To most Christians, Easter is probably the holiest of holidays celebrated. Family traditions are important during this holiday. A common tradition is baking Resurrection buns and cookies. Our forum members shared two of their favorite recipes they use to celebrate the rising of Christ.
This first recipe for Resurrection Buns is a great one to try with kids. It's easy, fun to make, fun to eat, and the perfect bonding opportunity during the holidays.
Resurrection Buns Recipe (from Sharon D.)
What Are the Ingredients and What Do They Mean?
- 10 oz. can biscuits (will make about 8 buns)
- about 1/4 cup melted butter
- about 3 tablespoons white sugar - the sweetness of the sugar represents how Jesus gave us the sweetest gift we will ever receive.
- about 3 tablespoons cinnamon - the spices represent the spices used to anoint Jesus' body before His burial.
- 8 large marshmallow (1 per bun) - the marshmallow represents Jesus.
- Each child takes a canned biscuit and flattens it out until it's about 5 inches across.
- They spread melted butter, sugar and cinnamon on it. Here, you can explain the meaning of these spices, as described above.
- Each child gets one large marshmallow, which represents Jesus. They place the marshmallow in the center of the biscuit then fold the sides around it forming a "tomb".
You can help the younger children pinch the sides of their tombs closed and then place them crease side down on a baking sheet so they will not open while cooking.
- Put more butter, cinnamon, and sugar on the outside of the bun.
- At this point, you can go ahead and bake the buns, or wait to bake them in the morning while the kids are hunting the eggs. Follow the baking directions on the biscuit package and make sure to allow cooling time, since the marshmallow will be very hot.
- Have the children bite into the bun. They will be surprised to find the center empty since the marshmallow has melted! As each child discovers the empty tomb, we repeat: He is not here for He is risen.
This baking of Resurrection buns has become a wonderful Easter morning tradition in our home. My kids start asking weeks in advance if we're going to make "empty tomb buns" again. They make and enjoy a delicious treat, and learn its importance as well. Plus, this is a tradition they can enjoy with their own families in the future.
To be made the evening before Easter
- 1 cup whole pecans
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- pinch salt
- 1 cup white sugar
- zipper baggie
- wooden spoon
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.
Add egg whites to vinegar. 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 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 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 Isa.1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. 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 there overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9