- 1 C. Peanuts
- 1 tsp. Vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- Pinch of salt
- 1 C. Sugar
- Quart size Ziploc bag
- Wooden spoon
- Masking tape
Preheat the oven to 300°. Place the nuts in Ziploc bag and let children beat them with a wooden spoon. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten. Read John 19:1-3.
Let each child smell the vinegar, then put one teaspoon of vinegar into a mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty, He was given vinegar. Read John 19:28-30.
Next, add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Then 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. Read Luke 23:27.
Add one cup of sugar. Explain the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. Read Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat the mixture with the mixer on high for 12-15 min, until stiff peaks are formed. Explain the color white represents the purity of those that have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Fold in the broken nuts. Drop mixture by the teaspoons full onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
Put cookie sheet into the oven, close the door and turn the oven off.
Take the masking tape and seal the oven door shut. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
Go to bed. Read John 16:20 & 22
On Easter morning, open the oven and give each child a cookie. Notice the cracked surface, then take a bite. The cookies are hollow. Just like on that first Easter, Jesus followers were amazed to find that the tomb was open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9