Sunday, March 31, 2013

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

These are easy to make and quite good. The recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies and was obtained through . Enjoy!

1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup crushed peanuts

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Farenheit. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until well blended. Form cookies using a small scoop and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten each cookie and make a criss-cross pattern with fork tines. Sprinkle with peanuts. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Resurrection Cookies/Easter Story Cookies

This recipe was given to me by a friend who obtained it from which remains the source for this recipe. The recipe provided by my friend indicates that this is a great way to teach your children/grandchildren the real story of Easter. You will need:

1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
a plastic zipper bag
1 wooden spoon
scotch tape

These are to be made the evening before Easter. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Farenheit. Do this before you start to make the recipe. The oven needs to be at 300 degrees when you are ready to put the cookies in to "bake". You will see what this means later.

Place pecans in the plastic zipper bag 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

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: Joh 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: Psalm 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

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper covered cookie sheet. 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 and turn the oven off. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read: Matthew 27:65-66

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

Go to bed.

On Easter morning/Resurrection Sunday, 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:
Matthew 28:1-9