April 17, 2011

Easter Cookies

Are you getting prepared for Easter next Sunday? Here's a great recipe for cookies that you can make with your kids that tell the Easter story:

1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 300 (this is an important step so don't wait until later!). Place pecans in a plastic bag and beat them, illustrating how Jesus was beaten. Next, put 1 tsp vinegar in a bowl as you talk about Jesus being nailed to the cross, where He was given vinegar to drink. Sprinkle a pinch of salt in the vinegar. What does salt do when it gets in our eyes? It causes tears, which is what Jesus shed over our sin. Add the egg whites to the vinegar as you talk about how Jesus died so that we could have life and purity. Add the sugar as you express how sweet it is to you that Jesus died for you. Beat with a mixer for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form. Fold in the nuts, talking about Jesus' body being broken. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper-covered cookie sheets. Each cookie represents the tomb that Jesus' lifeless body was placed in. Put the cookies into the oven and stuff the oven off. The next morning, pull out the cookies and break one. They will be hollow inside, representing that Jesus rose from the grave.