Celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ with this fun, interactive activity for kids. FREE printable cookie recipe & Bible instructions included.
Resurrection cookies are a GREAT way to walk children through the resurrection of Jesus. It is an engaging, yummy, memorable, hands-on way to teach and explain the story of Easter. My children thoroughly enjoyed our Easter Jelly Bean Prayer activity, so I knew they would love this as well! Follow along below, but be sure to download the free printable chart with the Resurrection Cookie recipe, step-by-step instructions, Biblical explanations, and corresponding Bible verses.
Resurrection Cookie Supplies:
Gather all of the ingredients and supplies listed/shown below. To make the cookies, you will need:
- 1 ziplock bag
- 1 cup whole pecans
- 3 egg whites
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1 cup sugar
- pinch of salt
IMPORTANT NOTE: The instructions and steps listed below must begin the night before Easter Sunday, Holy Saturday.
Resurrection Cookie Directions:
- 1. Preheat oven to 300°. Do NOT skip this very first (VERY IMPORTANT) step!
- 2. Begin following the chart below. Read the scriptures to the child and discuss each part of making the cookies and how it relates to the Resurrection.
Step 1: Place pecans in ziplock bag and let the child beat them with a hammer.
- Biblical Correlation: Jesus was arrested and beaten by the Roman soldiers.
- Bible Verse: John 19:1-3
Step 2: Let the child smell the vinegar and put it into the mixing bowl.
- Biblical Correlation: When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, the soldiers gave him vinegar to drink.
- Bible Verse: John 19:28-30
Step 3: Add egg whites to vinegar.
- Biblical Correlation: Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life to give life to us.
- Bible Verse: John 10:10-11
Step 4: Sprinkle salt into the child’s hand and let them taste it. Brush remaining salt into bowl.
- Biblical Correlation: Salty tears were shed by Jesus’ followers.
- Bible Verse: Luke 23:27
Step 5: Add sugar to the bowl.
- Biblical Correlation: The “sweet” part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us! He wants us to know and belong to Him.
- Bible Verse: Psalms 34:8 John 3:16
Step 6: Beat ingredients on high speed for 15 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
- Biblical Correlation: White represents our sins being cleansed by Jesus.
- Bible Verse: Isaiah 1:18 John 3:1-3
Step 7: Fold in beaten nuts and drop teaspoon sizes of the mixture onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.
- Biblical Correlation: The mounds represent the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
- Bible Verse: Matthew 27:57-60
Step 8: Place cookie sheet in oven and turn it OFF!!! Give the child a piece of tape to seal the oven door.
- Biblical Correlation: Jesus was placed in His tomb and it was sealed.
- Bible Verse: Matthew 27:65-66
Step 9: Go to bed. (Explain that the child may be sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.)
- Biblical Correlation: Jesus’ followers were sad and in despair when His tomb was sealed.
- Bible Verse: John 16:20, 22
Step 10: On Easter morning (Resurrection Sunday), open the oven and eat cookies, taking notice of the cracked surface and that the cookies are hollow.
- Biblical Correlation: On the Resurrection, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
- Bible Verse: Matthew 28:1-9
I truly hope that you and your children thoroughly enjoy making the Resurrection Cookies and learning more about the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
I originally got this idea from Learn to Love, Love to Learn. I loved the chart format of the directions, but I wanted to be able to print it off so that I wouldn’t have to keep my computer nearby while going through the steps with the kids. Hence, I created a printable version for myself that I could also share with you!
Looking for MORE Easter activities?
If you’re on the hunt for more activities to help teach your children about Easter, be sure to check out some of my other blog posts:
- Jelly Bean Prayer (FREE printable cards)
- Easter Bunny Magnets (craft w/directions)
- Homemade Easter Hat Tutorial (made from a paper bowl & plate)
This post was originally published on April 2, 2010.