We started a new tradition this year. It’s one that I’ve been wanting to do for years. But, somehow, something always got in the way. This year, I seized the day.
We baked and decorated Jesus Cookies for Easter.
In Christmases Past, at least the last 12 of them, we’ve baked Jesus Cookies in December, including cookie cut-outs of the entire manger scene: Mary, Joseph, the Baby in the manger, the wise men, the camels, the donkey, the lamb, the star. You get the picture.
Years ago, I pined away for a similar set of cookie cutters that would represent the events Jesus’ life and of Holy Week. Of course, I never found a set like that. So, this year I made my own.
I dug through our vast cookie cutter collection and pulled out the things that we already had: a praying man (aka Joseph at Christmas), a donkey, a lamb, a sailboat, a fish, a hand, a music note, and letters that spelled out “Jesus” and “God with Us.” I also purchased a few new ones: a cross, a goblet, a crown, and a foot.
Here’s how the symbols break down:
- letters spelling out: Jesus, God with us
- a sailboat – He controls the wind and the sea
- a hand and foot – The Servant king washing the feet of others, as well as the crucifixion
- a donkey – for His triumphal entry
- a tree – for Zaccheus, as well as to go with The Tale of Three Trees
- a praying man – for the mount of olives
- a lamb – Jesus is our sacrifice
- a music note – even the stones would praise him
- a dove – He is the prince of peace
- a goblet – for the last supper
- a crown – He is the king of kings
Today the kids and I baked the cookies using a Cinnamon Sugar Cookie recipe. At one point I turned over the rolling and cutting to them. I was amazed at how well they did. It started out with just me girl while the younger one napped. Then the boys joined in, too.
After the cookies were baked and cooled, we decorated them with a simple powdered sugar icing and sprinkles. The kids had such a great time! Why don’t I do this more often?
It’s definitely an Easter activity that we’ll be repeating next year.
Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Powdered sugar glaze: 1/2 cup powdered sugar mixed with enough milk to make a thin glaze.
- In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract. Add the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon and blend until well combined.
- Chill for several hours.
- Preheat the oven to 400 °. Line several baking sheets with parchment or silpat mats.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out. Cut with shapes.
- Bake the cookies on the prepared sheets for 5 to 7 minutes. Cool completely on racks before glazing with powdered sugar glaze.
- Place the cookies in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12
The cookie recipe itself is light on the sugar to offset the amount of sugar you may or may not be dumping on top. If you choose not to ice them, simply sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before baking.
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What’s your favorite recipe for Easter or Passover?