A few years ago I came across this recipe and made it with my boys on the Saturday before Easter. It was a great activity not only because we got to make cookies together (which they loved doing) but it was a great way to talk to them about the true meaning of Easter. The cookie preparation is simple, and each step has a Bible verse that coincides with the ingredients and the Easter story. The best part is the anticipation and joy of cracking open the cookies on Easter morning to find them empty inside. The cookies bring the focus of Easter morning back to Jesus and away from the egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. If you have small children or grandchildren, consider making these cookies (and these memories) this Easter weekend!
Resurrection Cookie Recipe
Prep these cookies the Saturday before Easter (or whenever you want to share the lesson.) Note that the cookies remain in the oven overnight!)
You will need:
1c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
A pinch of salt
Zippered plastic bag
Tape ( I recommend painter’s tape for the cleanest removal)
Bible (I recommend an NIV or a children’s version such as the Adventure Bible for easy reading and comprehension)
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
2. Place pecans in the zippered plastic bag and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3.
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.
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.
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
4. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
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.
27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.
6. Now for the sweet. Add 1c. sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
7. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah. 1:18.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
8. Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.
9. 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 Matt.27:65-66.
10. GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16: 22.
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
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 amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. -Matt. 28:6
*As a side note (and disclaimer) these are not the tastiest of cookies! If you’re looking for a real treat, you may want to bake up some traditional cookies before making these and sealing your oven!