Easter Traditions: Easter Story Cookies

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Easter Story Cookies have been a favorite family tradition for us since my oldest was a toddler.

My original printout is dated March 1999! I know there are variations of this recipe floating around all over the web, but thought I’d share with you how we do it.

Ingredients & Equipment

  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ziploc bag
  • wooden spoon
  • mixing bowl
  • mixer
  • wax paper
  • cookie sheet
  • tape
  • Bible

These are to be made the evening before Easter.

Preheat the oven to 300.

Place pecans in the ziploc bag and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into small pieces.
Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19: 1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon of vinegar in a mixing bowl.  
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.  
Read John 19: 28-30.

Add egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs are a symbol of life.  
Explain that Jesus gave His live to give us life.  
Read John 10: 10-11.

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 also the bitterness of our own sin. 
Read Luke 23:27.

So far the ingredients aren’t very appetizing, are they? 

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 and belong to Him. 
 Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat the mixture with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form (let everyone take a turn if using a hand mixer).  
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 teaspoonful onto a wax 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.

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 and 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.

These cookies along with Resurrection or Empty Tomb Rolls are a fun treat that our kids look forward to each year. I hope this recipe and tradition is as meaningful and fun for your family as it has been over the years for ours!

Have a blessed Holy Week!

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  1. What a great recipe and tradition. I'm saving this to try. Thanks!

  2. Point to note, if you have a fan oven where the fan continues to whirl after you switch off, to cool the oven down quicker, this won't work unless you switch the power off to the fan! I know this from experience!

  3. I will be making these tommorow night, I can't wait till the kidssee the surprise! just wondering how many cookies this makes? we have 4 kids and I'm used to doubling everything Do I need to?

    • I've never counted, but it makes a bunch! We never eat them all…and I have four kids too! I think you'll be safe with a single batch! 😉

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