About four years ago I came across this story and recipe online while looking for something unique to do with my little ones at Easter time. This is a great way to share the story of our Saviors sacrifice with a hands-on approach that will leave your children remembering this story ( and the cookies) for years to come.
The ingredients you will need -
1 Cup of whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees (remember to do this before you start the story and mixing your ingredients!)
Then follow the steps one by one...
1. Place pecans in zipper baggie 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 Romans soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
2. Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
3. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Fold in broken pecans. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
Wow... what child would not love to participate in something like this? What child would not remember something like this? What child would not want to EAT something like this? lol.
You could even have your neighborhood children come over for the story before bed, and have them come running back in the morning to see & eat the cookies. What a way to share this spread the story to your neighborhood!
I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Easter... may you remember the reason for this season...
God bless you all!