Easter Story Cookies

by April Purtell

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

—Benjamin Franklin

Cookies that tell the Easter story to be made the evening before Easter (the date/timing is important). I have had this “recipe” for at least 20 years, but the paper on which it was typed doesn’t show a source.

Necessary Ingredients
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar
Equipment
Ziplock bags
Wooden spoon or rolling pin
Tape
Bible

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. (This is important; don’t wait till you’re half done with the recipe!)

Place pecans in a Ziplock bag and let children beat them with the wooden spoon or rolling pin 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 and taste the vinegar on a fingertip. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Discuss how life is made up of joy and sorrow. Discuss those kinds of moments in Jesus’ life. The marriage at Cana, dinner with Mary, Martha and Lazarus, the transfiguration, and the triumphant entry into Jerusalem would be joyous times. The bitter moments would include the crowd trying to kill him, Peter denying him, and the crucifixion. Discuss both types of moments in your own family’s life. 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 brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the sadness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar letting each child taste some from their palm. 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 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 nuts. Drop by spoonfuls onto a covered cookie sheet (use a Silpat® mat, parchment paper or waxed paper). Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60. (Make sure you have enough for at least one each.)

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.

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.

 

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