Preheat oven to 300. This is important to do right when you start the process.
These cookies have a story to tell. They are the story of Jesus Christ and how he died upon that cross for each and everyone of us so that we can have eternal life through him. Each step in the recipe has scripture to go along with it. I did this with my girls last night and they LOVED it! Miss Bug got to look up and read every scripture from her new Bible that she got for her BD. The Wild One helped me mix and add ingredients. It's simple to do and definitely a worth-while Easter activity!
Step 1: Place 1 C. whole pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with a wooden spoon to break up. This represents what happened to Jesus after he was arrested - beaten by Roman soldiers. (John 19:1-3)
Step 2: Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 t. vinegar into mixing bowl. When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. (John 19:28-30)
Step 3: Add 3 egg whites to vinegar. The eggs represent life - Jesus gave his life to give us all life. (John 10:10-11)
Step 4: Sprinkle salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. This represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers. (Luke 23:27)
Step 5: Add 1 C. sugar. The sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because he loves us. (Ps. 34:8, John 3:16)
Step 6: Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. The color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. (Isa. 8:18, John 3:1-3)
Step 7: Fold in broken nuts and drop by teaspoon onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. The mounds represent the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. (Matt. 27:57-60)
Step 8: Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape to seal the oven door. This is the tomb that was sealed. (Matt. 27:65-66)
Now send the kids to bed!
Step 9: Explain that they may feel sad to leave their cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. (John 16:20 and 22)
Step 10: The next morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. The surface will be cracked and inside, the cookies are hollowed! Just like the tomb was empty on the first Easter. (Matt. 28:1-9)
Thanks to my blogging partner, Liz, for finding this cool recipe and great activity to do with my girls!
Happy Easter from the Two Maids!