Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Cookies!

I am not a baker. Baking is something I wish I was better at! I have a few friends who bake, my mom bakes yummy cheesecakes, my mother-in-law makes an awesome strawberry cake...but me no...I do not bake! So, I was so happy to find Margaret of Margaret's Cookies! (I'm not sure if her website is up and running yet) She is a local gal who makes some utterly delicious sugar cookies. I first had them when my neighbor (a relative of Margaret) gave us some at Christmas. I think I ate almost every cookie that was in the box! I even hid them from Mr. Nice!!! I did share some with Spice!

Anyway, I wanted to get some for Spice's teachers and class for Easter. Oh, they turned out sooo cute, and yummy as well!! Here is a picture before I put them into little bags. I wish I would have taken that picture too, but things were just so crazy this week!!
As I said before I am not a baker, so make sure you READ and FOLLOW this recipe just as it says. Half way though I realized I was suppose to put the pecans in last. When you are looking at the pictures a few of them have the pecans in the "batter" that is not right. They go in last. We had to redo the first part, good thing spice was ok with that!! My sweet cousin sent this too me. you are suppose to make it TONIGHT, the night before Easter Sunday, but we decided to celebrate Good Friday by making these.

1cup whole pecans
1tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt

1 cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important, don't wait till you're half done with the recipe!)Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was Beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1tsp vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that 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. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. 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, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27. So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar.Explain that 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. Explain that 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 teaspoons 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 the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad 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 give everyone 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.

1 comment:

  1. Very creative! And, yes, I know that your MIL makes a great strawberry cake because Greg took half of one of yours once.... I'm so thankful that Sugar's procedure went well. It's always a challenge giving your child away for a "procedure". Very timely with what God had to give His Son away for, huh?


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