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Source: eatathomecooks.com
This recipe is a great illustration of the story of Easter.  Not only does it use a variety of a child's senses, but the child is involved in every step.  Also, having each step correspond with a Bible verse is just genius!  Sweet Girl really got into this last year and now that she really knows the story of Easter, I'm sure she'll enjoy it even more this year.  I hope you take the time to make these cookies and to share the special story of Easter with your family and friends.  I got this recipe from "Simple Pleasures" A collection of favorite recipes, Christian Ministries.  I didn't read all the verses to Sweet Girl (who was just three years old at the time), but I did explain everything to her as it is laid out here.
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We usually have everything here on hand in our house.
Easter Story Cookies
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!)

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Sweet Girl, last year, crushing the pecans with a rolling pin.
3.  Read John 19:28-30.  Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given something like vinegar to drink.  Let each child smell and taste the vinegar. Add teaspoon of vinegar into the mixing bowl.
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. 
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Everything mixing except the pecans.
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Ready for the pecans to be folded in.
8.  Read Matthew 27:57-60.  Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.  Fold in broken nuts.
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.)
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Ready for the oven.
10. Place the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF!
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.
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Oven "sealed" shut.
ON EASTER MORNING:  
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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