Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Story Cookies

Here's a fun family Easter tradition we started last year.

Easter Story Cookies
(make these the evening before easter)

1 cup whole pecans, 1 tsp vinegar, 1 cup sugar, pinch of salt, 3 egg whites, wooden spoon or rolling pin, tape, zip lock baggie, Bible

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important - do it now)
  • Place pecans in zip lock baggies. Let the children beat them with the wooden spoon (or rolling pin) to break them into small pieces (explain that after Jesus was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat him - 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 - John 19:28-30).

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  • Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and then bruch the rest into the bowl. (explain that this represents the salty tears showed by Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our own sin - Luke 23:27).

So far, the ingredients are not that appetizing
  • Add 1 cup sugar. (Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus dies because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to him - Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16).

  • Beat with a mixer for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. (explain that the white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus (Isa 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 laid - Matthew 27:57-60).

  • Put the cookie sheet in 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 - Matthew 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 - John 16:20 & 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 - Matthew 29:1-9)

Recipe from Name Cookin' - A collection of Favorite Recipes from our folks in Northern Africa & Middle East.

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