Empty Tomb Easter Cookies

I posted this last year, but I am posting it again so that you can do this with your kids sometime this week! I will be making these again with the girls on Saturday!

Empty Tomb Easter Cookies
(also called Resurrection Cookies)

Here is what you need:
1 Cup of Pecans
1 Cup of Sugar
1 tsp. Vinegar
3 Egg Whites
Zipper Bag
Wooden spoon
Wax Paper
Pinch of Salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Place pecans in zipper bag and beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested that He was beaten by the Roman Soldiers.
Read John 19: 1-3 and 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.
Kate asked me where all the pictures are in my Bible. haha!
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, 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. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is the Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Psalm 34: 8 and John 3: 16. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
12-15 minutes is a long time for a 3 year old to wait...Kate had fun with the tape while we were waiting.
After the 12-15 minutes, your mixture should look like this:
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 and John 3:1-3. Fold broken nuts into mixture.
(Don't let your kid taste the mixture...raw eggs! Oops!)
Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body laid.
Read Matthew 27: 57-60. Put 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 the Jesus’ tomb was sealed.
Read Matthew 27: 65-66. Go to Bed!! Explain that we may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight just as Jesus followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16: 20 and 22.
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.
Read Matthew 28: 1-9. Christ has risen, hallelujah!
May you have a great Holy Week reflecting on Easter and all that Christ has done for you!
This is the week that changed the world!

{Linking up with Heather!}


  1. That is the most precious thing I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I am so excited to try this out with my little ladies.

    Thank you!!


  2. I just have to try these now. What a simple way to teach our kids about the Resurrection!

  3. i love this idea. this is such a fun(and yummy) way to share the easter story!
    looks like your girls love it too;)

  4. I absolutely LOVE this!!!!! I have been wanting a good way to celebrate the real reason for Easter and this is awesome! Thanks so much!

  5. Such a super cool idea. I love making the Easter story easy and fun for the kids to understand.

  6. My dad and I used to make those every year together! Such a fun cookie, and an even neater story! :)

  7. I have never seen these...thank you for sharing.


  8. This IS the week that changed the world...I love that! Kate and the Bible is too cute with her asking about the pictures. I need to do this with my kids...I love how it's linked to Scripture.

  9. amazing. love this. what a great way to share the Easter story with your girls. it looks like they loved it. :)

  10. i LOVE this idea. i don't have kids... but what if i wanted to do this with my husband? :) you are so thoughtful and intentional with each day!

  11. I am SO doing this with my kids this year...and the next...and the next! Thanks for the idea and the recipe.

  12. That is such a great idea! I LOVE it!! And it's Gluten Free, yay we can make it!! :)

    side note.. I totally thought that was Claire at first. Oops! lol!

  13. Love this Mel! I can't wait to make these with my crew this weekend...thanks for posting this again!

    ps- look how little and cute Kate is from a whole year ago, gasp! =)

  14. awesome idea! i have heard about these cookies before & have totally forgotten about them! what a great thing to do with the kiddos. the pictures are so cute... thanks for sharing! :)

  15. this is so precious...and your daughter is beautiful too!! thanks for sharing!!

  16. that is a wonderful idea. forgotten cookies are my favorite

  17. thank you for sharing this recipe. what a fantastic idea to drive home all we have been teaching our girls. can't wait to make them!

  18. I printed this recipe and I am definitely doing this with my kids this year. It is crazy here with getting ready to move, but we are going to take time out to appreciate this activity!

  19. DOING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have been dragging my kids to daily mass this Holy Week....I think they will like THIS idea way better!!!!!!

    Happy Easter and God Bless you and that beautiful family of yours!

  20. i came to your blog tonight no lie...*just* for this recipe! I'm so glad you reposted so i didn't have to search--now i'll bookmark. thank you!

  21. amazing blog i really like all your style especially egg color is so amazing over all very nice

  22. There is a similar recipe called Resurrection Rolls....you don't have to wait overnight to eat...just 10-12 minutes. They are super yummy too!

    1 package Cresent rolls
    melted butter
    large marshmallows
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Give each child a triangle of cresent rolls.
    The cresent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.

    Give each child a marshmallow.
    This represents Jesus and His purity.

    Have child dip the marshmallow in melted butter.
    This represents the oils of embalming.

    Dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar.
    This represents the spices used to annoint the body of Jesus.

    Wrap the coated marshmallow tightly in the cresent roll
    (not like a typical cresent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside)
    This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after death.

    Place in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
    The oven represents the tomb (pretend like it was 3 days and nights!)

    When the rolls have cooled slightly, the children can open their rolls (cloths) and discover that Jesus is no longer there,

    The marshmallow melts and the cresent roll is puffed up,
    but like the tomb - IT IS EMPTY!

  23. OK Melissa I am cracking up
    we just made the cookies
    I should have read that you leave them in the oven over night
    we made them BEOFRE I cooked dinner and the Easter bread...

    dinner was microwaved and the Easter bread will wait til next year! HA

    funny side note...
    Belle asked if she could wrap the furniture in tape too
    um...she is TEN!!!!!!!!!

  24. I remember making these cookies as a child for easter and look forward to making them next year with my bunch. Going to try the rolls from teh comments as well. (impatient mommy)

  25. These are awesome! I will definitely be trying these with my kids, next Easter!



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