This recipe is a very special one that we love to make up the night before Easter Sunday. It is a great object lesson and tastes excellent too!
Easter Story Cookies
Make the night before Easter Sunday. Preheat oven to 150C.
You will need:
1 cup pecan or walnut halves
1 zip lock bag
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Place the pecans or walnuts in a zip lock bag. Have the children beat the bag with the wooden spoon to break the nuts into pieces. Explain that after Jesus' arrest, the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19: 1, 3
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp into the bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty, he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19: 28, 30
Add the egg whites. Eggs represent life. Jesus gave his life to give us life. Read John 10:10, 11
Sprinkle salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it. Put a pinch into the bowl. Explain that the salt represents the tears that Jesus' followers shed and also the bitterness of our sins. Read Luke 23:27
Right now the mixture is not very appetising. Add the sugar and explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us and wants us to know and belong to him. Read Psalms 34:8, John 3:16
Beat with a cake mixer on high for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form. Explain that white represents the purity in God's eyes of those who have been cleansed by Jesus' death. Read John 3:1,3
Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a baking tray. Explain that each mound looks like the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Matthew 27:57,60
Put tray in oven and close the door. Turn the oven OFF.
Let each child put a piece of tape on the oven door. Explain that the tomb was sealed. Matthew 27:65,66
GO TO BED. Explain that while your children are sad to leave the cookies, Jesus' followers were devastated when the tomb was sealed.
On Easter morning open the oven. Eat a cookie (they are hollow inside). Observe that the cookies are empty inside just like the tomb was empty on that first Easter morning. Matthew 28:19
“Be still, and know that I am God" -Psalm 46:10a NIV