It’s funny. Sometimes you do something when your children are small and you don’t realize at the time how significant that thing might be.
Such is the case with Hannah. Now 16 and nearly six feet tall, she still wants to make Easter Cookies this year. Since she and her brother leave tomorrow to visit their dad for Easter, guess what we’ll be baking tonight?
EASTER STORY COOKIES
The recipe is essentially for meringue cookies but each part of the recipe includes a Bible verse and helps tell the Easter story. I found the original recipe years ago in Home Life magazine.
1 cup pecan halves in a sandwich bag, to be broken
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use wooden spoons to pound pecans into small pieces. Set aside and read John 19:1-3.
Smell the vinegar and read John 19:28-30.
Separate eggs. Add the whites to the vinegar and explain that eggs represent new life. Read John 10:10-11, 28.
Sprinkle a little salt into your palms, then brush it into the mixture. Taste your salty palms and read Luke 23:27.
Note that so far the ingredients aren’t very appetizing. Add sugar and remind the children that we must trust we’ll have a pleasant result. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with electric mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until still peaks form. The white color reminds us that God sees purity in those who have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and 1 John 3:1-3.
Fold in nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto a cookie sheet. Talk about how the shapes represent the tomb. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
Put the cookie sheet in the preheated oven. Close the door and turn the oven completely off. Tape the oven door closed and read Matthew 27:65-66.
Time for bed! Children may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven. Remind them of how Jesus’ followers felt at His death. Read John 16:20,22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Point out that the hollow cookies remind us that the tomb was empty and Jesus is risen! Read Matthew 28:1-9.
*The second year we made these cookies, before the kids were awake, I removed the cookie sheet from the oven and hid the cookies. When they went to the kitchen, the cookies were gone. (The tomb was empty.) This made a significant impression on them!
Christ is risen!
What do you do with your family to make Easter special?
Creative Commons photo on Flickr by LinzersinLondon.