I have a dear cousin, Barbara Engelman, that lives in Seguin, Texas. Many years ago as youth, she and other cousins would spend weeks with us during the summers.
We would play board and card games. My mother would even let us play Ping-Pong on our good dining room table. It was a miracle that we did not break her beautiful stained glass china cabinet. Barbara and I share many precious memories of those days.
Barbara lives alone in a deeply wooded area. She is a very self-sufficient, independent person. She can do anything she sets her mind and heart to do. Her children call her "Superwoman."
A few years ago she was in charge of the carpentry for the building and remodeling of their Baptist Church. However, Barbara's favorite hobby and pastime is quilting.
Several years ago, Barbara sent me this recipe. Have your children/grandchildren help you make these cookies It could be an effective guide to teach them the true meaning of Easter. Prepare them the day before Easter.
Easter Story Cookies
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Ziploc Freezer Bag
Pre heat oven to 300 degrees (This is important. Don't wait until you're half done with the recipe!)
Place the pecans in the Ziploc Bag and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat him
Read 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
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 & 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 (in God's eyes) the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isaiah 1:18 & John 3:1-3
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper or Non-Stick Foil-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 Matthew 28: 1-9