~~~~~Making these has been an Easter tradition at our house for the past 6 years. We love these cookies! More-so because of the process of making them, although they are pretty tasty too.
Here is the link to the page where I first found these cookies, although they are all over the web. Here they are on Allrecipes posted by user "Sonia". Annie says the source is unknown, but that she got her recipe from "Sue." Who knows where they came from, but we have adopted them as a family tradition.
I have pictures from two different years to share our process with you. We do this the night before Easter Morning.
a zipper bag
wooden spoon or rolling pin
waxed paper or parchment paper
oven, preheated to 300F
1 cup pecans (half or whole)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
3 egg whites
1 pinch salt
1 cup white sugar
Place pecans in a resealable plastic bag. Crush the pecans into small bits. Read John 19:1-3. Explain how Jesus was beaten and mocked.
John 19:1-3 (NKJV)
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said,“Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands.
Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into a medium bowl. Read John 19:28-30 Let the children taste the vinegar and ask if that would be satisfying if they were suffering and thirsty.
John 19:28-30 (NKJV)Add egg whites to the vinegar. Read John 10:10-11
It Is Finished
After this, Jesus, knowing[a] that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
John 10:10-11 (NKJV)The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
Sprinkle salt into the egg whites. Read Luke 23:27 Let the children taste the salt first, and talk about salty tears.
Luke 23:27 (NKJV)So far, the mixture isn't very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him.
Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
John 3:16 (NKJV)For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Beat with mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3. Talk about how white the mixture is becoming, just as Jesus paid for our sin to wash our hearts clean and white.
Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
The New Birth
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
Matthew 27:57-60 (NKJV)
Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb
Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.
Place cookies in the oven close the door and turn the oven off. Read Matthew 27:65-66. Talk about how the tomb was sealed so no one could steal Jesus' body and say He had risen.
Matthew 27:65-66 (NKJV)Go to bed. Read John 16:20 and 22. Talk about how sad the disciples were to leave Jesus there in the tomb.
Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.
John 16:20 & 22 (NKJV)
Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
In the morning open the oven and take out the cookies. Read Matthew 28:1-9.
Matthew 28:1-9 (NKJV)
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came 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 from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.
When you eat them they are hollow, just as the empty tomb, even though it was sealed. What a true miracle! Jesus is not dead, He is living! It is His resurrection that gives us hope for life eternal.
1 Cor. 15:20-26
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
Salvation, the greatest gift a parent can share
Spring Garden 2011
From the old blog:
Here are our pictures from Easter 2007, five years ago... WOW how time flies!