Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, is nearly upon us. Personally, I do not like to do an "Easter Unit Study" with my
children during the week leading up to Resurrection Sunday as I like to take the week off from our school studies
so that we can reflect upon the incredible gift and sacrifice that our Lord made for us. If your church has Maundy
Thursday or Good Friday services, do attend. Last year, our church held a Seder and we thoroughly enjoyed the
picture of Christ in the Passover meal.
Here is an activity that I do heartily recommend with children of all ages - Resurrection Cookies. As you read
through the recipe, you will see that this time in the kitchen with you will give your children a sobering yet
joyful reminder of Christ's work on the cross for us.
1 C whole pecans zipper baggie
1 tsp vinegar wooden spoon
3 egg whites tape
pinch salt Bible
1 C Sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
1. 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 the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
2. Let each child 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.
3. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave his life to give us life. Read John
4. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them 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 sins. Read Luke 23:27. (So
far the ingredients are not very appetizing.)
5. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants
us to know Him and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
6. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white
represents purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John
7. Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mount represents
the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was lain. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
8. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF (DO NOT BAKE COOKIES).
9. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew
10. Go to bed! Explain to them that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers
were in despair when the tomb was sealed and they had to leave. Read John 16:20 & 22.
On Resurrection morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The
cookies, like the tomb, are hollow! On the first Resurrection morning, Jesus' followers were amazed and surprised
to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9. HE HAS RISEN! HE HAS RISEN INDEED!