Printable Version Empty Tomb Cookies

God’s Not Dead, He’s Surely Alive……..

Empty Tomb Cookies

Scan_Pic0122This is not my original recipe. I would love to give credit to whomever came up with it, however I do not know who that is. My Father-in-law, Joe, gave this to me in 2003 after a friend of his passed it on to him. Joe knew that we would enjoy sharing God’s story of redemption with his precious grandchildren in this fun way. Joe did not know that the tradition would continue with a foster child so many years later. Joe has gone home to be with the Lord and so has a full understanding of the empty tomb. I thank him for passing this cute idea onto us to share with the children in our life to help them to understand it as well.

Thank you Dad. I look forward to seeing you again in God’s glory.


They look like an empty tomb when opened.


Empty Tomb Cookies

Make this recipe the evening before Easter. This is a great recipe to teach children the REAL story of Easter – Our Lord Jesus, our Savior, is not dead but rather He Has Risen.

You will need:

  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • Pinch salt
  • Wooden spoon
  • Zipper baggie
  • Tape


Preheat oven to 300° F (this is important. Do not wait until you are half done with the recipe. The oven must be hot and ready to go.)

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.

Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by Roman soldiers.

Read John 19:1-3

Let the children smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing a 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 then 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 cup sugar

Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know this and how to belong to Him.

Read Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes for those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. We stand before God as white as snow in the purity and righteousness given us by our Lord Jesus.

Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:16

Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper covered cookie sheets. 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

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 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 Matt. 28:1-9


I love this Easter recipe. This may surprise you because it has sugar in it. However, I love the lessen so much that I am willing to overlook a little sugar on this one occasion. Shocking right? Well I do use organic sugar which makes it moderately better for you.


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