Easter Cookies

Several years ago this recipe was given to me to do with my oldest son in preparation of Easter. This is a great project to do with your kids the night before Easter to reinforce the events that led to the glory of Easter morning.

To be made the night before Easter.

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Easter Cookies

Ingredients:

1 c. whole pecans

1 t. vinegar

3 egg whites

Pinch of salt

1 c. sugar

Additional Supplies:

Zipper baggie

Wooden spoon

Cold metal mixing bowl works best.  Put a metal mixing bowl in the refrigerator an hour before starting the recipe so the bowl is really cold.

Tape

Bible

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  This is important – don’t wait until you are 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 He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.  Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put 1 t. vinegar into cold 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 sprinkle 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 c. sugar.  Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.  He wants us to know this and how to 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.

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 Fold in broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoons onto was paper covered cookie sheet.  Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.  Read Matthew 27:57-60.

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 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.

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 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.

 **This was the first time I had made this recipe with my 5 year old. It would have worked better to read the passages from the Bible if there was another adult – one to work on the recipe with him and another to look up and read the passages.  For his age, it really worked a little better to just tell him the meaning as we went along.  However, this is a project that could be done with children for several years to reinforce the events leading up to the first Easter.  Older children could take turns reading and looking up the scripture readings themselves.**

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