To be made the Saturday evening before Easter.
Ingredients: 1 cup whole pecans (or substitute chocolate chips), 1 tsp. vinegar, 3 egg whites, pinch of salt, 1 cup granulated sugar
Supplies: Measuring cups and spoons, bowl, electric mixer, 1 qt. or gal. size zipper bag, wooden spoon, masking tape and Bible
What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. (This is very important to do first!)
2. Read John 19:1-3. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Place pecans in ziploc bag and let kids beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. (I double bagged mine just to be on the safe side!)
4. Read John 10:10-11. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Add egg whites to vinegar.
5. Read Luke 23:27. Explain that salt represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sins. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.
6. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16. 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. Add 1 cup of sugar.
7. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until VERY stiff peaks are formed.
9. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Drop mixture by spoonfuls (teaspoon-size) onto waxed paper. (Don't make them too big! The insides will not be so "hollow" if the cookies are too large.)
11. Read Matthew 27:65-66. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Give each child a piece of tape and "seal" the oven door (symbolically) .
12. Read John 16:20& 22. Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. GO TO BED.
Read Matthew 28:1-9. Unseal the oven door and take out the cookies. Take a bite. Notice--the cookies are hollow--empty- -just like the Tomb! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
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