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
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
Heavy duty baggie
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.