I've never heard of these until just recently when I was reading a Christian parenting magazine and it had suggested doing these with your child, making the cookies the evening before Easter. I know I'm going to be doing this with #1 and #2...it will probably become a new tradition in our family!
To make the cookies, you will need:
- 1 ziplock bag
- a hammer
- 1 cup whole pecans (or chocolate chips if you have a nut allergy)
- 3 egg whites
- 1 tsp vinegar
- a pinch of salt
- 1 cup sugar
1. Preheat oven to 300°. Do NOT skip this very first (VERY IMPORTANT) step!
2. Begin following the chart below. Read the scriptures to the child and discuss each part of making the cookies and how it relates to the Resurrection.
|Cookie Instructions||Biblical Correlation & Explanation||Corresponding Bible Verses|
|Place pecans in ziplock bag and let the child beat them with a hammer.||Jesus was arrested and beaten by the Roman soldiers.|
|Let the child smell the vinegar and put it into the mixing bowl.||When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, the soldiers gave him vinegar to drink.|
|Add egg whites to vinegar.||Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life to give life to us.|
|Sprinkle salt into the child’s hand and let them taste it. Brush remaining salt into bowl.||Salty tears were shed by Jesus’ followers.|
|Add sugar to the bowl.||The “sweet” part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us! He wants us to know and belong to Him.|
|Beat ingredients on high speed for 15 minutes or until stiff peaks form.||White represents our sins being cleansed by Jesus.|
|Fold in beaten nuts and drop teaspoon sizes of the mixture onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.||The mounds represent the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.|
|Place cookie sheet in oven and turn it OFF!!! Give the child a piece of tape to seal the oven door.||Jesus was placed in His tomb and it was sealed.|
|Go to bed. (Explain that they may be sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.)||Jesus’ followers were sad and in despair when His tomb was sealed.|
|On Resurrection morning, open the oven and eat cookies, taking notice of the cracked surface and that the cookies are hollow.||On the first Resurrection, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.|