Families can use this classic, interactive recipe at home the night before Easter.
Get Ready: You'll need one cup whole pecans, a baggie, a wooden spoon, one teaspoon of vinegar, three egg whites, a pinch of salt, one cup sugar, a mixer, a greased cookie sheet, tape, and a Bible. Heat the oven to 300 degrees.
Get Set: Place the pecans in the baggie. Let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into small pieces. Say, "After Jesus was arrested, soldiers beat him" (John 19:1-3). Next, let children smell and taste the vinegar. Put one teaspoon in a mixing bowl. Say, "When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, soldiers gave him vinegar to drink" (John 19:28-30). Add the egg whites. Say, "An egg can sometimes have a new life in it, such as a bird. Jesus died so we can live with him forever" (John 10:10-11). Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let kids brush it into the bowl and then taste what's left. Say: "Salt represents the tears of Jesus' friends" (Luke 23:27). Add the sugar. Say: "The sweetest part of Easter is that Jesus died because he loves us-and then he came back to life" (Psalm 34:8and John 3:16). Beat ingredients with a mixer on high for 12 to 15 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Say: "The color white represents how we become pure because Jesus washes away our sins" (Isaiah 1:18). Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Say: "Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid to rest" (Matthew 27:57-60). Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door, and turn off the oven. Give each child some tape to seal the door. Say: "When Jesus was sealed in the tomb, the world was dark" (Matthew 27:65-66). Tell children it's time to go to bed and ask how they feel about leaving the cookies in the oven overnight. Say: "Jesus' friends were sad to leave him in the tomb, too" (John 16:20).
Faith Talk: On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! Say: "On the first Easter morning, Jesus' followers were amazed, too. The tomb was empty because Jesus came back to life" (Matthew 28:1-9)!