I wish I could take credit for coming up with this idea, but I can’t. However, I have no idea where the idea originated from…send me an email if you know where it started. In any event, we have been making these as part of our Easter traditions. Even though we fully do the Easter Bunny and all that fun stuff, we wanted to make sure that we were teaching the real meaning of Easter to our children. This is a great recipe to teach your Children the real story of Easter. That the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior is not dead but has Risen. We serve a Risen Savior……So for our family, this was perfect!
Using a simple meringue cookie recipe (these aren’t nearly as flavorful as the real deal) and weaving in scripture has really helped teach my daughter. Of course she always loves getting in the kitchen with mom, but I think her favorite part is that we let the kids eat on cookie Easter morning before their breakfast. It’s fun and the kid really think it’s cool.
These are to be made the evening before Easter.
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch salt
1 cup sugar
a zipper baggy
1 wooden spoon
Preheat oven to 300F (don’t skip this step).
Place pecans in ziptop baggy and let kids 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 then put 1 teaspoon vinegar into a 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 then put the rest
into the mixing 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: Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
Beat on high speed for 12 to 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: Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Read: Matthew 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: Matthew 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&22
On Resurrection Sunday (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: Matthew 28:1-9