Easter Story Cookies
- 1 cup (about 7oz / 200g) whole pecans
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup sugar (about 7oz / 200g)
- A 'zipper bag'
- A wooden spoon / rolling pin
- Some 'sticky' tape
- A Bible
These are to be made the evening before Easter Day (so on Easter Saturday evening!).
Preheat the oven to 300°F / 150°C / Gas Mark 2. Preheating the oven is VERY IMPORTANT!
Place the pecans into the zipper bag and beat them into small pieces with a wooden spoon / rolling pin. (You can use a normal bag, just remember to seal it well!)
Explain that after Jesus was arrested, he was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3
Smell the vinegar.
Put the vinegar into a mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, he was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30
Add the egg whites to the vinegar.
Eggs represent life.
Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11
Sprinkle a little salt into person's hand.
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
Add the sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us and God wants us to know Him. Jesus willingly died for us even though He was the sinless Son of God. This was the only way that our sins could be forgiven.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks form.
Explain that the colour white represents that we are pure before God, if we believe that Jesus died for our sins and that God has forgiven us.
Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in the broken nuts.
Drop the mixture, by teaspoon, onto a waxed paper / non-stick cookie / baking sheet.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Matthew 27:57-60
Put the baking sheet in the oven.
Close the door and TURN THE OVEN OFF.
Give each child a piece of tape and seal up the oven door.
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.
Read Matthew 27:65-66
GO TO BED!
Explain that we may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus'
followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20-22
On Resurrection Day 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 Day, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matthew 28:1-9
I think this recipe originally might have come from: "Simple Pleasures", a collection of favourite recipes, Christian Ministries.