This is a cookie recipe that a sweet lady in my church gave me. I had never done this type of Easter lesson with my kids before, though I’d heard of it. My oldest daughter read the Bible verses and we added the extra  step of taping our oven door shut to represent the sealing of Jesus’ tomb. It was a wonderful time of teaching and fun! In years past, I’ve used the Resurrection Eggs, doing one per day for the 12 days preceding Resurrection Sunday. Maybe you can make this memory with your family next year, or anytime you want to teach about our Lord’s Resurrection.

Make these cookies are the evening before Resurrection Day. You will wake to
find the cookies as hollow as the tomb on that first Resurrection morning. 


1 c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 c. sugar


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. This is important! Don’t wait until you’re
half done with the recipe! You will also need a zipper baggie, a wooden
spoon, tape and a Bible.

Place pecans in a zipper baggie and let the children beat them with the
wooden spoon 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. Add 1 c. sugar. Explain
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

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 and John

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

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

NOW 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 16:20, 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
Matt. 28:1-9

Here are some photos of our experience. 🙂

 The recipe tells you to mix for 12-15 minutes, so we all took turns. Here’s Lauren.
Mitchell looks focused, doesn’t he? 🙂
 Leslie’s turn!
Last, but not least, Laci. 🙂
The finished product! It was hard to photograph, but they are hollow inside! He is risen!


3 thoughts on “Empty Tomb Cookies

  1. Nugget says:

    Mariah got this recipe in Sunday School when she was in first grade. (She is in 9th now.) We have made them several times, but not recently. I had forgotten about it. We need to do it again, great lesson. Thank you for posting. 🙂


  2. Ava Kinsey says:

    Do you remember how many cookies this makes? Thinking about taking some to Gracie's Sunday School class.


  3. I'm thinking it made about a dozen. It's been a while since I did this. I think you can slightly adjust the size to make more or less.


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