The day before Easter prepare and make these cookies as a family remembrance and lesson.
- Ziplock baggie
- 1 c. Whole pecans
- A wooden spoon or rubber kitchen mallet
- 1 teasp. Vinegar
- 3 Egg whites
- Pinch of salt
- 1 c. Sugar
- Tape (kind that won’t leave adhesive behind when removed – paper, painters)
Preheat your oven to 300°
- Action: Seal pecans in ziplock bag. Have children beat them with spoon/mallet breaking them into small pieces.
- Story: Jesus was arrested and beaten by Roman soldiers.
- Scripture: John 19:1-3.
Add the 1 teasp. vinegar to mixing bowl
- Action: Allow children to smell the vinegar; place their finger tip on a drop and let them taste if they will.
- Story: Jesus was thirsty on the cross and they gave Him vinegar to drink.
- Scripture: John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites into vinegar
- Action: Add egg egg whites to bowl.
- Story: Egg whites represent Jesus’ life He gave up to give us life.
- Scripture: John 10:10-11.
Add a pinch of salt in mixing bowl
- Action: Sprinkle some grains of salt into each participant’s hand. Ask them to taste the salt.
- Story: The salt is a symbol of the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers at the Cross. And it tastes of the bitterness of our own sin to Jesus that He willingly carried to the Cross.
- Scripture: Luke 23:27.
Story: Ask the family if they think what is in the bowl tastes good.
Add 1 cup of sugar
- Action: Dip a spoon in bowl and let them taste if they want.
- Story: Jesus died on the Cross because He loves us. That is the sweetness of Salvation, His free gift. He died because wants us to know, love and belong to Him.
- Scripture: Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat on high speed 10 or more minutes until stiff peaks form
- Story: The white color of the cookies represents purity. In God’s eyes, all that accept His death, burial and resurrection are cleansed and their sins are forgiven. They are pure and white as snow.
- Scripture: Isaiah 1:18, & John 3:1-3.
Fold in broken nut pieces. Drop teaspoon size mounds onto a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper
- Story: Each of these mounds is a symbol of Jesus’ rocky tomb where He was placed after He was taken down off the Cross.
- Scripture: Matthew 27:57-60.
- Place cookie sheet in oven door
- Turn oven OFF
- Action: Place a piece of tape as a SEAL to the oven door.
- Story: They sealed Jesus’ tomb. Scripture: Matthew 28:65-66.
- Action: It’s bedtime. It’s safe to leave the oven sealed overnight.
- Story: The followers of Jesus were scared and sad. They probably did not sleep well that night once the tomb was sealed. But, we know we can.
- Scripture: John 16:20 and 22.
Sunrise Easter Morning:
- Action: Easter morning, open the oven leave door open. When the family comes in remove the sheet and let them each take a cookie.
- Story: The surface is cracked. The tomb was open, Jesus was not there. When they bite into the cookies they will find them hollow, empty.
The First Easter
- Scripture: Matthew 28:1-9.