While we can’t resist indulging in chocolate and eggs and baskets stuffed with shredded tissue at The Pear Tree House come Easter, I also want to emphasize the Christian perspective to my kids, and the message of hope that it brings.
Last year, I came across a fun recipe over on the blog Fly Through Our Window, and couldn’t wait to try it this year. Called alternatively Holy Week Cookies, Easter Story Cookies and Resurrection Cookies (I myself favour the latter), they’re a fun project to do with your kids or grandkids leading up to Easter, telling the story of the crucifixion and resurrection as you go. And, if you like them as much as I did, you’ll be pulling out the basic version throughout the year.
1 cup peacans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large ziploc bag
1. Preheat oven to 300 F. The recipe I read said to line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. I used wax. Do not follow my example or you won’t get your cookies off in one piece!
2. Crush the pecans with a rolling pin. Read John 19:1-3, which tells how the Roman soldiers beat and hurt Jesus. Set the crushed pecans aside until later.
3. In a separate bowl, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Smell the vinegar, and read John 19:28-30. This is what Jesus was given to drink when he asked for water.
4. Add your egg whites to the vinegar before explaining how Jesus gave his life in order to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
5. Taste a sprinkle of salt (my son couldn’t get enough of it!). Read Luke 23:27 and relate how Jesus’ followers shed salty tears, and how it also represents the bitterness of our sins.
6. Add sugar. Explain that the sweet part of the story is that Jesus died because of his love for us, and he wants us to know that we belong to him. Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16 back this up.
7. Beat the mixture on high for 12-15 minutes. Don’t take any shortcuts here. I only went for 10 minutes and the cookies didn’t rise like they should. They still tasted great, but the “magic” trick at the end didn’t really happen 🙁 Explain that the colour white represents the purity that is passed on to us when we accept the cleansing gift of Jesus’ death. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
8. Fold in the broken nuts. Drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto the pan. Explain how each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was lain. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
9. Place the cookies in the oven, close the door and turn off the heat. Tape or seal the door and explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed so no one could get in or out. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
10. Go to bed, explaining how Jesus’ followers were sad to leave him in the sealed tomb. See John 16:20.
In the morning, open the oven and remove the cookies. When you break them open (if you beat them for long enough first), they should be hollow in the middle – an empty tomb! Read Matthew 28:1-9, between nibbles, and talk about how Jesus’ followers would have been so surprised to find the tomb empty, and what that empty tomb means for us today.
This is a recipe I think we’ll make every year, as something fun the night before Easter.
– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier