You will need the following ingredients: 1 cup whole pecans 1 tsp. vinegar 3 egg whites Pinch of Salt 1 cup Sugar
You will also need: Cookie sheetWax paper Zipper baggie Spoon Tape Bible
Preheat oven to 300 F. Place pecans in a zipper baggie and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon to break them 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 and perhaps taste some. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into a mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 10:28-30. Add egg white 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 of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the Easter story is that Jesus died because He loves us and He wants us to know and belong to him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 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 Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3. Fold in the broken nuts. Drop batter by teaspoons onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matt 27:57-60. Put cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape to seal the oven door closed. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed shut. Read Matt.27:65-66.
GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven over night. Jesus followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.Read John 16:21-22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give every one a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. THE COOKIES ARE HOLLOW! On the first Easter Jesus followers ware amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9. He is Risen Indeed!
EASY Snack for Easter He has risen! He has risen indeed! The stone rolled away and the tomb is empty
Food items: graham cracker, frosting, donut, cookie, coconut (if desired).
Start with a graham cracker on bottom. Spread with frosting. Cut bottom 1/3 off the donut and place on the frosting. Stand cookie (such as Oreo cookie) to the side of the center of the donut. Sprinkle green colored coconut around the empty tomb, if desired.
Attach a note to a toothpick that says, “He is risen!”. Put into the donut.