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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

He Is Risen!

EASTER STORY COOKIES (Meringue Cookies with Pecans)

 I received this recipe from Pam Law who is a brain injury therapist and I have used this recipe with my kids for many years. I hope you enjoy it today. I wanted to publish it before Easter so you can share it with those you love.You need:
  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zipper baggie
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tape
  • Bible
Preheat oven to 300° F. Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested he was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain 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 this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.
So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa.1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.
GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone 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 open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9.

Have a blessed day!


Deanna said...

That is absolutely beautiful I wish I had seen this when I had my grandkids this weekend. I've been trying to figure out how our Parish School of Religion might be able to incorporate it into their classes. But the leaving the cookies in the oven overnight... they might be able to adapt it somehow though.

Have a blessed day.


Angela said...

Thanks for posting this Anne! I am going to share this with my kids Sunday School teacher and see if she wants to do this with them!

Have a great day!

RCUBEs said...

What a wonderful way of sharing His sacrifice to the little ones! Dropping by to pray for you and wish you a great week ahead. God bless.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

A perfect Easter treat and special lesson. Thanks for the recipe.

I've been away and am blog hoppin' to catch up with everyone. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week....Sue

Donnie said...

I would be crying through most of the preparations but the fact that the Tomb is empty means Easter to me.

Coloradolady said...

Beautiful post. Thank you for stopping by today!!

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Oh wow! Talk about easy and awesome Lent and Easter crafts for kids and seniors alike! I'm headed to Facebook and Twitter and my grandkids email to share this. Thank you :)

Mary said...

What a wonderful illustration & recipe to share with your kids for Easter! Thanks for sharing :-)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Thank you for sharing such an inspired idea!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I agree...thank you for sharing this recipe and the correlation to His Resurrection!

Blessings & Aloha!
I am definitely keeping this one in my favorite recipes file to try and to share with future grandbabies :o)

Jenny said...

Anne, this is really a neat idea. I am going to print this out and take it to our youngest Grands preschool, too.

Thanks for sharing this.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great object lesson!

Mama Zen said...

How wonderful!