These are more of a merengue type of cookie, but they are really good....and it teaches the Easter story to children. Make some with your kids the night before Easter!
EASTER STORY COOKIES
1c. whole pecans
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 tsp vinegar
1 c. sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Place pecans in ziploc baggie and let children beat them with a wooden spoon to break them in to pieces. Explain that when Jesus was arrested he was beaten by the Roman soldiers. (Read John 19:1-3)
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp in to 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 childs hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest in to the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our sin. (Read Luke 23:27)
So far the ingredients are not very appetizing! Add 1c. sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to belong to Him! (Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16)
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain the color white represents our purity when our sins have been cleansed by Jesus. (Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3)
Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that the mounds represent the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. (Read Matthew 27:57-60)
Put cookie sheet in 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 sad to leave Him in the tomb.
On Easter morning open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! Explain that Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb empty on that first Easter morning! (Read matthew 28:1-9)