Share the Easter story with cookies
Several years ago I found this recipe for Easter Story cookies in a Mature Living Magazine, and though I would share it with you readers.
We live in a world where too many children only have a secular view of Easter. Our children need to be taught that Easter is not about colored eggs or bunnies or Spring Break. It is about an empty tomb and a risen Christ.
As you prepare this recipe with your child, or your grandchildren, you can teach them the true meaning of Easter as written in the scriptures. Making these cookies together could be a wonderful memory for them, and be passed down to future generations.
For these Easter Story Cookies you will need, one cup whole pecans, one teaspoon vinegar, three egg whites, 1/8 teaspoon salt, one cup sugar. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place pecans in a zippered plastic bag, and let the children beat the bag with a heavy spoon to break the pecans into pieces. (After Jesus was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat Him.)
Let the children smell and/or taste the vinegar. Put vinegar into a mixing bowl. (When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.) Add egg whites to the vinegar. (The egg whites represent life. Jesus gave His life for us.)
Sprinkle a little salt in each child’s hand, and let them taste it. Put the 1/8 teaspoon salt into the bowl. (The salt represents the salty tears that were shed by Jesus’ followers and the bitterness of our own sins.)
Add the sugar. (The sweetest part of this story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know Him and belong to Him.)
Beat with a mixer on high for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form. (The color white represents the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.)
Fold in the broken pecans. Drop the cookies by teaspoonful onto a waxed paper covered cookie sheet. (Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus was laid.)
Put the cookie sheet in the hot oven, close the door, and turn the oven off.
Give each child a piece of tape, and let them tape the oven door shut. (Jesus was sealed in the tomb. You may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven. Jesus’ followers were sad when the tomb was sealed and they had to leave Jesus in there.)
In the morning open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies will be hollow. (On the First Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb empty. He is risen and desires each of us to know Him as Savior.)
You might want to explain in further detail to the children that – The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest and most important event in the history of the world and is based on the strongest of historical evidence. Christ is risen! Without the resurrection there would be no salvation for any of us. The living Christ is now able and willing to save all who would come to him (Hebrews 7:25).
Help the children understand that in order to be saved and have our sins forgiven, we must believe that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” I Corinthians 15:3-4.
Also explain Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
This could be your opportunity to lead your child into prayer to receive Jesus Christ as their savior. Each of us need to make a commitment to Christ, and follow Him. He loves us and will help us, if we are willing.
From my heart.