We call these “Jesus Cookies” in my house, as part of a special tradition I have with my children every Easter. It brings the Easter story of Jesus, the tomb and His resurrection to life and make it easy for the kiddies to understand.
1 cup pecan nut halves
1 zip-lock bag
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Place the pecan nuts in the zip-lock bag. Have the children beat the bag with a wooden spoon to break the pecans into pieces. Explain that after Jesus’ arrest, the Roman soldiers had beaten Him. Read John 19:1–3
- Let each child smell and taste the vinegar. Put 1 tablespoon into the bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19: 28-30
- Add the egg whites. Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10: 10-11
- Sprinkle salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it. Put a pinch in the bowl. Explain that the salt represents the tears that Jesus’ followers shed, and also the sadness of our sins. Read Luke 23: 27
- Right now the mixture is not very appetising. Add the sugar, and explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us and wants us to know this, and that we belong to Him. Read Psalms 34:8,John 3:1-6
- Beat with a cake mixer on high for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form. Explain that white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those who have been cleansed by Jesus’ death. Read John 3:1-3
- Fold in the broken nuts. Drop teaspoonfuls onto a baking tray. Explain that each mound looks like the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60
- Put tray in oven and close the door. Turn the oven OFF and let each child stick a piece of tape to the oven door. Explain that the tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66
- GO TO BED. Explain that just as your children are sad to leave the cookies, Jesus’ followers were devastated when the tomb was sealed.
- On Easter morning open the oven. Eat a cookie (they are hollow inside). Observe that the cookies are empty inside just like the tomb was empty on that first Easter morning. Read Matthew 28:1-9
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