Faith, Family, Recipes

Easter Story Cookies

This is just about the worst case of blog copying I think I will ever commit, but copying is the sincerest form of flattery, right? I think this idea is amazing, and we had a great time doing it!

You’ll need: Bible, 1 c pecans, 1 tsp. vinegar, 3 egg whites, pinch of salt, 1 c granulated sugar, 1 qt. or gal. size zipper bag, wooden spoon, tape
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Before we started we preheated the oven to 300 and lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper {although the recipe called for wax}.

First, have your helpers crush, smash, and beat the pecans and while they do it share with them that this is what the Roman soldiers did to Jesus’ body. Read John 19:1-3.
crushing
Before you add the vinegar to the mixing bowl let the children smell the vinegar. Explain to them that this is what Jesus was offered to drink. Read Read John 19:28-30.
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vinegar
To the vinegar, add egg whites. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11.
Sprinkle a little salt into each childs hand and let them taste it. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sins. Read Luke 23:27.
salt
Next, the story turns sweet. Add 1 cup of 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 Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
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Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 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 by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 & John 3:1-3.
mixing
Fold in the broken nuts. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper {I used parchment}. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
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finished
Place 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 Matthew 27:65-66.
sealing
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.
mourning
The next morning…
open the oven and remove the cookies. Notice – the cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.

OR
If you are like my little heathen… ignore the whole amazing cookie story and stick with easter bunnies and egg decorating!
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PS Moment of honesty… when we checked the cookies this morning ours hadn’t turned out crispy enough. I don’t think we mixed them long enough, or had the oven preheated long enough either. Those are my best guesses, but otherwise the whole process was excellent. We both had a great time and I think he understands Easter much better.

PSS Email me if you want the whole recipe/directions.

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