Easter Traditions

Easter Story Cookies

For the last few years, Darling (my husband) and I have been teaching our children the story of our Savior’s Resurrection through a very yummy and memorable recipe. I hope you too enjoy this sweet recipe, but most of all enjoy the quality time you are spending with one another learning about the Easter Story.

Ingredients

  • 1c. whole pecans
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • a pinch salt
  • 1c. sugar
  • zipper baggie
  • wooden spoon
  • tape
  • Bible (I like to use the NIV or KJV)

1. Preheat oven to 300

2. 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, the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3.

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.

4. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

5. 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.

6. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1c. 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.

7. 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 by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 & John 3:1-3.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

He is Risen & Happy Resurrection Sunday!

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NJAPP Pro Tip: My children look forward to making and eating these traditional cookies. Unfortunately, they would rather leave the nuts out of the mix if they had the choice.  If your children feel the same, you may just want to hold off on folding the “broken nuts” into the recipe but be sure to read the verse and discuss the significance of those pecans.