Now I know it's a little late for you to do this for Easter but I didn't have this recipe before I left for Easter and didn't take my computer with me. My sister did this with all the cousins Easter Eve. Although the kids were a little rowdy this time around, it was very late when we did this, the kids had fun making these cookies together. I think that this will become a new tradition in our family. I hope you enjoy the Easter story told through the baking of these cookies.
If you have a child with a nut allergy these would still work to create the hollow tomb. You could use Robins Eggs instead to break up and not add them to the mixture, the dye would probably color the tomb.
These are to be made the evening before Easter. You need;
1 cup whole pecans
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Place whole pecans in zipper baggie and beat then with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. After Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19: 1-3.
Smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl. When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19: 28-30
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10: 10-11
Sprinkle a little salt into your hand. Taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. This represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23: 27.
So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.
Add 1 cup of sugar. The sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. The color white represents the purity in God's eyes, of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3: 1-3.
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven off. With a piece of tape seal the oven door. Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 28: 65-66.
GO TO BED! You may feel safe to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and take 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. Read Matthew 28: 1-9.
Now you may have a friend who needs to hear the Easter story. You can take some of your Empty Tomb Cookies to your friend and use then to explain the Easter story.