Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Cookies

It was late... we really should be getting to bed.  We'd had a lovely day.  Ladybug accompanied me to a hair appointment, then we weeded and mowed the lawn, then a trip to her therapy apointment, out to lunch at in-and-out.  Animal style and Animal style.  We shopped, planted flowers, worked out together, steamed to let the menthol clear my sore throat, and had soup for dinner. 

But, Easter was tomorrow, and we needed to commemorate it.  We ran to the store... AGAIN, and grabbed eggs.  "Who's going to do this with us Mom?"  "No one.  It's still Easter and we are important too.  Grab your apron." 

It was sweet, touching, and fun.  It got us both in the mood and then kept us up a bit late as we discussed the deeper elements of the story in answer to Bug's questions. 

Easter Cookies

To be made the evening before Easter
  • 1cup whole pecans
  • 1tsp vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zipper baggie
  • wooden spoon
  • tape
  • Bible
Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important, don't wait till you're half done with the recipe!)

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the 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.

Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put 1tsp vinegar into 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 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 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 of our own sin.  Read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing.  Add 1 cup sugar.
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.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.  Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.  Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.  Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.  Read Matthew 27:57-60.

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.  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 in despair when the tomb was sealed.  Read John 16:20 and 22.

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

Plus.... they're quite yummy.


  1. mmmm. And even empty. who thought up all the parallels.

    Something about the way you write your conversational responses brought this thought....I think you're going to look back someday and find you were the right one for your life...and that you did the job better than you thought at the time...

  2. Love the cookies. This Easter has been an especially meaningful one to me, and what a great way to get the little ones thinking about their Savior!

  3. aww so yummy! hey, I have a yolk separator like that . . . sorta