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until browned on the outside. Remind the children that Jesus was sealed up in the tomb for three days.
"Taste and see that the Lord is good!"
Finally, remove the biscuits from the oven. Let cool slightly and encourage them to break open the tomb. Where is Jesus? He has risen! The rolls taste sweet. Easter is a sweet time because Christ died for us and then three days after the cross, he arose so that we also can have a new life in Him!