01 Apr 2010 Easter Cookies with a Lesson
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what traditions we are going to do on Easter. Growing up I loved waking up and seeing an Easter basket full of fun stuff for me. I’m not sure what I understood about Easter as a little kid. I remember being excited about my basket and my new dress and shoes I would get every year. I also loved getting to walk up to the front of the sanctuary with others who brought flowers to stick on to the cross, then go back and sit and stare at the beauty of the cross. I knew the story of Jesus and why we celebrated Easter, but I don’t think I really appreciated it until I was older. So I really don’t know what we’ll do with Hannah and Schmoyer Baby. While in line to check out at Wal-Mart the other day I overheard a conversation of two women saying that instead of giving candy in their kid’s Easter baskets they just buy a favorite video game or movie, or summer toys or whatever. The last thing I want Easter to turn in to is a holiday where my kids expect to receive gifts and then miss the meaning and purpose of Easter.

My grandmother saw this recipe in the newspaper yesterday. I love the lesson they put with it. It’ll be great to do with Hannah when she is older and can understand. I may try it before then though to see how it turns out for myself. Or just try it with our niece and nephew and Hannah when they come up this weekend. This might be a fun and meaningful tradition to start. I also put this recipe on my recipe page so it’ll be easier to find in years to come.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients: 1 cup shelled pecan halves, Plastic zipper bag, Wooden spoon, 1tsp vinegar, 3 egg whites, Pinch of salt, 1 cup sugar, Tape, Bible

Directions: In the beginning, preheat oven to 300 degrees. (It is important to do this in advance. Don’t wait until you’re half finished with the recipe!)

Place pecans in zipper bag and let the 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 1tsp 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 the 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 electric 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 Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheet covered with wax 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 off the oven. You must not open the oven door until the next morning. Give each child a piece of tape to 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.

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