This photo means so much to me. Last Easter, at the sunrise service for my hometown, I took this picture of the sun rising over the cross at the cemetery. This picture brings warmth and happiness to me whenever I look at it because it is a reminder that God is always there.This photo is especially meaningful to me this Easter, as my Grandfather was buried near this cross just last weekend. I'm glad to know that he is looking down with God on all of us this Easter.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go home to spend Easter with my family this year. So, I am listening to an online sermon and thinking of what one of my favorite parts of Easter is. We always make these "Easter Story Cookies" that tell the story of why we celebrate Easter in each step throughout the recipe. I remember being really little and puckering at the taste of vinegar for this recipe. This is a great recipe to do with your kids to explain to them why we celebrate Easter. Like I said, I'm not home to bake with my family, so this picture is just one from the internet. You are probably thinking "Why is she calling it Saturday's Sweets? It is Sunday!" Well, this recipe is one that you make on the Saturday night before Easter and eat the cookies on Easter morning.
Easter Story Cookies
1 c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 c. sugar
gallon sized ziplock bag
-Preheat the oven to 300 degrees FIRST-
1. Place the pecans into the ziplock bag let your children beat the pecans into small pieces with the wooden spoon. Explain how Jesus was beaten by Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1 and John 19:3
"Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him....They came up to him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and struck him with their hands."
2. Put the vinegar in the mixing bowl and let your children taste the vinegar Then, explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, he was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30
"After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst." A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
3. Add the egg whites to the vinegar. Explain how eggs represent life and Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
4. Give each child a little bit of salt and allow them to taste it. Have them put a tiny bit into the mixing bowl. Explain that the salt represents that salty tears of Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27
"And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him."
5. Next, talk to your children about how the ingredients are not very yummy yet. Have them add the sugar. Tell them that the sweetest part of this story is that Jesus died because He loves us and wants us to know Him and belong to Him. Tell them that making these cookies and hearing His story helps us to see the Lord Jesus more clearly, love Him more dearly, and follow Him more nearly.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
"OH, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him"
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."
6. Beat the ingredients on high for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. The whiteness of the mixture represents how God sees the purity of all of those who have sinned and been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
"Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool."
"Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.""
7. Have your children gently fold in the pecans and drop the cookies by teaspoons onto parchment paper covered cookie sheets. Explain to them how each mound they drop represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Matthew 27:57-60
"When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away."
8. Put the cookies in the oven, close the oven door and turn the oven off. Have your children tape the oven door shut to seal the oven, just like Jesus' tomb was sealed with a stone.
Read Matthew 27:65-66
"Pilate said to them, "You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can." So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard."
9. Tell your children to go get ready for bed. The sadness they feel from leaving the cookies in the oven overnight represents the despair that Jesus' followers felt when Jesus' tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20 and John 16:22
"Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy....So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you."
10. On Easter morning, open the oven and give your children each a cookie. When they take a bite they will notice that the cookies are hollow! Explain how on the very first Easter, Jesus' followers were so surprised to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matthew 28:1-9
"Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guard trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you." So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, "greetings!" and they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him."
This recipe can be found in many places on the internet, but I do not know who the true author is.
I hope you try these cookies with your family and make it a family tradition.
Does anybody do this already?