By Erin Davis
The concept of Jesus’ resurrection is a complex one to teach to little hearts and minds.
This year, my boys and I will be making “Resurrection Cookies” the day before Easter
and munching on them Easter morning. The cookies are made with a simple recipe that
incorporates ingredients to represent the elements of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It’s
hands-on, fun, and edible, making this lesson perfect for kids of all ages.
1 cup pecans
1 tsp. white vinegar
3 egg whites at room temperature
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Other supplies needed:
2. Large freezer bag
3. Large wooden spoon or rubber mallet
Preheat your oven to 300°
1. Place the pecans in a large, sealed plastic bag. Let your child break the pecans in to
small pieces by beating them with a spoon or mallet.
READ: John 19:1-3
“Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of
thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him,
saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ and struck him with their hands.”
2. Pour the vinegar into a large bowl. Let your children take turns smelling it. Ask them
to describe if it smells good or bad? Ask them what they think it would taste like.
READ: John 19:28-30
“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said ( to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I
thirst.’ A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on
a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he
said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
3. Whisk the 3 egg whites into the vinegar.
Explain to your children, the eggs represent life. Tell them that animals lay eggs to
produce babies (chickens, turtles, birds etc).
Explain that Jesus gave up His life by dying on the cross so that we could have eternal
life with Him.
READ: John 10:10-11
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The
good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
4. Sprinkle some salt into your child’s hand. Allow them to taste it and then shake the rest
of the salt into the bowl.
Explain that Jesus’ friends, family and followers cried salty tears when Jesus died.
READ: Luke 23:27
“And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were
mourning and lamenting for him.”
5. Let your kids taste a small amount of the sugar.
Gradually add sugar to the bowl using a hand or electric mixer. (A hand mixer would
work best with little kids because they can do the mixing safely).
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us and He
wanted to make a way for us to be with Him forever.
READ: John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him
should not perish but have eternal life.”
6. Beat until stiff peaks form.
Explain that white represents purity and how Jesus can clean away our sins.
READ: Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, shall become like wool.”
7. Add the nuts and fold gently. Explain that Jesus’ friends took His body after he died
and cared for it gently. They put it in a tomb. Drop the batter into small mounds, or tombs on a cookie sheet.
READ: Matthew 27:57-60
“When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also
was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate
ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen
shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a
great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.”
8. Put the cookies in the oven. Close the door and turn the oven off.
9. Give each child a piece of tape to seal the oven door closed.
READ: Matthew 25:65-66
“Pilate said to them, ‘You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.’ So
they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.”
10. Tell your kids that they may feel sad to leave their cookies in the oven, just as Jesus’
friends felt sad they day they left Him in the tomb. But promise they will hear the rest of
the story in the morning.
11. Do not open the oven until the next morning. Give your children a cookie. When they
bite their cookie, they will discover it is hollow on the inside.
Explain that on the very first Easter, Jesus’ friends came to the tomb and were surprised
to find that it was empty.
READ: Matthew 28:1-9
“Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene
and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for
an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and
sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for
fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the
women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not
here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and
tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to
Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.’ So they departed quickly from the
tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them
and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.”
We’d love to hear how your kids respond to this project and additional ways to share the truth of the Resurrection with kids. Leave us a comment and tell us about it.
ERIN DAVIS is the founder of Graffiti Ministries, an organization dedicated to addressing the issues of identity, worth, and true beauty in the lives of young women. She is the author of Beyond Bath Time, which addresses the importance of motherhood as a sacred role. A popular speaker, author and blogger, Erin has addressed women of all ages nationwide and written several books including Beyond Bath Time, Graffiti: Learning to See the Art in Ourselves, True Princess, and The Bare Facts, co-written with Josh McDowell. Her quest for the perfect scoop of ice cream is never ending and her children Eli and Noble are her constant source of entertainment.