4.22.2011

Easter Story Cookies - a fabulous idea!

Saw this and had to share it with you!  It's from the Saving Addiction website, one of my favorites for money saving ideas (not that any medical student families/resident families need any help in that arena).


Easter Story Cookies are a recipe that involves both spiritual and physical preparation and is a great way to help make the meaning and miracle of Easter come alive to kiddos.  Prepared the night before, each ingredient represents an aspect of the Easter story, and Bible texts are read with each step of preparation to enrich the experience.



Ingredients
1 cup of whole pecans
1 tsp of white vinegar
3 egg whites
1 pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Seal-able plastic baggie
Wooden mallet
Wax paper
Tape 

Preparation
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Your job is to read the texts, explain their relationship to what your child will be doing, and ask and invite questions. Assist when necessary, but let your child have a hands-on experience.

Read and Mix

Read John 19:1-3: After Jesus was arrested, He was beaten and mocked. Place the pecans in the bag and use the mallet to break them into tiny pieces.

Read John 19:28-30: When Jesus was on the cross He got thirsty, but they only gave Him vinegar to drink. Smell the vinegar and place it in a mixing bowl.

Read John 10:10-11: Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life so that we could live—forever!  Add the egg whites.

Read Luke 23:27. Jesus’ followers walked with Him as He carried the cross. Many of them cried because they were so sad. The salt tastes like tears.  Place a pinch in the bowl.

Read Psalm 34:8. The sweetest part of the story is that Jesus loves us! Place the sugar in the bowl.

Now beat the mixture on high for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form. Notice how white the mixture is, and read Isaiah 1:18. Jesus is pure because He never sinned. When He forgives our sins, He makes us pure. Fold in the broken nuts.
Read Matthew 27:57-60. Drop generous teaspoons of mixture onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus was laid.

Read Matthew 25:65-66. Put the cookie sheet in the oven. Turn the oven OFF and “seal” the door with a piece of tape. This completes the project. Go to bed.

In the morning, when you open the sealed oven, the tombs will be cracked open and hollow - empty!  Then read Matthew 28:1-9.

The key to this recipe is to let your child enjoy the experience. Don’t worry about the mess—it can easily be cleaned up. And don’t worry about the time involved. What better way to spend a Saturday night than to share with our children these life-changing truths: Jesus loves you so much that He died for you. And Jesus is so powerful that the tomb is empty!



Thanks so much to the lovely ladies over at Saving Addiction for sharing this idea - I think it's a great way to illustrate that Easter is about more than candy and the Easter Bunny.  Wouldn't it be great to have the kiddos be more excited about this in the morning than about their Easter egg hunt?

Have any of you mamas out there ever tried anything like this? 

4 comments:

  1. LOVE this. Wish I was home with the kiddos...and you. 2 more weeks :)

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  2. Our fam did this last year. It turned out perfect and was so cool to do. Thanks for sharing it!

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  3. What a perfect idea! My friend pitched this idea to me and so she's doing it with her kids tomorrow! Can't wait to have some of my own! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. LOVE this idea! I know I'm a little late catching up, but thanks for sharing!

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