- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. (Don’t wait and do it until the recipe is done.)
- Place the pecans or chocolate chips into a baggie and let children beat them with a wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by Roman soldiers Read John 19:1-3.
- Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp of vinegar into a mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirty 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 life to us. 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 or our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.
- So far the ingredients are not very tasty. Add 1 cup of sugar to the mixture while beating. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know that and belong to Him. Read. Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.
- Beat the mixture with a mixer until it forms stiff peaks. Explain that the color white stands for purity in God’s eyes. When he looks at us, he sees that our sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read. Is. 1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in nuts or chocolate chips. Then drop by teaspoonfuls onto a cookie tray covered with wax paper. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven and turn the oven off. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that the tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.
- Go to bed! Explain that they may feel sad leaving the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were very sad when tomb was sealed.
- On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice that they have a cracked surface. When you take a bite, the cookie is hollow. Explain that on the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
This post is linked to Mrs. Matlock’s Alphabe Thursday.