Easter Story Cookies
1 cup whole pecans or walnuts
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
Zip-type bag or other secure bag
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
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!