Empty Tomb/Resurrection Cookies

I first baked these cookies during my student teaching with my first graders. Because we were in a private school I was allowed to share the Easter story with the students as we sat around a large table and they took turns adding the ingredients. My favorite part is the “sealing of the tomb” where you actually tape the oven shut after you place the cookies inside and then wait until morning to revisit the tomb. My husband and I also made these with a children’s sunday school class at church for elementary students on Easter Sunday, the children loved adding the ingredients and trying to remember what each ingredient represented. The best age for this recipe would be elementary age children on up, because of length of the lesson and the verses that go along with each ingredient. I did not attempt this with my two sons yet, but look forward to doing this on the Saturday before Easter when they are a little older. 
 empty tomb resurrection cookies


  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • gallon size zip top bag
  • wooden spoon
  • tape
  • Bible


1.  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.2.  Put the pecans in the plastic bag.  Let the children take turns breaking them by beating with a wooden spoon. Don’t crush them finely, but leave in large pieces.Explain that Jesus was arrested and beaten by the soldiers.  Read John 19:1-33.   Let the children smell the vinegar.  Pour it in a mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, they gave him vinegar to drink.  Read John 19:28-30.4.  Pour the egg whites into the mixing bowl with the vinegar.Explain that eggs represent life.  Jesus gave his life so that we can have life.  Read John 10:10-11.

5.  Sprinkle salt into each child’s hand and let them taste it.  Put a dash of salt in the mixing bowl.

Explain that salt represents the tears shed by Jesus’ disciples.  It also represents the bitterness of our own sin.  Read Luke 23:27.

6.  Add 1 cup sugar to the mixing bowl.

Explain that this is the sweetest part of the story.  Jesus died because he loves us.  He wants us to know and belong to him.  Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

7.  Beat the egg whites with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until it forms stiff peaks.

Explain that the white color 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.

8.  Fold the broken nuts into the beaten egg whites.  Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheets.

Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.  Read Matthew 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 let them seal the oven door.

Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed.  Read Matthew 27:65-66.

10.  Go to bed!

Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven.  Jesus’ followers were very sad when the tomb was sealed.  Read John 16:20 and 22.

11.  On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.  Let them take a bite and show them that they are hollow inside!

On the first Easter morning Jesus’ followers were amazed to find his tomb open and empty.  Read Matthew 28:1-9.

He has risen!


  1. This is one of our favorite Easter activities! The children learn so much from the whole process. Thanks for sharing and getting me even more excited to make them this week.

    • Abby- This is a very fun activity! How old are your children; I ask because I feel like this activity works best with elementary children because of all the explanations. I have been debating about whether or not to simplify this activity for toddlers… what are your thoughts!? :)

      • My children are 5, 3, and 1, and really love making the cookies. Normally my husband helps a lot, but since he is gone right now, I’ve decided to change it up a little when we make them tomorrow. I am going to copy the scriptures, and have them in order, next to all of the ingredients in individual bowls. My plan is to read the all of the scriptures, allowing them to tell me which ingredient goes with the scripture, and then do the cooking, instead of just reading them as we go along. Then, as we actually add the ingredient, remind them of what the ingredient represents. I hope that makes sense. Thanks for getting me to think about it a little more!

      • Mackenzie- I hope you don’t mind, but since I’m not going to make ours in enough time to post about them on my blog before Easter, I linked to your post in my post on our Resurrection Eggs.

        You can see it here, and if you want me to take it down, let me know. http://ahouseof.blogspot.com/2012/04/muffin-tin-meal-resurrection-eggs-and.html

        • Abby-That is great; I’m glad you are able to share it with your readers even if you don’t have time to do it this year! Thanks for linking it up and hope you have a great Easter with your family! :)

  2. So very cool!! Pinning it so I can remember to do with my little guy! And sharing on Vintage Gwen’s Facebook page! Thanks for linking up to Show & Share! Happy Easter!

  3. This is so cute, and looks like a good recipe, too!

  4. Love it!!! I think of donng that with our first graders every time I make these! Hoping to make the with Payton tomorrow.

  5. Great Easter activity! We will be making these next year. Thanks for sharing the step-by-step on how to do this!

  6. Hi Mackenzie-
    I was just led to this recipe through a friend on Pinterest. This looks like such a wonderful activity to help teach my kids the Easter story. My only concern is the pecans… Is there something else that could be substituted for the nuts? Thanks!

  7. That is so awesome! What a wonderful idea to instill our faith for your children!

  8. I am so excited to do this with our kids(6&4) this Easter. I have wanted to do this for a couple years, but we always go to sunrise service so it was waaayyy too much to add something else to our morning. This year we are attending a new service that is much later in the morning so we will have lots of time to take checking out our “empty tombs”.

  9. Mackenzie, this is so important for the children. This is such a great way to teach the Easter story to children. I didn’t know about this when my children were little but I have grandchildren now. I will use this. Thank you so much for sharing.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

  10. We do this almost every year (and my youngest are teenagers). You did a great job with the tutorial.

  11. When you made them in Sunday School, did you just give each child the dough to take home to put in the oven??? Or did you have pre-made cookies???

  12. This is a great idea! The only thing I’m wondering about, do you turn the oven back on? Or do they just harden overnight? Maybe it’s obvious and I just don’t know, haha!

    Thanks so much!

  13. Hi Mackenzie,
    Thanks so much for the recipe! We used it last week. I’ll be linking your post to my blog.

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