The Lenten season and Holy Week have been a bit different this year due to COVID-19. Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, will really be strange for Christians across the world who are used to attending church for what is commonly understood as one of the two biggest days of the Church year (the other one, of course, being Christmas).
Those two days, which mark the birth and resurrection of Jesus, are generally celebrated in houses of worship, by even the most casual of churchgoers.
I recently had a good laugh, in the midst of the schedule upheaval we’re all experiencing, thinking about how the Man upstairs pulled a quick one on the entire world this year … He made everyone give up something for Lent!
I also thought about a column I penned many years ago about Resurrection cookies (or Easter story cookies). Instead of looking for that old column, I searched the Internet for the recipe and story behind the cookies.
With everyone staying at home, one might consider making a batch of these cookies with their family Saturday night.
(aka Easter Story Cookies)
The process used to make these cookies is a great way to share the Easter story. Each step and ingredient of the recipe represents a part of the story. The final product, the cookie, is a representation of the empty tomb that was found on Easter morning.
• 1 cup pecan halves
• 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
• 3 egg whites
• 1 pinch salt
• 1 cup white sugar
• Step 1 - Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
• Step 2 - Place pecans in a sealable plastic baggie, crush the pecans into small bits (Read John 19:1-3).
• Step 3 - Put 1 teaspoon of vinegar into a medium bowl (Read John 19:28-30).
• Step 4 - Add egg whites to the vinegar (Read John 10:10-11).
• Step 5 - Sprinkle salt into the egg whites (Read Luke 23:27).
• Step 6 - So far, the mixture isn’t very appetizing. Add 1 cup of sugar (Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16). Beat with mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed (Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3).
• Step 7 - Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper lined baking sheet (Read Matthew 27:57-60).
• Step 8 - Place cookies in the oven, close the door and turn the oven off (Read Matthew 27:65-66).
• Step 9 - Go to bed (Read John 16:20 and 22). Just as you may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight, Jesus’ followers were sad when the tomb was sealed and they had to leave his body there.
• Step 10 - On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. As you take a bite you will discover the cookies are hollow. On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
It’s a great day … Happy Easter!
Mike Probst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.