Easter Snacks


Read the whole recipe before beginning…try to do together Saturday night before Easter Sunday. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Ingredients:

1 cup whole pecans

3 egg whites

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. vinegar

1 pinch salt

You need:

Mixing bowl

wooden spoon

Bible

Zipper Baggie

Waxed Paper

Cookie Sheet

Tape

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3

Let child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp 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 the 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

Add one 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 Psalm34:8 and John 3:16

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by tsp onto waxed paper-covered cookie sheet. Explain that the mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matt.27:65-66

Put 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 John16:20 and 22.

On Resurrection Morning open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On that first Resurrection Day Jesus followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9

He has risen! HALLELUJAH!

Hope you all are doing well. We hope you have a wonderful Easter. Our thoughts will be with all of you!


Stained Glass Easter cookies are fun and delicious. Cut cookies from a tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough and roll out slightly. With a butter knife, have children cut the shape of a cross out of the middle of the cookie. Place on a cookie sheet and fill the cutout with any type of finely crushed clear hard candy (i.e. butterscotch, root beer etc.) and bake. The results really do look like stained glass!


Cross Cake This has become a family tradition. Bake a 9″x13″ sheet cake. (Layers of chocolate, red velvet, and white can be used to make a gospel presentation of our sin, Jesus’ blood, and the purity we have after He covered our sins.) When it is cooled, use a pre-cut pattern of a cross, and cut the cake into a cross shape. I ice the cake in chocolate icing, and each year the children decorate it. We talk about the significance of the cross while we decorate. ( When my oldest was 6 months old, I used his fingers to scrape “tree bark lines” across the cross. As the children have aged, the cake has become more elaborately decorated). We take a picture of the children with the cake, and have the “Cross Cake” as Easter day dessert.


EASTER STORY COOKIES: Make the evening before Easter… 1c. Whole Pecans 1 tsp. Vinegar 1c. Sugar Zipper Baggie 3 Egg Whites Tape Wooden Spoon Pinch Salt Bible

Preheat oven to 300° (This is important– Do it now!) Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. (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. (John 19:28-30.) Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. (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. (Luke 23:27.) So far the ingredients are not appetizing. Add 1c. 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. (Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.) Beat with a mixer for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. (Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.) Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. (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. (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. (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. (Matt. 28:1-9.)


For a resurrection snack, cut a chocolate donut in half and stand it on it’s cut ends. This is the tomb. Use a donut hole in front of the cut donut. This is the stone in front of the tomb that the students can easily roll away.

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.