Last year, we started a new tradition of making “Empty Tomb Cookies” on Easter Eve. It’s a great, hands-on way for kids of all ages to be reminded of the Easter story. Each ingredient symbolizes a part of the story and there are verses to go along with each step. I originally saw the idea here and she has some great step-by-step photos! Happy Easter!
“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said” – Matthew 28:6
Makes 1-2 dozen
1 cup whole pecans, in a plastic bag
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
1 pinch salt
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees–you MUST do it now. Also, gather a cooking mallet, kitchen mixer, masking tape and Bible.
Read John 19:1-3 ~ Jesus was beaten for our sins; beat the nuts with a cooking mallet; set aside.
Read John 19:28-30 – Jesus drank something like vinegar (gall), sniff the fragrance, dip finger in and taste, too; place the vinegar in a mixing bowl.
Read John 10:10-11 – Egg whites symbolize Jesus’ holy, innocent life; add whites to the bowl with the vinegar.
Read Luke 23:27 – the bitter tears of the women; taste a few grains, remember your own sins; add the salt to the bowl.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16 – Sweet salvation! Taste and see; add to the bowl.
Crank up the mixer and let it go while you read from Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3; let the mixer go for about 12-15 MINUTES; this needs to be VERY stiff!
Read Matthew 27:57-60 – Fold the nuts into the egg-sugar mixture; this symbolizes the rocks in the garden.
Using a scoop or knife & spoon, drop by spoon into mounds (to resemble a rocky tomb); put into the oven and turn it OFF!
Read Matthew 27:65-66 – The tomb is sealed; use two pieces of tape (5-6 inches long) to “seal” the door edges (symbolically).
NEXT MORNING: Read Matthew 28:1-9 – Jesus is risen! Behold–the empty tomb! Unseal the oven door, take out the cookies, break or bite one in half — it should be hollow inside—empty—just like the Tomb!
He is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Post by Brittany Turco, Infant/Toddler Director