Take time this Easter to make cookies - meaningful cookies - with your child or grandchild. Making these cookies together will not only be fun, but will teach them the significance of what Christ did for them on the cross.
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites (room temperature)
pinch of salt
1 cup white sugar
Preheat the oven to 300° F. (This is important – do not wait until you are half done with the recipe to turn on the oven.)
- Place the pecans in the baggie and allow the children to beat them with the wooden spoon so they break into pieces. Set aside. Explain how the Roman soldiers beat Jesus after He was arrested. Read John 19:1-3.
- Pour the vinegar into the mixing bowl. Let the children smell it. Explain that while Jesus was hanging on the cross, he became thirsty and was offered vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
- Add the egg whites to the vinegar. Explain that eggs represent life and that Jesus gave His life so that we could have eternal life. Read John 10:10-11.
- Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand and allow them to taste it. Put the rest into the bowl. Explain how 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 the sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know Him and to belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
- Beat the egg white mixture with an electric beater on high speed for 12-15 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been washed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
- Fold in the broken nuts. Drop the mixture by teaspoons onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where the body of Jesus was laid to rest. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
- Place the cookie sheet into the oven, close the door, and turn the oven off. Give each child some tape, and seal the door. Explain how the tomb of Jesus was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
- Go to bed. Explain that the children may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight just like the followers of Jesus were sad when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20-22.
- On Easter morning, open the oven and take out the cookies. Notice the cracked surface and that when you bite into a cookie, it is hollow. Explain how the followers of Jesus were amazed to find His tomb empty on that first Easter morning. Read Matthew 28:1-9.