Easter Baking: Resurrection Cookies Tell the Story

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There are a lot of different types of Easter baking I love to do.  Adorable duckling, chick, and lamb cookies…Easter Bonnet cakes, special breads and rolls, the list goes on and on.  But before I share those recipes with you this week I want to share this one, because it is the most special of all.

Resurrection cookies are a fun project for parents and kids to do together, and they help children understand the absolutely fabulous thing that happened on that First Easter Morning.  The cookies must be made exactly as written, and the Bible readings must be done at the same time for this dessert to b at it’s best.  I have included links to the various scriptures so that you can print them out to read as you do the recipe and the Bible doesn’t get all floury with your “white thumb”. LOL!

These must be started the night before Easter.

Resurrection Cookies

  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • a pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • a zipper baggy
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • scotch tape
  • Bible

Preheat oven to 300F.
Before you do anything else put the whole pecans in zip-loc and let your children beat them with a meat mallet, or hammers,  to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested. He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read: John 19:1-3


Allow each child to smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon 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 the egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life
to give us life. Read: John 10:10-11


Put a little of the salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest
into the bowl. If you have a lot of kids like I do put the pinch of salt INTO the bowl and then allow them to taste a little of  salt or you will have too much salt in the recipe! 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 would not make a very good dessert!  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 and belong to Him. Read: Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks form.  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 3:1-3

Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper covered cookie sheet.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Read: Matthew 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: Matthew 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:Matthew 28:1-9

This may be the most important recipe that you make this Easter.  :)

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    • http://www.cookiedoc.blogspot.com Claire

      What a hope-full recipe!!! I’ve heard of these but haven’t ever read the actual recipe. This is GREAT! I’ll have to remember this for when I have children.

    • Marye

      :) thanks Claire!

    • http://mrswskitchen.blogspot.com/ Mrs.W

      These are wonderful. I’m copying it… maybe I can use it for a children’s church project one day.

    • Marye

      We used it in kids church, Mrs. W. the problem is that it has to be a two day project. If your kids church is small enough you just have the kids over to the house to do it the night before,a nd serve them in the morning during snack time.

    • http://mrswskitchen.blogspot.com/ Mrs.W

      Fortunately our children’s church is very small, so this is do-able. Not sure if I can get it organized before this easter, but I can certainly keep it on-file for next year!

    • Marye

      Have fun with it!

    • http://meganscookin.blogspot.com megan

      A great lesson and a great way to share it!
      Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to e-mail it to all the young mothers in my bible study!

    • Marye

      I hope they enjoy it, megan..

    • Pam

      Does anyone know a good substitute for the pecans in Resurrection Cookies? My son is allergic to nuts! Would chocolate chips work? Thanks!!

    • http://mrswskitchen.blogspot.com/ Mrs.W

      For Pam–maybe currants would work? Just guessing, here.

    • Marye

      Pam- is he allergic to sunflower seeds as well? They would work.

    • Michelle

      I LOVED this idea and made them this year, but mine didn’t dry out at all, even though the oven was preheated and then I turned it off. They were soft the next day. Does anyone have any ideas of what might have gone wrong? I scooped the little mounds with my small scooper (I think it is a tablespoon).

    • Marye

      It sounds like the egg whites either were not beaten enough, it was very hunid, or someone opened the oven door to sneak a peek during the process. :(

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    • Michelle

      Thanks for the ideas… you know, I didn’t actually time how long I beat them, I just did it until they were stiff. It seemed like a long time, but perhaps was not long enough. Do they change even more with the beating after they are already stiff (meaning, at some point do you think, “Ah ha!” or once they get stiff do you mostly have to watch the clock to make sure they have been beaten long enough? Another thing I was wondering if it could have affected the results is we have a brand new oven (it is German because we live in Germany) and it cools down with a fan and I’m wondering if it simply cools too quickly. Any ideas (in case this was a problem) how to combat that? (leaving it on for a bit on a lower temp??) I am determined to get this right because I am so crazy about the idea! I already passed it on to all my friends! Thanks for your help and suggestions. It is good to have something to work with!

    • Marye

      I would think that the fan is your culprit! I don;t know how you would ocmbat that. :(

    • http://www.wendysheppard.net Ivory Spring

      Wow – Marye, this has to be one of the coolest recipes I have ever come across. Thanks for sharing – you are so creative! I love your baking blog too — have been spending time here tonight while I am sewing!

      Good job keeping up with the blog!

    • Marye

      Ivory..what are you sewing? I need to make time for it ..I miss my sewing.

    • http://www.wendysheppard.net Ivory Spring

      Hi Marye,

      I am burning midnight oil in trying to get a magazine quilt completed: http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/challenge-within-challenge/

    • Jalaina

      Can anyone tell me how long (in hours) does it need to stay in the oven? I was hoping to prepare the cookies w/my Sunday school class and open the oven after church service was over.

    • Carolyn Jones

      Does anyone know how many cookies one recipe makes? I have a large Sunday School class, and want enough for everyone to have one.

    • JillyBean

      This is such a great idea! I plan on making the cookies the day before. Then on Sunday we will make another batch with the kids put them in the oven and let them “seal the tomb” and then I will have a helper lead them out the back door on a little walk around the church. Then when they come back in I can take the cookies out of the oven that I switched while they were on their walk! He is Risen!

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    • Marye Audet

      Jalaina I dont think it will owrk because it needs at least 8 hours. BUT you can make a batch of them ahead…then make them with your class up to the point of putting them in the oven. That is what I did and it worked well.

    • Marye Audet

      Carolyn
      I think that the last time I made these I got 18 out of them. Hope this helps

    • Marye Audet

      fantaistic way of handling this!