Looking for a memorable way to share the Easter story with your kids? These cookies may be just the thing.
These should be made the evening before Easter.
- 1 cup whole pecans (We have also successfully used chocolate chips.)
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ziploc bag per child
- 1 wooden spoon per child
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 mixer
- scotch tape
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. (This is an important step!)
Place pecans in ziploc bag and let children beat them with the wooden spoon until they are in 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 tsp vinegar into the 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 then 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 1 cup of 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 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 pecans. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a 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 into the 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 16:22.
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.
Pray and thank Jesus for the wonderful miracle of Easter!
Disclaimer: This recipe appeared in our church bulletin in 1999 – unfortunately, there was no credit attributed, so please let me know if you know who created this recipe.