make Easter Story Cookies.
I cup whole pecans (we are not nut people so I substitute chocolate chips)
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
Wooden spoon (we use a small hammer)
Preheat oven to 300’ (this is important—don’t wait until you are half done with the recipe)
Place pecans (choc chips) in zipper baggie and let children beat them with wooden spoon (hammer) 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 tsp. vinegar into 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 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 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 Ps. 34:8, and John 3: 16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 min 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 (choc chips), drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Read Matt. 27: 57—60.
Put the cookie sheet into 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 Matt. 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 bit. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28: 1-9.
If this doesn’t get done the night before Easter, the cookies could be made in the morning, then after church and lunch the oven could be opened. Enjoy and Happy EASTER! He has risen! He is alive!