let me explain.
It’s a fun thing to do with the kids before Easter, that really helps them understand
what happened to Jesus.
You basically are making a simple meringue cookie and using each ingredient to help you tell part of the story…
The nuts go in a bag and you have the kids pound on them to crush them and explain that the soldiers beat Jesus… the white vinegar is smelled and you tell them that when Jesus asked for water, he was given vinegar.
You have them taste the salt and talk about the salty tears that were shed for him.
You add the egg whites and talk about how eggs are the symbol of life and how Jesus gave his life for us…and then add the sugar, talking about that sweet gift of purity that helps make us perfect before God. When the cookies are put onto waxed paper and added to a hot oven, you have the kids tape the oven door shut (seal the tomb) and shut off the oven and go to bed.
This is where you tell them how tough it was for people to leave Jesus.
The cookies dry out overnight and are yummy in the morning –
which everyone finds out in the morning when they unseal the “tomb”.
Here is what they are supposed to look like:
What happened this time was my eager assistant popped the nuts in BEFORE the eggs (meringue) was whipped up and had started to mix it. There was no way I could pull them out.
We went for it anyway.
FYI, you can’t get “stiff peaks” when you add nuts first.
The cookies turned out like us: often sweet but imperfect.
Jesus is the one who allows us to be perfect in God’s eyes…
and our cookies this year were a great reminder.
Not a cookie “fail”, but simply a different twist on the lesson.
If you want to try these yourself, the recipe (and matching bible verses) are HERE.
Just don’t add the nuts first.