Ladies, this recipe has been around for more than thirty years. It is a beautiful way to share the resurrection story with your little ones in a unique and hands-on way.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup pecans (halves or whole)
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites (room temperature)
Pinch of salt
1 cup of sugar
Tape, zipper bag, wooden spoon, waxed paper (or parchment) and a Bible
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees before you do anything else.
Place the pecans in a zipper bag and let the kids beat them with a wooden spoon (or rolling pin) to break them up. Explain that when Jesus was arrested, he was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
Let each child smell the vinegar before you put 1 teaspoon into a clean, dry mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add the three egg whites to the vinegar in the bowl (please note: eggs separate easier when they are cold, but egg whites whip better at room temperature). Explain that eggs represent life and 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 the salt represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers and also the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.
Begin whipping the mixture on low and once the egg whites are frothy, add 1 cup of sugar slowly, increasing the speed to high. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because he loves us. He wants us to know Him and belong to Him. Read Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16.
Continue beating the mixture on high for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form (Don’t overbeat). Explain that the color white represents the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Gently fold in the broken pecans (I added in a few mini chocolate chips and called them boulders because that’s how I roll!) and drop by tablespoons onto a 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 off the oven! Give each child a piece of tape and let them tape the door shut. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed shut. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
And then, go to bed! Explain to the children that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight and that Jesus’ followers were in despair when they left Jesus in the tomb. Read John 16:20-22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give each child 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 empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.
Happy Easter! He has risen, just as he said!