We have not done this yet, but I wanted to go ahead and put it on the blog before Easter so other families can make them too! Brent's Aunt Carole sent me an email about this last year and I thought it was a great idea to get the kids involved in a true Easter project. Plus they would enjoy the cookies of course! I would love to hear what your children have to say about it.
EASTER STORY COOKIES
These are to be made the evening before .
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
1 cup sugar
wooden spoon and tape
Preheat over to 300 degrees.This is important - don't wait until you're half done with the recipe.
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 the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3.
Let children smell the vinegar. Put 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 salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest in to the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our 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 of 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 teaspoons onto wax 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 over OFF.
Give child(ren) a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that 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 cookies.
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