Empty Tomb Cookies for Easter
This family activity highlights the TRUE meaning of Easter in a tasty and memorable way.
Easter provides a perfect opportunity to discuss Jesus’ amazing love for us. However, the importance of Easter can be a difficult concept for children to understand. This Faith Talk discussion highlights different talking points and brings an element of mystery and discovery. The scripture texts and conversations can be adapted to accommodate any level of understanding.
Things you’ll need:
* 1 cup whole pecans
* 1 tsp. Vinegar
* 3 egg whites
* 1 pinch of salt
* 1 cup of sugar
* Wooden spoon, baggie, tape, mixer, wax paper, and Bible
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Read John 19:1–3—Jesus was beaten for our sins. Put the pecans in the baggie and take turns beating them into small pieces with the spoon.
- Read John 19:28–30—Jesus tasted something similar to vinegar, but he refused to drink it. Let the kids smell and taste the vinegar before adding to a mixing bowl
- Read John 10:10–11—Egg whites symbolize Jesus’ sinless life. Discuss Jesus’ holiness before adding the egg whites to the bowl. How do we compare to His righteousness?
- Read Luke 23:27—Jesus’ followers shed salty tears because they were very sad after Jesus died. Sprinkle a little salt in each child’s hand. Let them taste it before adding a pinch of salt to the bowl.
- Read Psalm 34:8—The sweetest part of the Easter story is this: Jesus loved us so much that He laid down His life for us. Taste and add the sugar. Read and memorize John 3:16.
- Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1–3. Mix ingredients until stiff peaks form (about 12–15 minutes).
- Read Matthew 27:57–60—Fold the nuts into the mixture with the spoon and drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. These mounds represent the rocky tomb where Jesus was buried.
- Read Matt. 27:65–66—Put the cookie sheet in the pre-heated oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the door closed.
- Read John 16:20, 22—Before going to bed consider these passages. Discuss the grief and sadness Jesus’ friends must have been feeling.
- Easter morning open the oven and remove the cookies. Take a bite. The inside of the cookie should be hollow—empty—just like the tomb!
- Read Matthew 28:1-9 and discuss how Jesus’ friends were excited and their hearts were filled with joy. Jesus had risen from the dead!