Easter Story Cookies

The following is a recipe that I got nearly ten years ago.  I have used it over and over again with the children that have been a part of our family over the years.  Youngest Daughter and “our”  Hispanic children used to love to be involved with the making of the cookies. (I remember that one year, Vicente broke one of my wooden spoons while he was beating the pecans.)  Just this morning, Lupe, who is now 18 mentioned wistfully that we haven’t done this for a number of years.  I plan to do this tomorrow evening even if I have to do it all by myself.  I put markers in my bible with the references on them sticking out so that I can find each verse without having to spend time looking for them.  I hope that some of you will find this to be a blessing in your family.


 


To be made evening before Easter


You need:


1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch Salt
1 cup sugar
Heavy duty baggie
Wooden spoon
Masking tape
Bible

Preheat oven to 300 (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 1 cup 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 12-15 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 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.

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  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for reminding me about these cookies, I should do it again this Easter.   We’ve made them before, too, and I hope it leaves good memories for our children as well.  Yes, the supper was a big success for all who attended, lots of fun.  I tried a potato dish, they turned out a little dry though, but were good, and some wonderful bars.  I honestly didn’t taste anything that I didn’t like.  =)   We thought we should to it more often. (A try a new recipe supper)

  2. Mom…i was at Jeremy’s parents house…eating. and we were talking about that amish paper thingie, what do you call it?? The Budget?? Yeah that…well we (we being my collective team and others at the table) Think that xanga is that. luv yah-Lem

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I passed it on to my daughter and she hopes to make them Saturday evening. A wonderful way to illustrate the Easter story.

  4. Hey, your tulips are lovely!  Yes, my hubby was the thief, He said it was delicious.  I am planning to do a big photo post of all the pirating that will be going on around here.  I had my family do a final dress rehersal this morning-Antony and Marci are still playing with the hats, swords, eyepatches and hook hands.  I still need to get the icecream, punch and a few things like that, and need to go over the house again.  We are hoping to keep the majority of the activity outside, but I still want the house to be presentable.  Oscar wanted to mow the grass last evening, but couldn’t get the tractor started, hopefully we can get that done today.

  5. Thanks for posting that recipe!  I had lost my copy and was rather sad about it.  I hope I can get it done tonight…  It’s going to be a busier day that what I thought.   And I need pecans too.  love you!

  6. That is such a lovely way to teach children!  I am going to send it to a friend who will appreciate it, too.  Thanks!

  7. Reblogged this on Stepping Out and commented:

    Here is the post that goes with the photo album that is over on Facebook, called “Carrying on the tradition.” I had blogged the actual recipe with the scripture references back in April, 2006, and I’m reblogging for those of you who may want this recipe. NOTE: This was not the recipe we used for the Bible study children on Thursday.

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