I received this recipe in an email from someone at church (I have no idea who the original author is). I have never made it, but thought it would be a good Easter craft/Bible study for those of you who celebrate Easter (we are definitely going to try them out for Easter). Because, as you will see, the cookies are naturally gluten-free.
If you make them, let me know how it goes (especially if you are making them with children!).
Symbolic family activity with applicable scriptures
Begin Saturday and finish Easter Sunday
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 300°. Place pecans in Ziploc baggie and let children beat with wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Save for later in the recipe.
(After Jesus was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat Him. READ John 19:1-3.)
Children smell vinegar. Put 1 t vinegar into mixing bowl.
(When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, they gave Him vinegar to drink. READ John 19:28-30.)
Add egg whites to vinegar.
(Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life to give us eternal life. READ John 10:10-11.)
Sprinkle a little salt into each person’s hand. Each tastes it and brushes a little tiny bit into the mixing bowl.
(Salt represents salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers. READ Luke 23:27.)
So far the ingredients aren’t very appetizing. Add 1 C sugar.
(The sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. READ John 3:16.)
Beat ingredients with a mixer on high speed until stiff peaks are formed.
(The color white represents purity. Christ was pure, without sin. READ 1 Peter 1:21-22.)
Fold in broken nuts. Drop batter by teaspoons on lightly greased cookie sheet.
(Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. READ Matthew 27:57-60.)
Put cookie sheet in oven. Close oven door and TURN OFF THE OVEN. Each person takes a piece of masking tape and seals the oven door closed.
(Jesus’ tomb was sealed. READ Matthew 27:65-66.)
(Family may feel sad to leave cookies in oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were also sad when the tomb was sealed. READ John 16:22.)
Sunday morning – enjoy the cookies.
(Joy on resurrection morning!)