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Friday, January 29, 2010

The Real Meaning of Easter Cookies

1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Plastic baggie
Wooden spoon

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. It is very important to do this before doing
anything else.

1. Place nuts in baggie, seal tightly, and allow the child to beat them with a
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

2. Open the vinegar and let everyone smell it. Pour 1 teaspoon into the mixing
bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, all He was given to
drink was vinegar. Read John 19:28-30

3. Add egg whites to vinegar. Tell everyone that eggs represent life. Explain that
Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11

4. Sprinkle a little salt into each person’s hand. Let each taste it, then 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

5. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Sprinkle a little sugar into each
person’s hand. Let each taste it, then pour 1 cup of sugar into the bowl.
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

6. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
Explain that the color white represents our purity in God’s eyes because our
sins are cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18

7. Fold in nuts gently. Drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheets lined with
parchment paper. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where
Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60

8. 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 shut. Explain that Jesus’
tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66

9. You’re done! Explain that you cannot eat the cookies tonight, but that you
have to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. This might make your children
sad but you can use this to explain that Jesus’ followers were in despair when
the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22

10. The next morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the
cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the third day,
Jesus followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read
Matthew 28:1-9

This idea is from The Homeschool Magazine

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