( I used a small pinch)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Place pecans in a zip lock bag, close the bag, and let the children beat the bag with a wooden spoon to break the pecans into small pieces.
- Explain to the children that after Jesus was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat him.
- Let the children smell the vinegar.
- Put the vinegar into a mixing bowl.
- Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.
- Add egg whites to the vinegar.
- Eggs represent life.
- Explain that Jesus gave his life to give us life.
- Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hands.
- 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 sin.
- So far the ingredients aren't 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.
- Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until the stiff peaks form.
- Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sin have been cleansed by Jesus.
- Fold in Broken Nuts.
- Drop by teaspoons onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.
- Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
- Put the cookie sheet in the oven and turn OFF.
- Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
- Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.
- Go to bed.
- Explain to the children that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.
- Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
- 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.
- He has risen!
- Happy Easter Everyone!