Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tradition: Easter Cookies

We have an Easter tradition at our house of making these cookies while telling the Easter story. Since we were on vaca on Easter, I told the kids this week was Easter -- now as we are headed to church I am rethinking the consequences to this lie. But at least they now know Jesus died on the cross for my sins so now I am forgiven. So there. Amen.

You will need:
Bible (I put the scriptures below in case you are like me and well, in case you are like me)
1 cup sugar
1 cup whole pecans (You can omit. Still use for the story, just do not add.)
1 zip-lock baggie
1 wooden spoon
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
tapePreheat 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. (We broke them, but omitted in the mix. They make my tongue itch.)

Read John 19:1-3
Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote Him with their hands. John 19:1-3

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. 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 things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. 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
The thief come not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd give His life for the sheep. 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
And there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him. 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 we belong to Him.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trust in Him. Psalm 34:8
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 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. (I beat for 10 minutes in high. It had the consistency of melted marshmallows.)
(Please note the 12 year old throwing a hissy fit cause the 6 year old gets more mixing time than her. She should be SO thankful Jesus died on the cross for her sins.)
Read Isaiah1:18 and John 3:1-3
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with Him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:1-3

Fold in broken nuts (if you wanna add em). Drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Matthew 27:57-60
When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. Matthew 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 Matthew 27:65-66
Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. Matthew 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 16:20-22
Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remember no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man take from you. John 16:20-22

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 Matthew 28:1-9
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and His raiment white as snow: And for fear of Him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He go before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Matthew 28:1-9

Then go to church in your white pants and pastels and eat your kids Cadberry eggs.


Annette said...

How creative! love the apron BT is wearing, so cute!

Pony Girl said...

I have never heard of these! How creative and fun, and a great family tradition!

The Urban Cowboy said...

What a fun way to celebrate with the family! They look way good, but a little on the sweet side for me.

theelizabethhighsmith said...

the cadbury eggs are the best. well, Jesus is but i'm sure you get my point. i'm really glad the tape was explained, i thought we were in for a debacle when i saw it in the line up, great story and great way to share it! and your little man in the apron at the oven looks like he's sporting a mohawk!

Brandy said...

This is AMAZING.

The Kelso-Winter Family said...

amen! do not let your hearts be troubled (John 14:1) does that apply to eating your kids cadbury eggs? i'm gonna tell sada and denise about this...what a beautiful twist on plain old meringue cookies!

Mary said...

I got this same cookie recipe from a friend years ago. It is one of our favorite Easter traditions too. I can strongly suggest it to anyone who wants to try it.

Jamie Lynn said...

What a neat way to share the Easter story!!

Bailey said...

I love this! Thank you so much for sharing. I don't have kids yet, but my husband and I really want to have great traditions as a family. What a great way to share the Easter story with kids. Thanks again.

Sarah said...

I've never seen this before, but am so going to steal it - I mean use it & give all of the credit to my sweet blog friend. How neat though - thanks for sharing.

Journaling Woman said...

Why does this make me cry?

Dana and Daisy said...

i started crying too and couldn't finish reading it.

Janelle - The Farmer's Wife said...

WHAT AN AMAZING IDEA!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I can't wait to use it with my kids!!!