Easter Story Cookies
This cookie recipe has been around for a long time and seems to have many names; Empty Tomb Cookies, Scripture Cookies, Resurrection Cookies, and Easter Story Cookies, to name a few. These cookies are so good, a great way to remember what Easter is really all about, and to teach children the true story of Easter in a visual way. The empty cookies in the morning are as much of a surprise as what the Easter Bunny left for them in their baskets!
Easter Story Cookies
Ingredients / Items Needed:
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 cup white sugar
1 large gallon zipper bag
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Activity: Put the pecans in a Ziploc bag and let the kids beat them with a wooden spoon to break them into small pieces.
Discussion: After Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read: John 19:1-3
Activity: Let the kids smell the vinegar. Put a teaspoon of vinegar to a mixing bowl.
Discussion: When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, he was given vinegar to drink.
Read: John 19:28, 30
Activity: Add the egg whites to the vinegar.
Discussion: Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read: John 10:10-11
Activity: Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl with the egg and vinegar.
Discussion: This represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sins.
Read: Luke 23:27
Activity: Add one cup of sugar to the bowl
Discussion: The sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know Him and belong to Him.
Read: Psalm 34:8
Activity: Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes or until stiff peaks are formed.
Discussion: The color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read: Isaiah 1:18
Activity: Fold in the broken nuts; line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto the waxed paper.
Discussion: Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Read: Matthew 27:57-60
Activity: Place 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.
Discussion: Jesus’ tomb was sealed.
Read: Matthew 27:65-66
Activity: GO TO BED
Discussion: You may feel sad that we had to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were sad when the tomb was sealed with Jesus inside.
Read: John 16:20
On Easter morning, have the kids remove the tape and open the oven door; remove the cookies and take a bite. The inside of the cookies are hollow!
Discussion: On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read: Matthew 28:1-9
Photo credit: Easter Cards
Recipe credit: Faithful Provisions