Easter Story Cookies
1 C. whole pecans or walnuts
1 C. sugar
1 tsp. vinegar
Zip-type bag or other secure bag
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Put pecans in baggie and let children
beat them with wooden spoon. Explain that after Christ was arrested,
He was beaten. Read John 19:1-3.
Let children smell the vinegar. Put vinegar in mixing bowl. Explain
that Jesus was thirsty on the cross and 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 in each child's hand, let children taste the
salt and then put a pinch in the bowl. Explain that this represents
the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our
own sin. Read Luke 23:27.
Now, add 1 cup of sugar and explain that the sweetest part of the
story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to seek
Him - pray to Him and praise Him (in song and in prayer). Read
Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with mixer on high speed for about 12-15 minutes until stiff
peaks are formed. Explain 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 teaspoons onto wax paper-covered cookie
sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where
Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
Put cookie sheet in 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' friends were so sad 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 28:1-10. HE HAS RISEN!