Friday, April 06, 2007

Happy Easter Everyone.


To be made the evening before Easter.

You need:
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important-don't wait 'til you're half done with the recipe!)

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon 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 1cup 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 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed through repentance and the Atonement. Read 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 was laid. Read Matt. 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. 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 bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matt. 28:1-9


redmaryjanes said...

Happy Easter to you too!

Tracey said...

Mmmmm...cookies! Can I come over to play? (Love that little piggie at the top, btw!)

Jennifer "Jenny" said...

Happy Easter and Thank's for the wonderful Easter cookie recipe :)

A Special Family said...

Happy Easter to a fellow Canadian.
What a great post :)

Lindsey said...

Happy Easter to you too!! Sounds like a yummy recipe, i LOVE LOVE cookies =D hehe!!

chicknboy said...

oh my gosh! I was just sitting down to post this on our blog, when I saw your comment to check out yours. :) How funny! We're doing this with our kiddos tonight!

Nadine said...

Have a Happy Easter and that cookie receipe sounds so good. I love pecans.

Elisa, Jarrod & Thomas said...

Great recipe, what a great idea!

Tracey & Mike said...

Little Debbie strikes again! Happy Easter!

Steffie B. said...

Yummy....can you Fed Ex me some? lol Happy Easter to you too!

kris said...

Great post, one I'll have to remember for the furture, when the little one is with me.
Happy Easter to you!

Doris & Dan said...

Happy Easter!

Keep smilin!

Lisa said...

I love the story that goes with the cookie recipe. I'm tucking that one away for next year. Thanks for sharing.