If possible, make these cookies the evening before Easter!
You will need the following:1 C mini chocolate chips (or whole pecans)
1 t vinegar
3 egg whites
1 C sugar
metal or wooden spoon
Preheat oven 300F.
Place chocolate chips (or pecans) in ziplock bag and let children beat them with a spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat him. (Read John 19:1-3)
Let each child smell the vinegar before putting in into a mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. (Read John 19:28-30)
Add egg white 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)
Add sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know Him and belong to Him. (Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16)
Beat egg white mixture with a mixer on High speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. If you have a KitchenAid Mixer, it goes super fast! Explain that the color white represents the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. (Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3)
Fold in broken chocolate chips (or pecans). Drop by TEASPOONfuls onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. (Read Matthew 27:57-60)
*these are MUCH too big! Drop by teaspoonfuls instead and make little tombs! Ours turned out gooey rather than hollow in the center.
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 felt despair when the tomb was sealed too. (Read John 16:20-22)
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. He is risen! He is risen indeed! (Read Matthew 28:1-9)
Thank you, MomSense magazine (March/April 2011)!!!!
Have a Happy Gluten Free Easter weekend!!!