Easter Story Cookies

I’ve been in a bit of denial that Easter was upon us.  You would think that the chocolate bunnies and brightly colored Peeps would have given me the much needed clue, but alas, I’m all wide-eyed trying to figure out when I’m going to sneak away to purchase Easter Basket bootie.  Because Easter, apparently, IS ON SUNDAY.

Recently a friend asked me to repost the following recipe.  In reading through it, I was again reminded of the sacrifice and the blessing. Neither of which can fit into an Easter Basket, but are the greatest gifts my children could ever receive.  Ever.

Easter Story Cookies

  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zipper baggy
  • wooden spoon
  • tape
  • Bible

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important, don’t wait till you’re half done with the recipe!)

Place pecans in zipper baggy 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 the 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 Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer 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 teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. 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 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 Matthew 28:1-9.

Have a blessed Easter Day, my friends. And the people said, HE IS RISEN!


6 Responses to Easter Story Cookies

  • While there isn’t as much symbolism, I have an alternate idea to share that is quick and easy. Every year in our 4 and 5 year old SS class on Easter morning, they “put Jesus in the tomb”. They make rolls and put a marshmallow inside (sometimes rolling the marsh. in cin and sugar like the spices used for Jesus). During the baking process the marshmallows melt and the rolls appear hollow when you break them open to eat them. The kids were always amazed…..

  • Bought pecans this morning to make these cookies tonight!

  • What a GREAT lesson! Thanks for sharing.

  • I MUST, MUST, MUST remember to do this with Jude next year. And to share this recipe with his teacher. They love stuff like this at Catholic school. Next year, you have to post it earlier so I’ll remember!

  • I’ve tried these cookies twice…

    an account for try 1 is here http://desperatelyseekingsanity.com/2010/03/31/and-so-wellll-try-to-represent-jesus-properly-this-year

    (I didn’t properly resurrect Him…)

    And I tried again this year….

    http://desperatelyseekingsanity.com/2010/04/04/the-general-consensus

    Third time’s the charm, right? 😉

    Hope you had a wonderful Easter…

  • So, ours didn’t turn out. When we opened the oven Easter morning we had gooey glops of meringue. So I turned on the oven to 500 degrees until it was hot, put them back in, and turned it down to just under 200 degrees for 20 minutes, turned it off again, and we went to church. When we got home, they had turned out okay. So next year, I will turn the oven hotter, then turn it down and leave it on for 20 minutes before turning it off for the night.