Several years ago I made these cookies while helping out in a Sunday school class. The cookies quickly became favorites of mine, and I began to make them almost every Easter. The recipe and the story that accompanies the cookies are found all over the internet, and I have seen it in more than one forwarded email over the years. I don’t have kids, but I still find meaning in the symbolism wrapped up in the cookies. On the Saturday evening before Easter, I delight in baking these sweet treats. As simple, and maybe childish, as it sounds, it builds anticipation for the following morning. I hope you enjoy these cookies too!
Recipe: Easter Cookies
- 1 cup whole pecans
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- pinch salt
- 1 cup sugar
- zipper baggie and a wooden spoon or a food processor
- wax/baking paper
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (this is important, don’t wait till you’re half done with the recipe!)
After Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Crushing the pecans in this recipe represents how Jesus was crushed for our sins.
John 19:1-3 “Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands.” Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”
Place the pecans in the zipper baggie. Beat the nuts with a wooden spoon to break them into small pieces. (If you use a food processor to chop the nuts, be careful not to over-chop them into a pulp.)
Smell and taste the Vinegar. While on the cross Christ was thirsty and was given vinegar (or sour wine) to drink.
John 19:28-30 “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
Put the 1 teaspoon of vinegar into the mixing bowl.
The eggs in this recipe represent new life. Christ died in order that we would have new and eternal life.
John 10:10-11 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
Add the egg whites to the vinegar.
Taste some of the salt. The salt represents the agony and sadness of the story salty tears and sweat that were shed.
Luke 22:44 “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
Luke 23:27 “And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him.”
Add a pinch of salt to the mixture.
Until now the ingredients are not very appetizing. But there is sweetness. The sugar that is added represents the sweetness of the Easter story. He died because He loves us and does not want us to perish.
John 3:16 “”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Psalm 34:8 “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
Begin mixing with an electric mixer/beaters on high. Gradually add in the 1 cup of sugar. Continue to mix until stiff peaks form and mixture is glossy (may take up to 15 minutes).
The mixture will begin to turn bright white as it is mixed. This white represents the purity of those whose sins have been washed away.
John 3:1-3 “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.”
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”
GENTLY fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.
The cookie mounds and the oven represent the tomb.
Matthew 27:65-66 “So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.”
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. (Alternatively if you are making a large batch or do not have as much time, you may bake them in the 300F oven for 25 minutes until dry and slightly golden on the bottom. Baking them this way may not produce cookies that are as hollow in the center.)
Read Matthew 27:65-66.
GO TO BED!
On Easter morning, open the oven and eat a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are fluffy and/or hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. The cookies represent the earthquake and the empty tomb.
Matthew 28:1-9 “Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.”