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It was one of those moments when I took a mental snapshot. And 13 years later, I still remember the wide-eyed wonder in my daughter’s eyes.

I wanted to make Easter come alive to our then four-year-old—to help her see the true meaning and miracle of it. I came across a cookie recipe that involved both spiritual and physical preparation. Prepared the night before, each ingredient represents an aspect of the Easter story, and Bible texts are read to enrich the experience. If your family wants to make these, you will need:

1 cup of whole pecans
1 tsp of white vinegar
3 egg whites
1 pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Sealable plastic baggie
Wooden mallet
Wax paper

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Your job is to read the texts, explain their relationship to what your child will be doing, and ask and invite questions. Assist when necessary, but let your child have a hands-on experience.

Read and Mix

Read John 19:1-3. After Jesus was arrested, He was beaten and mocked. Place the pecans in the bag and use the mallet to break them into tiny pieces.

Read John 19:28-30. When Jesus was on the cross He got thirsty, but they only gave Him vinegar to drink. Smell the vinegar and place it in a mixing bowl.

Read John 10:10-11. Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life so that we could live—forever! Add the egg whites.

Read Luke 23:27. Jesus’ followers walked with Him as He carried the cross. Many of them cried because they were so sad. The salt tastes like tears. Place a pinch in the bowl.

Read Psalm 34:8. The sweetest part of the story is that Jesus loves us! Place the sugar in the bowl.

Now beat the mixture on high for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form. Notice how white the mixture is, and read Isaiah 1:18. Jesus is pure because He never sinned. When He forgives our sins, He makes us pure. Fold in the broken nuts.

Read Matthew 27:57-60. Drop generous teaspoons of mixture onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus was laid.

Read Matthew 25:65-66. Put the cookie sheet in the oven. Turn the oven OFF and “seal” the door with a piece of tape. This completes the project.

I remember how our daughter ran to the oven that Easter morning. She took the tape off the door, opened it, and then there was that wide-eyed wonder. The tombs had cracked open—and they were hollow—empty! We then read Matthew 28:1-9. 

The key to this recipe is to let your child enjoy the experience. Don’t worry about the mess—it can easily be cleaned up. And don’t worry about the time involved. What better way to spend a Saturday night than to share with our children these life-changing truths: Jesus loves you so much that He died for you. And Jesus is so powerful that the tomb is empty!

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