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Easter Resurrection Cookies are a wonderful hands-on way to teach children about the Easter story!

Easter Resurrection Cookies on a vintage china plate

As a former homeschooling mama of 23 years, I always looked for ways to teach my kids faith combined with teachable activities.

One of my very favorites was this hands on recipe for Easter Resurrection Cookies.

Although the night before Easter usually meant curling little girls hair with sponge rollers (don’t judge me!) and setting out beautiful church outfits, it was also time to emphasize what the Easter holiday is really about.

Family dressed in Easter clothes

(This was the year my mom passed away in 2010.)

The kids in the top picture are now all grown adults, with three married (two with sons), my husband 100 pounds lighter and me now a blonde!

Family with grown children and grandkids outside

Mamas, time really does fly and creep at the same time. Make sure and create memories that will last long after your kids have left the nest.

Easter Resurrection Cookies on vintage plate

All the ingredients, supplies and instructions (with scriptures) for these Easter Resurrection Cookies are included below. Just print out the recipe and keep it on hand!

There are lots of names for this recipe including Empty Tomb Cookies and Easter Story Cookies. Whatever you call them, it’s a fun project and simply delicious!

White meringue cookies on blue plate with cookies on baking sheet

Easter Resurrection Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 cup sugar

Supplies:

Resealable plastic bag
Wooden spoon or rolling pin
Duct tape or masking tape
Bible
2 cookie sheets
Parchment paper
Teaspoon
Mixer and bowl

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. Place pecans in plastic bag and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon or rolling pin to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

woman using rolling pin to smash pecans

3. Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

woman pouring vinegar into a vintage mixer

4. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

woman pouring egg whites into vintage mixer

5. 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.

woman sprinkling salt into vintage mixer

6. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Now add 1 cup sugar, explaining 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 Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16.

woman pouring sugar into vintage mixing bowl

7. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes for those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

vintage mixer and meringue cookie dough for Easter Resurrection Cookies

8. Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.

woman pouring crushed nuts into meringue mixture
woman placing Easter Resurrection Cookies onto parchment paper

9. Put the cookies in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door closed. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.

tape sealing oven door for Easter Resurrection Cookies

10. Go to bed! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. However, Jesus’ followers were also in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

11. 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 stunned to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.

Easter Resurrection Cookies broken open on vintage plate

I’d love to know if you make these cookies and how your family enjoyed the activity. Plus, these cookies are to die for even if you don’t have any kids!

Easter Resurrection Cookies

Easter Resurrection Cookies are a wonderful hands-on way to teach children about the Easter story!
Course Cookie
Cuisine American
Keyword Resurrection Cookies

Equipment

  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Wooden spoon or rolling pin
  • Duct tape or masking tape
  • Bible
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Teaspoon
  • Mixer and bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • Place pecans in plastic bag and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon or rolling pin 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 1 tsp 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. Now add 1 cup sugar. (Explain the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16.)
  • Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. (Explain that the coor white represents the purity in God's eyes for 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 parchment lined cookie sheets. (Explain that each mount represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.)
  • Put the cookies in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door closed. (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. However, Jesus' followers were also in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.)
  • On Easter morning open the oven and given everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! (On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were stunned to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.)

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