Easter Nests
Submitted by: TeddyBear
1/2 pound chocolate
flaked coconut
Jelly beans to garnish
Melt chocolate in heavy sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add as much flaked coconut as possible without drying out the chocolate. Drop mixture by tablespoonful on waxed paper. Quickly place 3 or 4 jellybeans on top of each nest.  Allow to set completely. Wrap each one in plastic wrap.
Note: Great for Easter baskets and much cheaper than Russell Stover.

Peanut Butter Crisps
Submitted by: Sugie
1 cup dark corn syrup
2 cups sugar
2 cups creamy peanut butter
8-12 cups dry corn flakes
Bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Add corn flakes until mixture is too stiff to stir. Roll into 1/2 inch balls. Makes about 50 cookies.
The Skinny: Use your favorite sugar substitute and low fat peanut butter.

Resurrection Cookies
Submitted by: Barbiel
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
Preheat oven to 300F (don't wait until you're half done with the recipe). Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with 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 1teaspoon 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 1cu. 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 Psalms 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
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 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 Matthew 28:1-9
Now you can eat your favorite cookie!
Note:  This is a fantastic way to have fun with children and explaining the whole Ressurection story at Easter time!

To submit your favorite recipes to be included in the Garden of Friendship Recipe Book, please email them to Barbiel

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