This is a recipe accompanied by a Bible story and scripture readings to be done with children. It is a beautiful illustration of what Jesus did for us through His death and the glorious hope we have through His resurrection.
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 tsp. vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup sugar
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place the nuts in a sealable plastic bag. Beat the nuts with a wooden spoon until broken in tiny pieces. This is to remind us that Jesus was beaten by the Roman soldiers. *Read John 19:1-3; Isaiah 53:5.
- Next, let each child smell the vinegar. Pour a small amount in a bowl, dip your finger in it, and touch the tip of your tongue to taste it. Jesus was given vinegar to drink while on the cross. Add 1 tsp. of vinegar into the mixing bowl. *Read John 19:28-30.
- Add egg whites to the vinegar. The eggs represent life. They remind us that Jesus gave his life to give us life. *Read John 10:10-11.
- Now, taste a bit of salt. Add a pinch of salt to the eggs and vinegar. The salt represents the salty tears of the women who followed Jesus. *Read Luke 23:27.
- Taste a bit of sugar. Add one cup of sugar to the mixing bowl. Up to this point, the ingredients have been very bitter, but the sweetness in this recipe comes from the sugar. The suffering and death of Jesus are bitter, but the sweetness is that Jesus died because he loves us. *Read Psalm 34:8; John 3:16.
- Beat the ingredients in the mixing bowl with a mixer for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. It’s important to beat the mixture well. The whiteness of the mixture reminds us of purity and the cleansing of our sins because of Jesus’ death. *Read Isaiah 1:18.
- Stir in the nuts.
- Drop the dough by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. The mounds represent the tomb where Jesus was buried. *Read Matthew 27:57-60.
- After the oven is preheated, put the cookie sheet in the oven. Turn the oven off. Place pieces of tape (one per person) on the oven door to “seal” it. Jesus’ tomb was sealed. *Read Matthew 27:59.
- Leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Children may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven. Jesus’ followers were also sad when the tomb was sealed.
- In the morning, open the oven and have some cookies. The cookies should be hollow inside just as Jesus’ tomb was empty inside. Jesus is risen! *Read Matthew 28:1-9.
(Author of this wonderful recipe story is unknown.)
*This is one of the featured activities in the Life of Christ, Pt. 2 Bible curriculum for kids in the Growing Up in God’s Word series. This study covers the life of Jesus Christ from His transfiguration through His resurrection and ascension.